Let’s do this 2017

A page has turned on another new year.  I love the start of a new year.  It’s like someone wiped off a filled whiteboard presenting a new clean board that’s just waiting for me to fill it.

I don’t know what the new year means for you…if anything.  Maybe for you, it’s just another day.  Regardless of how you see the new year, I want to extend an invitation to resume goals or dreams that you may have abandoned or forgotten about.

Dust them off the shelf, give them a good shake, and try again.

My word for this year is tenacity.  Tenacity is holding tightly to your beliefs no matter what the circumstance.

The verse I’m holding onto in my quest to live tenaciously is Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”


What about you?  The year is still fresh.  The tags are still on just waiting to be unwrapped.

Sure, a few days have passed, maybe even weeks by the time you are reading this post.

A great tool to help you get your year started off with a bang is Authentic Living* by Richard Exley. Mornings are a challenge, with or without kids, it’s a mad dash.  I love that the stories in Authentic Living are always accompanied with a challenge, a verse, and prayer. It’s like a bite-size meal with all the necessary nutrients to accompany your morning cup of coffee and get your days going.  Devotions are a great way to prime your day.

Unfortunately, devos are often short and choppy – not allowing for substance or sustenance.  I particularly like how Exley continues a particular subject for a couple of days.  Creating some repetition and also allows you to get to know Exley better as an author.

Whether you choose a new book or hitting the restart button on a habit, don’t be afraid to start.  Too often, fear of failure holds us back. Don’t let yesterday’s mistakes define your today.  You may have missed the mark last year, but today is a great day to start again.

Start fresh. Live tenaciously. Happy New Year.

Blessings to you today and in the coming year,


*Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions herein are my own.

1 Comment

  • sue donaldson

    great reminder – not to give up! I’m not sure what I’m referring to exactly here, but it resonated and I appreciated your words. how were you introduced to that book you referenced? I love a good devo and have many from which to choose each day. easier w/o kids around now! so…how do you manage w/ small kidlets? I knew I couldn’t begin my day w/ His priming so I made it work somehow. Will share on write sisters. (:

    January 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

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