A new year—a new beginning

I love the optimism of the New Year. It’s a fresh start and anything is possible. Several years ago I began a daily Bible reading plan that would guide me to read the entire Bible in a year. I had been a Christian for many years and had studied parts of the Bible, but had never read it cover to cover. So with all the best intentions, I set out on my quest. While I struggled at times and didn’t complete the day’s reading, I would try to catch up and was determined to read even those books I had previous avoided like 1 & 2 Chronicles and Numbers. When I finished my reading that year on December 31st, it was a celebration, not of my efforts which had been sketchy, but of God’s faithfulness to meet me each time I sat down to read and to show me the great truths and joys in His Word. I follow a reading plan each year now and no matter how many times I have read through the Bible, there are always fresh revelations and hidden kernels of wisdom found in its pages.

2012 is over and it was, for many people, a difficult year. My breast cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, and surgery will all mark the significant events of the past year for me and my family. But I can also see God’s goodness, the promises of His Word, the miracle of healing, and His faithfulness. I started a new reading plan yesterday and I am excited to learn the new lessons God will teach me as I study His Word in 2013. I especially love the first few words in the Bible, “In the beginning God…” Genesis 1:1

starsBefore anything else, there is God. He is at the center of it all and should be at the start of all we do. In every day and in every circumstance God is there. When we need encouragement, wisdom, strength, or direction, God is there and able to supply all we need. In our happiest moments and in our deepest sorrows, God is there waiting.

In the beginning God—How will you begin your new year?bible with cross

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lifeofaministermom
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 19:09:04

    I’m so thankful that God is with us, Emmanuel, no matter what day of the year it is! My husband and I began our 2013 in the house of the Lord, and we realized just how much we have to praise Him for! The birth of our daughter was certainly the high point, but He’s in all the little things as well! 🙂 Happy New Year to you and your family, and I KNOW 2013 has great things in store for you!

    God bless you!

    Patricia

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  2. Donna
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 21:42:50

    I appreciate the way you expressed the reason for our hope. It is so true! Anticipating with you the Lord’s continued blessings this year regarding your health and for all that impacts your life…Donna

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  3. Judi
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 22:05:46

    Happy and healthy 2013! When we have our sights set on Jesus, through the happiness and the tears, we may feel alone, with humanity, but we know we are never alone as our Lord has promised to ALWAYS be with us, guiding and calming us. Thank You, Father, for healing Erin and for all the times you have proved your love to each one of us!

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  4. Janeese Fulenwider
    Jan 03, 2013 @ 15:16:54

    I am so glad that we have been receiving blessings.  I know sometimes it is hard to see the blessings underneath our “crap” but there is ALWAYS something in which to be thankful.  Every home group we go around and say 3 things that we are thank for….it is so helpful to get rid of my attitude and turn it into gratitude.  (Hey that should be a quote)….   Anyways,,,,I am making a concious effort to eat correctly.  (oh really?)….I know if I keep on trying that some day it will click for me……..so, prayer for me could be helpful.  I need to be honest with my weight and admit that I do things that halter my efforts….always….or just don’t care.  So, I am trying to turn it all over to God.  I know when I saw Bob (the counselor guy) he was surprised that I could handle money so well because he said usually people that are overweight don’t budget well either.  So, I know I do have some discipline inside of me somewhere but the weight thing scares me to death.  It feels like I am putting my self on the chopping block.  It makes me scared and afraid….oh well, something else to turn over to my Saviour.   I love you and miss you sooooooo much……wish I could just give you a big old hug.    Blessings to you my friend……I love you lots and lots and lots.

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    • erinambrose
      Jan 10, 2013 @ 03:47:18

      Hi Janeese! I miss you and our taco lunches!! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog 🙂 We all have our “things” which make us scared and that are hard to let go of. I am so thankful that God is always there waiting when we uncurl our hands and let them go. Blessings to you my sweet friend. Bigs hugs~

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  5. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman
    Jan 04, 2013 @ 00:00:27

    Amen – when we can experience His presence in our trials I believe we are on our to being healed, both physical and spiritual. Blessings – Patty

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  6. Kim Fredrickson
    Jan 04, 2013 @ 00:11:57

    Thank you for your wonderful ushering in of the New Year in God’s Hand. He is good and faithful no matter what. Your journey continues to be an inspiration and encouragement to me and so many others. I love the image you shared that God is waiting no matter what the circumstances, or shape we are in. Many Blessings to you in 2013!!!! Love, Kim

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  7. Colleen
    Jan 04, 2013 @ 22:05:36

    I love you, Erin!

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