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Jan 31, 2009

Happy New Year to Me! ~ A Do~Over

Happy New Year!

If you’ve been following my posts since this year began, then you know about our ski trip, my husband’s accident, his skin graft and pain, my terror driving through high winds in snowy mountain passes…and all of the other stuff that has come our way!

You may also remember that weeks before the ski trip God spoke to me in a way that prepared my heart for what would come. The thing that resonates over and again with me is this thought: Sometimes God prepares your heart in ways you cannot fathom for events you would never choose. The theme of His preparation of my heart was love.
For several years now around the first week of January, I have prayed about the theme of my life for the coming year. Last year my theme was “My Times are in His Hands” based on the passage in Psalms 31:15.

Recently I told a friend that I would never have chosen for this accident to happen but I am so grateful that God has spoken to me through it. In all of my impatience, He has been patient with me. Patiently listening. Patiently speaking. Patiently guiding.

Last week while at a doctor’s appointment, the nurse asked us when the accident occurred. “January 1st,” I responded.
She said, “What a way to start the New Year!”
“Yeah,” I answered. “I want a do-over.”
That is when I began thinking, “Why not a do-over?” The more I thought about it, the more it felt right. So February 1 is the official beginning of my New Year.

Inspired by my dear friend, I am starting my new year with 3 days of intentionality toward God. I will intentionally look for God in unusual places. I will intentionally choose more time with Him. I will intentionally listen to His voice. I will intentionally choose love over any other option. I will intentionally deny myself and offer it as a sacrifice of worship to Him.
Bonus~Since an intention is a resolve, I have my New Year's resolutions, too!

So Happy New Year to me!
I may even light a firecracker tonight…after all it is New Year’s Eve!
How about you? Anyone else need a do-over? I'd love to hear about it. Do Tell!


  1. The great thing about God is we get a "do-over" each and every day! His mercies are new every day!

    Lamentations 3:22-23 "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

  2. Happy New Year!!! I pray that this year will bless you and your family more than you ever dreamed or imagined!!

  3. Melanie:
    Thanks for stopping by the blog. I LOVE meeting new people, albeit I prefer the old-fashioned way!

    So sorry to hear of your family's difficult journey in the last month. I hope and pray for your husband's continuing recovery. I also noticed you were at She Speaks this past year. So was I. Will you be attending again this year? I haven't decided yet.

    Anyway, have a blessed Sabbath rest and a great beginning to what appears to be your new year! Walk it well, sister.


  4. I really enjoyed this post. I definitely need a do over too, and had decided to start tomorrow. So maybe it's Happy New Year to me too. LOL I hadn't thought of it that way before, but why not.

  5. Happy New Year to you!! It's so Great that God allows do-overs. Praying that the do-over goes a little more smoothly than the first go round.

    I don't need a do-over this year. God gave me one about this time last year. :)

    Rich blessings to you my friend.

  6. A do-over sounds really good, girl. And you deserve it!

    I started the new year at my son's house up in Tenn. My daughter in law was 9 months pregnant & developed a serious blood issue. Thankfully she gave birth to a healthy baby and all is well. But it was an exhausting 8 days of taking care of the other 3 kiddos (whom I love and adore!).

    Right after that I had my wisdom teeth removed here at home and am still in recovery mode. There's more but suffice it to say that a do-over sounds wonderful.

    God is faithful. Happy New Year!

  7. yeah....i think you deserve one:)! I hope Feb. brings you less stress and more smiles!!!:)

  8. Happy New Year! His Mercies renew every morning (Lamentations3:22, 23)
    I know you have been thru the fire, but He was there thru it all! I ask God to bless you and yours every day!!

  9. How fun to have a new New Year's day!

    Since we have just recently met, I wasn't aware of your mishap, but I am glad that God (as always) has worked things for good. (I say often that I have worn out that promise~though I know that is not possible).

    Happy New Year!

  10. ~Wonderful idea Melanie!

    I'm sorry you all have been through so much this year. I pray that he is still recovering well.

    Thank you very much for the wonderful compliments on our home. I always enjoy your visits.

    Have a blessed evening.
    ~Melissa :)