Sunday, January 1, 2012

Clean Start

Fresh Possibility.

A Finish Line, followed by a Start Line.

A season of revelry, followed by a season of renewed focus and discipline.

A Clean Slate.

This is what appeals to us about a new year.

Today I have an uber healthy, cleansing soup in the crock pot. I'm making my to-read list for the next three months. I'm changing all the sheets on the beds, airing out the duvets and straightening up my closet.

I'm praying over my next MY ONE WORD. I think I know what it will be. One came to me two weeks ago, but I always take several weeks to let it fully arise. More on that later.

Today I'm working on my inspiration notebooks. In the last chapter of It's No Secret I talked about keeping notebooks - full of images, articles, hand-written notes, quotes and verses - that remind me what is important to me, what my priorities are.  I look through them regularly to motivate me to keep my priorities a priority.

Because we often forget our priorities, don't we? Or at least we fail to keep to them.

That's why we like a new year - it's a fresh chance to realign and begin again. It's a time pregnant with possibility. It's a call to renew our vows to God and self.

So here's to 2012. What are you doing in this first day of the year?

Happy New Year!


  1. I love this article you wrote, Rachel, on thoughts about the new year before us. I spend today getting calendars organized and at least thinking about things I"d like to change about myself. I really like that "my one word' idea. Thank you for sending the link to further explore. It just makes so much more sense than those resolutions we've all tried and failed it. The *one word* puts God into it.
    I Love to keep notebooks of things that are very important to me too...I am writing and collecting all the time.
    I look forward to more of your thoughts on this...

  2. Happy 2012, Rachel!!

    I have "inspirational notebooks" too! I love that! :)

    Honing in on my 2012 annual verse. Between hanging with my peeps today, I am hoping to sneak in more quiet time in the Word so I can journal my verse and really let it melt into my heart.

    Hugs to you and yours!
    Enjoy your day!

  3. Lana and Sharon - looks like we have another thing in common with our inspiration notebooks.

    Happy New Year!

  4. I didn't know if I would make any kind of resolutions this year. But since the Lord has been working on my heart about some different things, I figured now was a good time to work on them.

    My main goal is to memorize two books of the Bible this year!

  5. I took a day off on the 1st, but I too am feeling a freshness about this new year. I look forward to hearing from a fellow word-lover what your One Word is for the year. Blessings as we begin anew.

  6. I've been struggling with my one word this year. Nothing seems to come to the top to consider..... Maybe I need a verse this year!

    We are renovating our kitchen so the house is a mess. We do the work ourselves which takes longer. I'm trying to make the best of it, looking forward to the end result! I guess that's what our new start is this year =) We are planning to sell this year, hopefully by summer. Should be an exciting year!

    Happy New Year to you, Rachel!

  7. Stephanie BekasiJanuary 04, 2012

    Happy New Year Rachel <3

    My Word is SUBMIT! It's been my Word for a few months now,at every corner SUBMIT is staring me in the face. The people (women) God has plaved in my life are showing me what it means to,and it has nothing to do with being a "door-mat". It's about Respect. It's a good thing I serve a Faithful and Merciful God,who abounds in PATIENCE because I am a work in progress!I see each day as a "Clean Start". Anew day to be more like Him <3

    Blessings <3 XOXOX


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