Friday, December 30, 2011

Quiet Moments With God -- Rejoice In The New Year

In two hours it will be a new year--a time of new beginnings. We might even want to call it a do-over, if we're not happy with the last year. After the ball drops in Times Square I usually spend time thinking on the good and the bad of the year I've just traveled through, and I contemplate on the year to come.

The big question for me this year is, "Where does God want to take me?" And, "Am I willing to go there?" I don't know what will be required of me, but I do know that whatever God has planned is the best. He knows the beginning and the end. He sees it all. I can trust Him.

I've decided that this year will be marked by praise. I will rejoice.

Even during the dark days my future is bright because God is there. He will never forsake me. I am His. And therefore my life is His to do as He wills. And I will do my utmost to trust and to do as He asks.

And so, I begin with prayer.

"Father, may you always be before me. Do not allow me to become distracted by the cares and worries of this world. I pray that my heart and mind will remain focused upon you. I long to know you better, to be fully committed to your calling, to be the kind of person who loves the unlovely. May the fruit of the Holy Spirit flow from my spirit--that I would demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control in all that I do. As this year begins I place my life, once again, in your capable hands. Hands that hold, nurture and discipline. Hands where I can rest. Help me to shine a light upon you. Give me courage. I am weak and afraid, yet I know that with you I have nothing to fear. Thank you for your mercy and your love. There is none other like you.


I encourage you to begin this year with a prayer. Seek The One who offers the only way to real change. And again I say REJOICE!

Grace and peace to you from God.



  1. Beautiful thoughts for the New Year, Bonnie. Never mind a do-over, I think I need a life-over and it sounds like your way is the only way to accomplish that! I think I'll follow your example. Thanks for sharing your resolve here.

  2. Love this prayer! Thanks, Bonnie.
    May God bless your year in surprising and wonderful ways!

  3. Dear ones, thank you for reaching out and sharing your heart with me. God has a plan for you, seek the one He has just for you and all will be well.

    Grace and peace to you.

  4. hope all is well andy ya had a good christmas!

    oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

  5. Jel, I had a good Christmas with my family and I'm looking forward to a new year . . . wonder what God has in store for me.

    I'm working on two new book projects. I'm having a really good time. :-)

    Many blessings to you and a Happy New Year.

  6. Very cool, something to look forward too ! :)

  7. Anonymous5:00 PM

    What a great reminder the Fruits of the Spirit are for the New Year. Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt prayer!