What About Our New Year


I have had some extra time this week to talk with God about this year and the year ahead. I know we will all be seeing many blogs writing about the new year and resolutions and I was going to skip it. Then, God guided me to:

If they, why not I?  If these men and women could become saints, why cannot I with the help of Him who is all-powerful?”

– St. Augustine

We live in a hurting world. We live in a country where people are leaving the church in significant numbers. There are many in need. Do people see us driving our, perhaps, fancy car and living in a perhaps, nice area but do not see us helping the neediest among us?

My prayer is that we lift one another up in prayer this weekend to encourage talks with God. Sure it’s a great weekend for bowl games and gatherings and fun but it is also a perfect weekend to talk with God. Give Him thanks and praise! Ask Him where He wants you to be? Who does He want you to help? Who does He want you to meet or be with.

Let us pray!


19 comments on “What About Our New Year

  1. Perfect way to start new year and I do believe if you talk he listens and even talk back, guiding us in so many ways. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Fran Rogers says:

    Thank you Rick, the best way to end the year and begin a new one ~ praying one out and praying one in, and thanking the Lord for His blessings in both. 🙂 We don’t know how He was working this year, nor what His plans are for the next, but we can praise Him for both, anticipating His grace and goodness, His guidance and presence with us in 2017. Have a blessed new year in the Lord. ~ Fran

  3. Oceans2c7 says:

    Reading this reminded me of these scriptures…the one about entertaining angels unaware..and when you do to the least of these you have done unto me. Your emphasis on prayer is so important. It’s the easiest to do yet, how often we all put it off. I am definitely not a girl that believes you have to spend X amount of time praying. I believe it’s very personal and it can be done anywhere at anytime. I was taught to never pray out of obligation cause then it’s done more out of “I better do this” instead of “I want to do this”…I enjoy talking to God…and This I know, it helps me and then I’m able to help others. Thank you for this great year end …New Year…anytime post!

    • Thank you so much for being here! I am in total agreement with you that we can pray anytime and anywhere we happen to be. I believe God is with us anytime and anywhere so it makes complete sense! “I want to do this” in terms of your prayer time is so awesome and a reflection of where you are on your walk of faith! Thank you for walking with me. I appreciate you and your blog!

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  5. Such a great post and great reminders!!! He wants us to start moving a little, so He can push us on a little further. Love this!

  6. How right you are about the decline in the church. My sons who are millennial adults see the hypocrisy of the Christians you describe. I pray we give up “religion” and be “Jesus with skin on” for others. God bless!

    • Thank you so much for being here with us! Comments are welcomed and appreciated as they can “complete” a blog in wonderful ways or give us more to consider. I am looking forward to reading your blog!

  7. Awesome Rick that you operated in obedience with this year end post. I actually skipped mine feeling the same way you did. I was empty from a creative writing stand point and was actually feeling disappointed about 2016. Didn’t want to end the year venting!so I prayed and waited. Blessing my friend and looking forward, (Although a bit late) to reading your initial 2017 post!😊

    • Thank you so much for being here and for sharing your walk of faith on your blog. Don’t worry about being a “bit late”, as you can see I am more than a bit late but hope to be here on a more timely basis going forward. Blessings for your day and this new year of revelation!

  8. I shared this on the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/shatteredinhim/

    May your personal ministry here reach some more people!

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