Saturday, December 31, 2016

Let's Start the New Year Right!

 
To truly start the new year right, we must take some time with God to wrap up the old year.  He wants us to give Him our whole hearts.  What's been holding you back from all He has for you?  Now is the time to get alone with Him for a little while so that you can truly start the new year right with Jesus.

Do you know Jesus?  Would you like to?

I accepted Him as my savior over 30 years ago on New Year's Day.  Jim Bakker was on the PTL Club show interviewing an ex-drug addict.  I thought, if Jesus can forgive a drug addict, maybe He can forgive me, too.  I was 14.  Just old enough to feel the burden of sin.  That thought led to a month long journey of "finding" God.  When I went back to school, I asked Kim, a girl on my bus, if I could go to church with her.  I'm sure she was stunned.  I went to church with her, and one of my neighbors, Pat, attended her church.  From that point on, Pat showed up every Sunday rain or shine.  I was going to church.  She stood up to my mom, and weekly attendance was established.  Period.  No discussion.  Better be sicker than a dog if I tried to back out!  ~smile~  Thank God for Pat!  By the end of the month, I'd walked the aisle, been baptised, and became a member of Rolling Hills Christian Church.  Good salt-of-the-earth people.

My life changed slowly; but, I can honestly say, I'm nothing like I was.  You seriously would not have wanted to know this angry teenager who had been told she was worthless until she believed it. It's been a long journey. God has transformed me. Reading His word has transformed me.  Praying has transformed me. Worshiping God has transformed me.  Being with God's people has transformed me. Thank you God!

Have you begun your story?

Let's start the new year right.
Examine your heart.
Talk with God. Repent of any sins. Ask God for forgiveness. Ask Jesus to be the Lord, the boss of your life.

It's the best new year's resolution I ever made or kept!

Have a terrific New Year's Eve and Day.

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Laura
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30 comments:

  1. Happy new year to you Laura - blessing for the new year :)

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  2. Happy New Year Laura, from my family to yours, wishing you a very Blessed 2017!!

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  3. Thank you for your testimony, Laura. I became a Christian when I was over 50 years ago.
    Mama Bear

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    1. Wow. What a life you must be leading!

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  4. This is a beautiful post. There is no better way than to start off a persons year.

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    1. Thank you Mrs. Chrissy!
      Be blessed,
      Laura

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  5. I loved reading your testimony! Praise God for all He has done for you. I am believing Him for bigger and better things for all of us this new year!

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  6. What a beautiful testimony and post! The January link party started at noon. Please come over and link and share your testimony! This is perfect for our Tidy Up Theme. So many are hurting and need Jesus to tidy up their lives.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful New Year.
    http://ourholidayjourney.blogspot.com/2017/01/january-fabulous-tidy-up-link-party.html

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. I'll be right over.

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  7. God Bless You and your family Laura. You have been such an inspiration for me to truly turn my life over to Jesus. I came to a somewhat startling awakening recently.I truly believe that Jesus is my Savior, and have been a believer since I was old enough to remember. But, have I given Him the Honor and Glory of being my LORD? I sat and thought about that for a LONG time..and realized I did NOT always put Him first in my life. I felt horribly ashamed, but also thankful for the Holy Spirit moving in my heart and soul to bring me to such an awareness.for only then could I begin to rectify my behavior...to live every moment of every day as Jesus wants us to. A challenge indeed, but WOW..the reward is beyond words!! 2017 is a new year and a new beginning in my journey to have Jesus the LORD AND SAVIOR in my life. I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful feeling fills my heart as I excitedly look forward to my journey with Jesus walking beside me through it all. I know I will stumble and fall at times, it's a given, but to know and always be aware that Jesus is there to help me up and heal my wounds is such a peaceful and comforting feeling. THANK YOU for sharing your testimony and faith. I am thankful to have found your blog. It has been a blessing in my life. Sending a Big Hug to you from Illinois. Karla

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    1. Oh Karla, I'm humbled, honored and blessed to my toes to read your response. May God bless you, strengthen you, and draw you close to Him this coming year. Hugs!

      P.S. Will you please give me your email address? I'd like to be able to respond directly. You can send it to me at lauraofharvestlane at gmail dot com.

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  8. Lovely way to start the year. Happy 2017!

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  9. Happy New Year!!! Beautiful how we get to change thru Him and don't have to be stuck isn't it?

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  10. Laura,
    What a beautiful story you shared with us today.
    And a beautiful photo as well!
    Many blessings for a happy, healthy New Year!

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    1. You, my dear, are a sweetheart. I have hopes that this will be my "before" picture! Like many ladies, I hope to use Trim Healthy Mama plan to become healthier this year!

      I'll be over for a visit in just a bit. I hope your new year is the best yet!

      Hugs,
      Laura

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  11. Very good post. I am using my Joyce Myers daily devotional (gift from Nana Pam) and one from a blogger online. Best way to start the day and then I meditated for 20 minutes. It is good to help me digest the word and to get myself ready for the day. Isn't it wonderful that we can share like this! Do you have a Bible study that you started?

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    1. Dear Ginger Dawn,

      I've always enjoyed learning from Joyce Meyer. She has a way of cutting right through the excuses, and getting to the truth, doesn't she?

      I'm not using a study right now. I'm reading and listening through the Bible using YouVersion's Canonical reading plan. It gives me the chance to check off boxes as I go. I do like checking boxes! I may add a specific study later this year.

      Have a wonderful week and a happy new year. Thank you so much for writing to me. I hope we become good blog friends!

      Sincerely,
      Laura

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  12. What a beautiful, sweet post. I surely love the picture too!

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  13. What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing how your life was changed : )

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    1. Blessings to you Anna! Hope your new year is great.

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  14. Beautiful picture of you and your hubby! Thank you for sharing your story of coming to know the Lord. It is amazing how much of a difference in your life it makes isn't it? Be blessed my friend!

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    1. I'm totally different than I once was Debbie. Thank God!
      I was heading down a dangerous path. Praise God he lifted
      me off the path and put my feet upon the rock!
      Enjoy your week ending!

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  15. May God spread prosperity and joy in your life on this New Year and fulfill all your dreams. Happy New Year !

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  16. Great post Laura! I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't have a relationship with our Savior! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Me too, Jann. I don't know how they can stand it.
      hugs,
      Laura

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  17. What a beautiful story! I too got baptized in my late teens and have never been the same since. Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop :)

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Be blessed!
Laura