Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

You have been handed a new book.
Its pages are blank.
Its spine is stiff and the paper smells fresh.

You crack open the ledger and thumb through the crisp pages.
All empty.
Not a single line of prose.
Not a single jotting of a memory.
Not a single letter, sign, or symbol.

Every space available.
Every room a vacancy.
Every chapter void.

What will you do with this diary?
Is your memoir a mystery, comedy, or tragedy?

What would the title read?
The chapters?

Will you do with this diary the same as you did with last year's?

Will you write within its pages the same verses, the same resolves, the same worries?

What if, instead of being bound within the binding of yesterday,
you could scribble new dreams?
What if your journal, instead of failure, recorded fruition?
Instead of regret, rejoicing?
Instead of fear, faith?

But, despite your own determination,
your quest for perfection is unattainable.
Your hunt for holiness, useless.

However, the hero in our story defends our honor.
The villain who would hinder and sabotage our deliverance is bested and crushed!
Our worthless virtue becomes exquisite beauty.

Since God reconciled us through Jesus,
we all get a fresh start with new mercies and new grace.
Every single day.
Every single page.
Every single line.

As you pick up your pen to write in your new year's book, 
within the narrative will you record the truth, when confronted with lies?
Will you testify to hope when driven to despair?
Will you submit to His authority as the Author and Publisher of your faith?

 If you belong to Christ, you are a new creation. 
The old things have gone; everything is made new!

What a note-worthy novel yours will be!


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  1. Yes, 2014 is "fresh with no mistakes in it." I LOVE my annual journals-- they're Mary Engelbreit, and I adore all the colorful art, sayings, inspiration.

    Thank your for a thoughtful reminder that we are NEW creatures in Christ Jesus! That makes 2014 and every other year to come worth living!

    Happy highways,

  2. Hi Leslie! Thank you for such a meaningful post! Wishing you and your family a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happy New Year!!

  3. This is amazing! What a gift you have with words.
    Thank you for a beautiful, meaningful, graceful, joyous post.
    Happy New Year

  4. Well said my friend. Everything is made possible through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  5. Wonderful encouragement today, Leslie! May the words inscribed in our 2014 journals be evidence of the Christ-focus choices we make TODAY - and everyday. Wishing you a happy and blessed new year.

  6. Such a great post!! Thanks so much :)

  7. Hello Leslie..You are so right. God first and all the rest will follow. Hope your new year is super. Susan

  8. This is great!! I have a new book with blank pages. So far, the first six pages of my book have been left blank, because I've done nothing but rest! :) I love the perspective you bring to the new year. I am hoping to implement that into my everyday living. I look forward to all your post as you have gained a new follower! You ideas are all so great and inspiration for my new house that I am so desperately trying to make into a home!



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