Today is the one year anniversary of A New Heart Life! Thanks for sticking with me on this writing journey. It’s been an amazing, challenging year. But here we are, at the end of one year and the beginning of another. Some people make New Year’s resolutions, others pray for a word or two that will define their upcoming year. I want to take a moment to pray blessings over us as we step into the new year. If we take it, a new year can be a new start. It can be a chance to reset, to examine where we are and where we want to be. It can be a time of reflection and growth. I hope that as you look back over last year, you see how far you’ve come on your journey with God and you hold onto His promises for your life in the upcoming year.

“Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:18-19

May this be a year of breakthrough. May we live out our salvation as fully surrendered children of the One True God. 

May we be fully alive, embracing the life He has promised for us.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

John 10:10

Father, strengthen our faith in you that we may live courageous lives, relying on you for our strength. Pour out your power on us as we walk forward in Your Truth, sharing our lives and our hope with the world around us. 

Deliver us from fear. Let us lean wholly on Your love.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

John 4:18a

Teach us to trust You completely, worship You only, and walk with You always. 

Overflow our hearts with Your love. May it splash out onto others. May we be a people defined by our love for You and for the world. Reveal Your image in those we meet, even those who do not walk with you. May we recognize that all people are made in Your image and treat all humanity with dignity and respect; even when we disagree, even when evil distorts your perfect creation. Let us love with a love like Yours, a love willing to sacrifice its own interest to save others.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

Philippians 2:3

Give us a hunger for your Truth. May we pursue You through Your Word, in prayer, and in community with others deeper than we ever have before. Strengthen our relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ. May we stand together in your Truth.

Grant us grace to meet the needs of the people around us. May we be patient, gentle, and kind. Grow Your fruit in us. Give us fresh hope to complete the works You have prepared for us. 

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

Thank you Jesus for the salvation you won for us. Thank you that Your blood covers us, cleanses us from all wrongdoing, and delivers our souls from evil. Thank you for sharing Your power and glory. Thank you for allowing us to participate in restoring your good creation and bringing Your Kingdom to earth. Thank you for fresh starts, for do-overs, and for forgiving us every single time we ask. Thank You for showing us the Way to You.

“Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”

Galatians 6:23-24

Thank you all for your love and support over the last year. Let’s jump into 2020 renewed and strengthened in His Love.

About megstoike

I'm a wife, mom of two, and lover of Jesus. I believe through Him we are transformed and receive new life, giving us unique purpose.

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