74. Happy 2023! How Are You Beginning This New Year?

by | Jan 3, 2023 | Podcast

Happy 2023! The new year is here! I hope you had wonderful holidays that brought you much joy and delight. Getting right to it today, how do you typically begin a new year? Do you set goals or resolutions? Do you choose a word for the year or maybe a Bible verse? Or is there something special you do as you turn the calendar from one year to the next? This is our subject of this episode, and in it I share what I typically do, how I am beginning this new year, and my word for 2023.

Happy 2023! How Are You Beginning This New Year? | gold and black balloons with gold and black confetti

One thing I’ve learned over the years when it comes to a new year is this: there’s no right way or wrong way to begin one. We just begin. And it happens whether we’re ready or not.

Because we’re each different and unique, we each likely step into a new year in different ways.

I was reminded of a powerful truth yesterday when a friend said, “God is not limited by time.” She’s right. God isn’t confined to a year, a day, an hour. So, there’s nothing magical or sacred about a new year. Please remember this: this new year isn’t dependent upon how you begin it or not begin it. Because God is bigger than all of it. And quite frankly, beginning this new year in the way God wants you to is the way to begin 2023.

So, friend, how do you typically begin a new year? What do you do, or not do?

How are you beginning this new year?

I share in this episode how I am beginning this new year and my word for 2023. I also disclose how it came to be and just how uncomfortable my word initially made me feel. (There’s a clue in this sentence regarding my word! Can you guess it??)

Click on the player above to listen to the 15-minute episode.

I also highlight my past words since I began doing this in 2014, and offer a resource that contains 81 ideas for a word of the year for you in case you’re looking for one.

Again, I want to stress, how we begin 2023 does not determine how the rest of the year will play out. Only God can determine that. And the best thing we can do is to stay close to Jesus as we journey through 2023. Remember how we celebrated Him as Immanuel, God with us, just nine days ago? He was with us on December 25, He is with us today, and He will be with us every day of this year.

Thank you for joining me here today, friend. I am cheering you on! God bless you!

Links in this episode:

Happy 2023! How Are You Beginning This New Year? Episode 74 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast
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