Forgetting the Past

By Virginia Brandt Berg

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As we stand before the portals of the New Year, we don’t know what it’s going to bring. Although we sometimes wish we could, God has made it so we can’t pull aside the curtains of the future and see what is in store, and I’m happy to leave it at that because I know He knows best.

There’s one thing we do know, though, and this is that we can leave behind the past with all of its cares and frets and its pains and heartaches and mistakes and . . .  read more

Another Year to Love Him

By Maria Fontaine

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“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
—Ephesians 3:20 NLT

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a good time to look back on the accomplishments and victories, as well as the mistakes of the old year, and to look forward with determination to do our best to make the new year an even better and more fruitful one! It’s encouraging to see all the challenges . . .  read more

New Year, New Commitments

A compilation

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The beginning of a new year is such an interesting time—I see it as the cusp between the past and the future. We often think back over our experiences of the past year, as well as look ahead to what the new year will bring. It can be encouraging to see the challenges met, the victories won, the progress made, the commitments carried through, and the blessings we’ve had throughout the previous year. It’s also a time to assess areas where we had hoped we’d make headway . . .  read more

New Year Beginnings and Endings

A compilation

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The world is full of beginnings and endings. We begin a new year with a certain hope—another year, another chance, a new day. But we carry with us the same fears, the same longings, the same resolutions. A more cynical riposte thus might be: Is there ever really anything new about a new year?

When the past or present seems so broken that its shards seem to reach well into the future, new days are often filled more with fear than with promise. I remember a time myself when I . . .  read more

Parting with the Past

A compilation

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All that the past year holds of wrong or right, regret or sorrow, that’s in the hand of God’s almighty love! But thank God, if we truly trust the Lord Jesus Christ, if . . .  read more