Lighting Up The New Year!

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Every year, when the calendar season starts fresh, it feels like the slate is wiped clean and I have a fresh start. I usually ruin it by creating a big list of things I want to accomplish in the months to come. Lose more weight, eat healthier, read my Bible more, exercise more, blah, blah, blah. Usually three weeks or so into the New Year, I feel like I’ve failed at most of my resolutions, even though it’s impossible.

That’s the hard part about being a recovering perfectionist. The minute you have a little bit of “unhealthy” food, skip a workout, ignore your BIble, etc. you battle with the evil little perfectionist in your head who says you’ve failed. It’s crazy-making behavior! I’ve struggled with this crazy cycle most of my adult life. It creates anxiety and is such a self-defeating way to look at the world!

It’s exhausting wanting to be more and feeling like you are never enough.

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Can you relate at all?

What if we stopped wanting to do more? What if we just rested in Jesus? What if He was more than enough?

Jesus is always enough. You are more than enough because of Him.

Last week, I found myself up before sunrise filled with anxiety over the unending to-do list in my head.

I sat in the early morning quiet, pondering the year ahead, with a warm cup of coffee in my hand. All the things I hoped to accomplish made my heart race. But as I paused to quiet my mind and rest in the presence of the Lord, the sun began to rise and a feeling of peace settled into my soul. I heard a gentle whisper in my soul, “You are more than enough because of Jesus.”

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 14:27 NLT

I like how verses 25-27 in The Message says: “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.”

I love the image that Jesus’ parting gift to us was peace. I don’t know about you, but I could use more peace these days. The world is CRAZY!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4: 6-7

Endless possibilities for peace await us this New Year.

As I sat in silence that morning, a glimmer of sunshine on the newly fallen snow caught my eye and it gave me hope for a year filled with endless opportunities to find peace by resting in Jesus.

Peace awaits us in so many ways. We can choose to look for the good in this world. We can embrace kindness and share it like confetti! We can choose faith in Jesus over faith in self. We can calm our anxiety by reminding ourselves that we can’t control everything, no matter how strongly we want to! We can choose to stop filling up our to-do list with so many things that give us a false sense of worthiness. We can spend more time with Jesus.

My unofficial to-do list went right out the window as I began to reflect on a year of just resting in my identity in Christ.

I was reminded of Matthew 5: 14-15 –

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.

Matthew 5: 14-15 NLT

Be the light in a dark, fallen world this New Year.

Let your light shine in your home this new year. More hugs, less anger. More smiles, fewer tears. More patience, less anxiousness. More kindness, less complaining. More rest, fewer things on our to-do lists.

Just as the moon reflects the glory of the sun, we must let the light that is Jesus shine in us.

How will you let God’s light shine brightly in your life this year? Embrace the beauty of who He created you to be! Rest in His goodness. Bask in His grace. You are more than enough in Him.

You are a light to this dark world. Let the brilliance of Jesus shine through YOU!

Be the special person God created you to be!

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3 thoughts on “Lighting Up The New Year!”

  1. Hey, Nicki, it’s so good to see you again. And I hear you about the resolutions … in 10 minutes I’ve forgotten them and moved on.

    But Jesus. He never changes, never fails, is not surprised at what’s happening in our lives and in our world. More than ever, He is the light.

    I am so grateful.

  2. I love this! That’s how I was last year. I barely made any goals but my number one priority was letting God lead in all areas of my life. Awesome post.

    1. Yes! so often I try to tell Him how my days and weeks should go and I’m learning to just be in the present moment and to live and love Him and others well! Thanks for the encouragement! xoxo

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