Firstly, Happy New Year!! (I know sorry – so cliche)

I realise New Years can be somewhat over rated. Ok maybe not prior to having kids, when I could actually stay out until at least midnight – haha!

No but seriously I have to say I actually really enjoy this time of year, when I have a kind of forced opportunity to evaluate my life and change the things I can.

It always gives me a sense of excitement of the possibilities of what this New Year will bring & what I can do to fulfill all God has for me. Every moment is a gift and I want to make the most of it. When I became sick many years ago I really captured a new perspective on life and how I want to make a change for God in this world and enjoy the moments I have! Over the years I sometimes lose this perspective when I get stuck in certain situations or circumstances but then I am quickly reminded to be grateful for what I do have and enjoy life and do what I can!

I love the chance for new beginnings, especially the ones God supplies to me on a regular basis.

The Lord’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23)

I stare at the blank pages of my new journal. I begin to think of a couple of things I would like to do better this year. As I have a tendency of writing more things then I could probably accomplish I quietly whisper to myself, “Melly break your New Years resolutions down to just 5”. This was impossible!! I did try, but as I pondered on the last 12 months and thought about the future – I got a bit eager and ended up with 12.

I love that I can plan for the year ahead. I love that God allows me the room to grow and change and be all that He has called me to be. I love that even though I do not know what the future will bring, that He is right there beside me holding my hand along the way.

Encouragement of the week:

Not everyone gets to enter into this New Year with such anticipation and excitement due to the circumstances surrounding them. There are different seasons and moments in our life. Some are happy and some are sad. I pray that whichever you find yourself in – that you know you are loved and held by the Creator Himself!! May we cheer each other on – through the tough times and the good!!! Love Melly xx