Saying Goodbye To The Past And Looking To The Future

Today we start a new year; it’s a good time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future with hope and anticipation. This is an excellent time to shake the dust from our feet and enter the coming year without baggage from the previous year. As Christians, we can find inspiration and guidance in the Bible as we set our hearts and minds on the things of God.

Psalm 103:2-5 – “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

This passage reminds us of the many blessings that God has given us and the ways in which He has shown us his love and mercy. As we begin a new year, we can give thanks to God for all that He has done for us and look to Him for guidance and strength as we face whatever challenges may come our way.

Isaiah 43:18-19 – “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the past and allow old habits and patterns to hold us back. But God is always doing a new thing in our lives, and He is able to bring new life and hope even in the most challenging circumstances. As we enter the new year, we can trust in God’s promise to make a way for us and to bring new things to fruition in our lives.

Philippians 3:13-14 – “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

As we look to the future, it’s important to remember that our ultimate goal is to follow Christ and to live for his glory. We can’t change the past, but we can choose to let go of it and focus on the things that matter most. This passage encourages us to press on towards the prize of Christ, setting our sights on the things of God and striving to live for Him every day.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

This is one of my favorite Bible verses. Trusting in God can be difficult at times, especially when we don’t understand what He is doing or why things are happening the way they are. But this passage reminds us that when we trust in God and seek to follow Him, He will guide us and lead us on the right path. As we enter the new year, we can put our trust in God and seek to follow Him in all that we do.

I hope these verses are a source of encouragement and inspiration as you look ahead to the new year. May God bless you and keep you as you seek to follow Him in the days ahead.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Great post to start the New Year!
    Also, Buc-ee’s is a fun stop on the way to Austin to see our son. And, they just opened a new one here in Tennessee about an hour from us so we can get our Buc-ee Nuggets when the craving hits! 🤣

  2. Cheryll Sampson says:

    Love your Sunday posts and all others, too. Went to a Buc-ee’s near Athens, AL in November. It was overwhelming but interesting!

  3. Totsy Peery says:

    Beautiful reminder to start the New Year!
    Love your inspiraton!

  4. Bonnie Sokoloski says:

    love Buck ees especially their nuggets.

  5. Deborah Titus says:

    Definitely a source of encouragement for me as I head into this new year. Thank you.

  6. Very good scriptures for the beginning of the New Year.

  7. Vickey Vaughan says:

    Have a happy new year. I so enjoy your posts and especially the scriptures. It seems like most of them are exactly what I need on that day.

  8. Thank you for those wonderful thoughts!

  9. Thank you for posting these verses today. I want to look ahead to the New Year and not focus on the past.
    Happy Healthy New Year

  10. Thank you , Tania for today’s message! Safe travels home and Happy New Year!🎊

  11. Love the message today. I am struggling with this with my mother. She moved in with us in June, and she lives in the past and dwells on the negative. It is often very difficult to have her here, but she needs physical and financial help. I look forward to your blog posts each day. Wishing you a Blessed Happy New year.

  12. Rosalinda Salcedo says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful verses!! May this year be filled with great health, happiness, and love!

  13. connie klappenbach says:

    what a wonderful message today. have a blessed year. your scriptures are a blessing to me.

  14. Erin rezey says:

    Beautiful ! A fresh look at the new year !
    Enjoyed the scriptures ! An inspiration as I begin to look at my calendar for the new year ! Thank you

  15. A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family. Loved your scripture today, I was in need of them and you made my heart smile!

  16. God be with you in the new year.

  17. Ginger Hiller says:

    What wonderful scripture verses to cling too in this new year. We have a Buc ee’s about 45 minutes away from our home that we have not gone to see yet. We’ve been told the pork sandwiches are fabulous. I hope Joe will stop there today. Prayers for a very safe drive home! Happy New Year!

  18. Buc-ee’s is a Texas institution! The first one was a small convenience store near my small Texas hometown, and now they’re huge! If you ever stop at Buc-ee’s, pick up some chocolate Beaver nuggets and a few kolaches. Oh, and the restrooms with the dozens of stalls have been named “America’s Cleanest Restrooms.” (This is an unpaid Buc-ee’s advertisement…..haha!)
    I love reading your blog each morning, Tania. Many blessings to you and your family in this new year.

  19. Susan Nothwehr says:

    Happy New Year, Tania! Thank you for the devotion. I’ve always clung to that verse from Proverbs 3, but you are right. To acknowledge God in all my ways is HARD, because a lot of times, I want my OWN way.
    We just got back from Tennessee where we spent Christmas with our daughter and her family. We heard all about Buc-eees on our way from the airport, but didn’t stop. Maybe next time.
    All the best to you and your family in 2023.

  20. Happy New Year, Tania and Joe! Your scripture selections are inspiring! Thank you!

  21. Joyce Wonderly says:

    Thank you for those encouraging Bible verses! 2022 has been challenging and I really appreciate being reminded of what is really important!

  22. Mary Ruth Harden says:

    Amen. To God Be the glory! Happy New Year.

  23. Love the verses today. I always look forward to your Sunday posts. Happy New Year!

  24. Leslie Bizzell says:

    Happy New Year!
    Thanks for the beautiful scriptures that are such great reminders and encouragements of Gods faithfulness in our lives – let us step into 2023 with hopeful anticipation of His continued presence in our lives!

  25. Love this! Happy New Year!

  26. Happy 2023 to everyone! Proverbs 3:5-6 is a favorite verse of mine and easy to memorize! So grateful for your blog and the verses you include most days. You are a blessing to many and thank you!

  27. Patti Lou says:

    I love your posts. Happy New Year!

  28. Tania thank you for your words. 2022 was not a good year for me and my family but I’m looking forward to 2023 and know God is there for us. If we tread ahead looking to God with an open heart and trusting him we can get through all things. Have a Happy New Year!💕

  29. Thank you for your Sunday messages! Happy New Year!*!*!

  30. Kathy Lowe says:

    A lot of meaning in the post!

  31. Happy New Year! Inspirational post for the start of the new year!

  32. Joanne W. says:

    Thank you for a beautiful start to the new year!

  33. Great post!! What a way to start the new year! Thank you for the encouraging reminder that we are living for Jesus. Safe travels home.

  34. Happy New Year, and God bless you as well!

  35. Roberta S says:

    Thank you for this lovely post.

  36. Jenniffer Groski says:

    Praise be to God who truly makes all things new!! My commitment for 2023 is to spend more time with Him. Starting by reading a Psalm a day. Happy New Year!

  37. Diane Vaughan says:

    Thank you, Tania! I always enjoy your posts! I read the blog and follow you on social! You are a wonderful inspiration to the “older” ladies! Happy New Year!

  38. Kelly Brooks says:

    Thank you for a great start to the New Year and May you have a Happy and Blessed 2023.

  39. Happy New Year. Love the verses today.

  40. Happy New Year! Always look forward to your Sunday post. Very inspiring and comforting to have our Heavenly Father watching over us.
    Can’t wait to see what Bucee’s is all about.

  41. Thank you for sharing such beautiful encouraging words as we start a brand new year.

  42. God’s word is always welcome! I press on to the gift of eternal life. Thank you for sharing.

  43. Fran Salley says:

    Happy New Year! Love the verses. Thank you.

  44. Marcie W. says:

    Safe travels home.
    Love your Sunday devotionals.
    Happy 2023 and good wishes for a blessed year.

  45. Thank you for a beautiful post. we often forget to rely on God, wanting to take charge of everything by ourselves. I know there are times I need to let go and let God! This is something I am trying to be better at and to teach my family the same.
    Oh, by the way, you need to check out Bucee’s. Every location we have visited is great. It is addictive!
    Happy New Year!

  46. Gail Harrison says:

    Happy New Year! I loved your message this morning! I always enjoy your scriptures and your beautiful clothes you style so beautifully! Happy New Year and may God bless you, your family and your business!

  47. Thank you and Happy New Year

  48. Violet O'Brien says:

    Happy New Year, Tania! Proverbs 3:5 has always been a favorite of mine too. If we can follow this we need not worry. I love your sermonets and look forward to Sunday. Thank you for bringing the world to us in so many ways.

  49. Janice Wooldridge says:

    Happy new year!

  50. Joyce Van Koevering says:

    Happy New Year and thank you so much for the wonderful verses and thoughts to encourage us for the coming year. We do not know what lies ahead, but we know who walks beside us.

  51. Verses today were uplifting.

  52. Thank you these words of encouragement!

  53. Have a wonderful new year and drive safe back home. I hope you do get to stop at Buc-ee’s. I have one close to my house and love going there for their amazing gift shop.

  54. Happy New Year!!!
    Thank you for this inspiring post. I’m saving it to read daily as a reminder of God’s great goodness and love.

  55. Happy New Year, Tania! Thank you for your encouraging words and scriptures. It is such a blessing. May God bless you abundantly in this coming year.

  56. Good words to ponder as we begin 2023. Thank you for sharing them.

  57. Some of my favorite verses. Thank you for these wonderful reminders Tania. Happy new Year to you and your family!