My New Year Starts Today…

New Year

I love having a January birthday.
Because if I miss the new year opportunity for new year’s opportunities…
I get another chance 13 days later.
And that’s what happened this year.

Most of my new year’s resolutions (which I prefer to call possibilities) are very similar to last year’s.
Possibilities of:
Less of ________ .
And more of ________.

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.
It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose;
new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.
Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions,
he would make no resolutions.
Unless a man starts afresh about things,
he will certainly do nothing effective.
Unless a man starts on the strange assumption
that he has never existed before,
it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards.
Unless a man is born again,
he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”
~G.K. Chesterton

“Starts afresh about things…”

It has been such a wonderful birthday….
Ikea with a friend, two books finished, kiddos who decorated the kitchen, a Sunday nap, Thai food twice in one weekend, long distance love from special friends, a surprise coffee/walk this morning, good cake, and a husband willing to watch a “girl movie” (which honestly was probably more of a “middle school girl movie”).


And now it’s time to think about tomorrow and 2014.
To start afresh about things.

Don’t you love fresh starts?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
~2 Corinthinans 5:17

P.S.  I hope to return later this week with my book list for 2014, so if you have any loved-books-suggestions…please leave them in the comments below.  I will also be posting a series of recommended resources that go along with the parenting class that my husband and his friend are leading at our church.

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  1. So glad your birthday was special. You sound refreshed, and I am glad of it. :)

    • I feel refreshed. It took me a while…but in my/God’s own time…I’m feeling ready and excited about writing again. Why do you have to live so FAR away? I know if you were here, I’d be seeking you out as a weekly walking-mentor.

  2. Mandy Scarr says:

    Happy Birthday, friend! Soak up all those special moments with your precious family and friends!

  3. LeAnn Williams says:

    Happy Birthday to you! I like January and the New Year’s possibilities. My resolutions have been the same for years and I do make some progress. However, this year I am listing projects instead.
    I just finished reading an outstanding article on being Born Again. This is a work in progress at least for me.

    • Oh dear friend…
      You are such a faithful encourager…someday I hope we can have coffee in real life. We are going on “years” now. Thank you.
      I want to check out that article you mentioned…would love it if you left a link. Love, K

  4. Eve Stoughton says:

    Happy Birthday, Kara!!

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