Stepping into a New Year and Free Devotional

by Phyllis Sather on January 2, 2013

I like new – New days, new weeks, and new beginnings – especially my new beginning with the Lord, when he washed me clean and set my feet on solid ground and let me begin again.

So here I am at the start of a new year. It’s time to set aside the old and move on to the new, but somehow this year that seems like an enormous step. It isn’t that I don’t want to move on; it’s just that I’m not sure which direction to head out in.

For some reason I’m feeling its OK for me to relax and enjoy what I’m doing, rather than rushing headlong into something – anything.

I think this attitude adjustment began in early December when I decided to stop trying to meet a January deadline and just enjoy Christmas with my family. I had been feeling like a Push Me Pull Me from Dr. Dolittle. When I was working on the project I felt guilty because I wanted to be with my family. When I was with my family I felt guilty because I wasn’t working on the project. I finally just said, enough, and since I couldn’t very well set my family aside, I set the project aside.
It’s been very nice to not be so busy for a season and to really take time to spend with my family – although we still were busy.

Today I’ve spent some time visiting some of my favorite websites to see what others are doing. Some are online with a fully developed plan to start the New Year. Others like me, have set some time aside to regroup, or for a season while their attention is needed elsewhere.
There are a couple of things I am working on.

First, I decided yesterday to start reading A Life of Gratitude by Shelley Hitz. I was blessed to be able to contribute one story of gratitude that was included in this book. After looking it over I decided it would be a good way to start 2013 – 21 days of gratitude certainly couldn’t hurt.
Free Devotional: By this time I’ve usually chosen a devotional to use for the year but this year I haven’t so this is a good option for me while I decide on something for the year. I’m open to suggestions so if you have a favorite please leave me a comment. If I choose your book I’ll send you a free copy of one of my favorites.

Second, I’m looking forward to and preparing for our annual planning time. We are taking a full week – January 16-23, and have a lot to pray about, talk about, and make decisions on. We will use the material from our book Purposeful Planning as the basis for our time like we have since 1995. This is always an exciting time for us as we seek the Lord for His plans for us and a family and as individuals. If anyone is willing to pray for us during that week let me know either in the comments or via email at

Finding Joy in the Journey,

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