When I think about all these things I also remember the "Breakthrough" prayer we were looking at a couple of weeks ago. We were asking God to "break through in new and miraculous ways: in our personal lives." (Flood Gates by Sue Nilson Kibbey page 33) and in other parts of our churches. We start by asking for the change in ourselves even though we know "new and miraculous ways" can be very scary!
I know I encourage people to start their "new year's resolutions" at the beginning of Advent - the start of the church's new year. This year, because of the doctors' appointments, I was not able to follow my own ideas. I know more, if not most, people start on the 1st of January. (How did you do with last year's resolutions?!) I am asking, then -- is that what you are planning? Do you have plans for changes, resolutions, starting tomorrow? Might they include the "Breakthrough" prayer?
Ephesians 4:23 & 24 remind us "Instead renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit and clothe yourself with the new person created according to God's image in justice and true holiness." (CEB) It is an interesting thought process to "renew" our thinking "by the Spirit." It might mean changing our daily schedule to include time in God's Word. It might mean 'scheduling' time in prayer. It might mean making sure we are in worship with other believers.
So.......... I encourage you to join me and start the "new" year believing in the "new" you! I encourage you to try the "Breakthrough" prayer for yourself. I especially encourage you to strengthen your relationship with God!