Humble Way to Start Anew in 2017 – Happy New Year ©

One of my favorite childhood toys was an Etch-A-Sketch*. I would turn the knobs for hours and scribble a 5 year old’s masterpiece of art. Even with the benefit of an artistic tool, drawing was not my forte. Envision the joy when all I had to do was shake the Etch-A-Sketch, watch the blunders fade away, and start anew. etchasketch No matter how many times I messed up,the opportunity was granted to start anew; and my dad would look at what I attempted to draw with a smile of approval.

The relationship we have with our heavenly Father is similar to my favorite childhood toy. We are destined to experience nuisance and mayhem. Yet, God routinely paves a path to start anew. The mistakes we make can shake the core of our moral, mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, or financial foundation. The negative consequences may sprinkle over into the lives of family, friends, co-workers, and basically anyone we encounter. Yet, He still loves us and gives us the opportunity to change our ways. Our errors are miraculously erased in God’s memory. We are forgiven by his love, grace, and mercy. Consider this a blessing to start anew.

As 2017 begins, some have tipped their champagne glasses, smooched at the strike of 12 am, and inked a dozen resolutions. These traditions are lovely. However, let us not forget to kneel in prayer and humbly thank Him for giving us the blessing to receive a gift that we do not deserve: starting anew.

Happy New Year from my family to yours!

Start Anew in 2017

Blessings and agape love, Ro

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*Etch-A-Sketch is a product owned by Spin Master Corp (as of 2/2016). The appearance of the gif and name “Etch-A-Sketch does not constitute the company’s endorsement of this blog.


  • Patrice
    Posted January 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    What a great analogy. I love your writing style. Happy New Year!

    • Posted January 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your kind sentiments Patrice. May you have a blessed New Year as well.

  • Felicia Stuemke
    Posted January 4, 2017 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    Your writings are so touching. May you have a blessed New Year. Amen

    • Posted January 27, 2017 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so very much for your kind compliment Felicia. All glory to God indeed! May you have a blessed New Year as well!

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