It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and we are about to start a new year.  How do 365 days pass so quickly?  Undoubtedly, you have read stories and seen posts on social media about how to start this new year right…how to keep resolutions you’ve made…how to make 2017 better than 2016.  It seems that everyone has a “perfect plan” for you to start your new year “right.”  Do you know which one is really the PERFECT plan for a great new year? I do!

So, how do we release the past year (or years) and prepare for a new year?

If you have ever read our posts, have seen Side By Side, or heard our testimony…you probably know just what we believe the answer is.

1 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation.  The old has gone, the new is here!

Jesus is the answer to “new!”  If we want to move forward and live the life we were created to live, we need to trust the One who created us.  If we want to forgive the past and step boldly into the present and the future, we need to have faith in the One who has a clear, precise and perfect plan for us.  If we want to forge ahead into the unknown–unknown to us, but known to Him), we need to place our lives and the lives of those we love in His loving hands.

The best New Year’s Resolution we can make is to

Love God.

and then love others.

What if 2017 is the last year you spend on this earth?  Do you know, without a doubt, that you will live in eternity with your Savior?  If you don’t, I urge you to consider starting your new year with Jesus in your heart.  I promise you will not regret it.

May you have a joyous 2017, friends!


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