It’s a New Year – Be Gentle To Yourself And War On!
‘”I hope you never know how fragile you are, Isabelle.” “I’m not fragile,” she said. The smile he gave her was barely one at all. “We are all fragile, Isabelle. It’s the thing we learn in war.”‘ Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale.
A lot of pressure rests on the fresh clean slate of a new year. If we aren’t careful, we can lay burdens on this new calendar disguised as hopes, dreams, and goals.
Some of us limped into this new year, while others burst through with zeal and energy. Some soared high almost until the end when news came that brought them to a crashing halt. Still others rang in the New Year with a sense of accomplishment, achievement, satisfaction, or renewed hope.
Most of us can identify with each of these depending on the year on which we look back.
Some New Years have been glorious. Others not so.
Either way we can enter January with hopes so high for a new start that we begin to handle ourselves quite harshly. We forget our souls are fragile and must be handled with care.
Life is war, even when life is in a season of ease. We live in a spiritual world at battle, and we are major players.
Recognizing this helps us to take care of ourselves so we can war on effectively.
Each January 1, My Utmost For His Highest, by Oswald Chambers reignites my passion to war on with fearless courage.
This year my hope is to war on with fearless courage, while handling my soul with gentle care.
A prayer for the New Year
Lord, we thank You for a new year, a new day. We thank you that Your Word reminds us we don’t have to wait an entire 365 days to start over again. Each breath we take is a new start. If we’ve messed up, may we not walk in shame and guilt. Instead may we confess to You, be cleansed, breathe in a new breath, and receive the fresh start You offer.
Lord, Your steadfast love never ceases, Your mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
We release to You our desires, dreams, hopes, and goals. We ask You to guide us with wisdom.
We release to You our pains, hurts, failures, and fears from this last year. May they not haunt us. Rather, may they be the very things that turn us into Your waiting arms. May we allow ourselves to be fragile in You, tender in Your care. Nurture us and may we allow ourselves to be cared for.
For this New Year, may we learn to see You in new ways.
When the world around us seems too much to bear, may we remember who You are. When the world around us seems almost perfect, may we not forget we still need You.
Let this be a year we accept our fragile soul as You’ve made it, and care for it well in Your Presence.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!