New Beginnings

Kim LehmannUncategorized

Last spring, I came down with a terrible case of the flu. Well, it was never actually diagnosed as the flu, but I had all the tale tell signs of the flu. I remember showing up at Urgent Care and sitting in the waiting room – hunkered over, rocking myself, and shivering. I spent a full two days in bed after that while my husband balanced three small children, mounting piles of laundry and dirty dishes. I was one more baby for him to care for that week. But during those two days in bed, I succumbed to the rage of the hit show, Fixer Upper. I was introduced to the love of Chip and JoJo. After binge watching season one, two AND three, I quickly realized why America had fallen in love with this hit show! Besides the couple’s cute bantering and Chip’s wild personality, I loved the BIG reveal. The moment when the canvas is finally rolled away and the new home is shown for the first time. It is beautiful!

Although, it’s not really anything new for us. We are created with this “old is gone, new has come” desire. 2 Corinthians 5 speaks to it and in verse 7 it says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” As God’s creation, we long for new. We long to see the old, broken, beat-up be restored and made whole and new and fresh.

That’s why I love the New Year so much. I am one of “those” people. I realize that many people have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. I get it. I don’t keep all my goals either. I’m human. But there is something new and fresh to the start of a New Year, like a blank canvas waiting to be lived out. I love sitting down with my journal and reflecting on the past year – what worked, what didn’t, what do I need to work on, what dreams to I have in my heart. I enjoy processing all this with the Lord and coming together with Him to reflect and dream. For me, it’s the ending of one season and the beginning of a new one. Lamentations points to the Lord’s mercies never coming to an end; they are new every morning. We get a fresh start with each sunrise. A fresh start at the beginning of each work week. But then there is the fresh start of a new year that seems big… and different.

I don’t know what side of the fence you sit on when it comes to the New Year – if you enjoy writing down new goals or think of January 1st as just another day, but January 1st does mark the beginning of something new. I want to urge you to take some time this week to get alone with God. Take some time to reflect on this past year. What were some of your favorite moments? Where did you see growth? What changes can you make in the new year? In what areas of your life do you want to grow in 2017?

God has plans and purpose for you this year. He wants to use you to further His Kingdom. He wants to take you deeper in your walk with Him. He wants to reveal more of His character to you. I pray that you would run hard after God, that you would be intentional in your relationship with Him and allow Him to grow you in your faith.   Proverbs 16:9 says that in a man’s heart he plans his course, but it is the Lord that determines his steps. May you trust in the Lord in 2017. Delight yourself in Him and commit your way to the Lord.