I think of starting a new year like crossing a bridge to a new unknown place. It’s with mixed emotions I cross. I’m excited for all God has in store, knowing He is my loving Father and His plans for my life are for good. But I’m also a bit nervous about saying goodbye to much of what I’m comfortable with and is known. 

Before I cross the bridge into a new year, they’re a few things I do to help me prepare for the traverse.

1. I pray and ask the Lord to give me a “year verse or verses” from the Bible. I’ve been doing this for about five years now, and as I reflect back on each year, He has always given me a “banner” truth over each year.

2. I pray and ask the Lord to show me what HIS priorities are going into the New Year. Are there things I need to let go of? Are there new habits that need to be implemented? Are there adjustments that need to be made in my schedule? I ask Him to help me stick to HIS priorities and not be distracted with things that may appear good, but are not His will. (Ask Him if there is anything you DON’T need to be doing.)

3. I spend time thanking Him for all He did in me, through me, and allowed me to be a part of, in the previous year. It is faith-building to look back and remember God’s loving care throughout the year and encouraging as I’m stepping into a new year with trust for uncharted journeys. I am reminded that He is a faithful God! (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

4. I make a prayer list for my family, friends, ministry, and other things the Lord lays on my heart at the time. Then at the end of the year I go back and look at that list and praise God for all the answers!

As we enter this New Year, take hold of all the new possibilities that await you. Embrace God’s plan and purpose for your life, knowing that it is unique to YOU! I love the saying, “I may not know what the future holds, but I trust the One who holds it.”

Happy New Year!

For His Glory,