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a new year has come

A new year is here. A fresh start — a whole new beginning.

Never before, in the entire history of mankind, has there ever been a 2018. Never has any one lived even one of the days in this year. No one knows what this new year will bring.

This new year that lies before us is one of intrigue, suspense, and excitement. It is an unopened book, waiting for us to turn the pages and discover the depths it contains.

Last year has gone away — it will never be 2017 again. There’s not one day I can re-live; one day I can re-make memories of; one day I can go back and change. It’s over and done with, and there’s a new year to live. To fill to it’s fullest, to make memories of, to uncover it’s intrigue.

The responsibility falls to me to make every single moment of it shine out with God’s glory. It falls to me to take this year and use it purposefully. To live every day with a resolve to get the most out of it, to enjoy it, embrace it, and praise the Lord above for it.

And while we are looking ahead to the year before us, we must not forget to look backward at the year behind us. To look at it’s mistakes and failures and learn from them. The mistakes I made this last year have not yet been made in this new year opening before me. The failures and experiments of last year don’t yet have a place in this new year the Lord has given to me — and prayerfully they won’t ever. Oh, yes, there will be new ones made, new lessons learned — but prayerfully I’ve learned the ones from last year. Laughter and joy haven’t yet filled the moments of this year; I have no memories of the days ahead of me. Only of the past, only of the days behind me. I must purpose to make memories, to laugh, to be joyful.

I must look at the past to be taught, and look at the future with trust in the Lord’s providence and sovereignty. To know that whatever happens in this new year, it is given to me by God Himself — the good times and the bad times; the happy and sad; the beautiful and the ugly. I must learn from them, embrace them, and look to the Lord wholeheartedly, trusting in His provision for me, as He unfolds His plan day by day.

I must remember that because He lives, I can face tomorrow. No matter what tomorrow may hold.

May each of you have a blessed New Year!

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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.


  • @jcharacter

    Enjoyed the post Kaitlyn. And because you know I love to nitpick, I’ll point out that there was a 2018, 4037 years ago. The patriarch Isaac was living at the time. :D

    I appreciated the part about being purposeful; that should be our goal every moment no doubt. I would specifically highlight the importance of being purposeful ( I like the word “intentional” ) in conversation. That’s something our generation needs desperately.

    I’ll try to drop in here every now and again to keep in touch. It’ll be part of my spiritual shot-in-the-arm. Really appreciate those.

    • Kaitlyn S.

      :P Yes, there was…..but none of us alive experienced it! And there has never been a 2018 A.D.

      Intentional in conversation — yes, our generation needs to purpose to be intentional in what we say. I also think we need to actually purpose to talk to others — so many times I have seen young people on whatever device they have instead of talking to each other, and it is so sad to think of the moments they are wasting! The conversations I have overheard have been painfully….frivolous.

  • smudgedthoughts

    Eep!! This was absolutely beautiful, and so, SO true. It’s hard to think that 2017 is officially over and done with, but at the same time, it’s wonderful that we have been given this fresh, sparkling new year to begin again and make new choices. <3 This was a beautiful reminder to revel in all of the little moments!!!

    (Also, I am new here (hi! *waves*), and might I just say that you're blog is absolutely beautiful??? IT IS SO PRETTY HELP!!)

    • Kaitlyn S.

      *waves back* Hello! Welcome! And thank you — for both compliments :D

      It is hard to think that 2017 has come to an end — but, yes, I am so thankful for a fresh new year with no mistakes in it yet. Like Anne of Green Gables said — only that was about “tomorrow” and not a new year =P

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