Happy New Year all! I know we are halfway through January already but this is my first chance to say it to everyone for 2018. I hope this New Year has already opened up new blessings and opportunities for each one of you.

With the New Year in full-swing I have seen many posts across social media with people expressing the phrase New Year, New Me. This has resonated with me for a reason I can’t quite place. There are many times this blog deadline is fast approaching and I have no idea what I am going to write about, and other times it is something like this I just can’t shake. When I can’t let it go sometimes the best thing I can do is write it out.

I am the first to admit, and have in previous postings, that I need to improve in many areas of my life. After all, our Lord Jesus Christ is the only One who is indeed perfect so we all have room for progress to be made. However, I am not viewing this New Year, New Me motto in the most positive sense this 2018.

I want to be better this year, there is no mistake about that. I want to eat healthier, get in better shape, build deeper relationships in my life and do some challenging things this year. But I want to be better, no necessarily new.

Not to sound like a broken record, but we all have room for improvement. The “me” writing this today sure has lived some life and I don’t want to be sparkly and new. Okay, so anyone who knows me knows I love sparkle and bling so yes I want to sparkle but you get the gist of where I am going with that. I want to learn and grow from those old experiences because those are the moments that have made me. I am still trying to get to know this person every day.

I want to find re-Newed strength in my faith, my marriage and friendships but I want to re-establish these connections not start from scratch. If you look at making yourself new, what might you lose in the process? Others could take this approach and turn it to, well Kristin, what could you gain? I see that point but I feel I gain so much more by bringing the lessons learned along for the ride too. I hope we all look at 2018 as a year to improve and restore.

“He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”

Psalm 23:3

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.”

Psalm 51:10-12

Be blessed,

Kristin