New Beginnings, No Returns

But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the Lord has done.

Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,

and so that you may live long in the land that the Lord swore to your forefathers to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.

The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden.

But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.

It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. Deuteronomy 11:7-12

JW's thoughts: Let this be your year of New Beginnings and No Returns. No returns to accepting negative talk or ideas- not from yourself and certainly not from others. No returns to making the bad decisions you might repeat every year. No returns to giving up. No returns to harmful behaviors.

It seems to be human nature to do what we should not do rather than do what we need to do (Romans 7:19-20). But it is OUR choice. Every day, like a new year, is a second chance to improve our life.

Oh God of Second Chances and New Beginnings, here I am again.” (Source unknown)

Want a new beginning? Try these things: 1. Try, Try, and Try again. 2. Forgive yourself if you fail. 3. Replace negative self-talk with constructive talk. 4. Position yourself with positive people. 5. Take it one day at a time.

We have been given the gift of a new year and God's eyes are on it from beginning to end (Deuteronomy 11:12).

New Beginnings. No Returns.


  1. A beautiful message, Teresa! I'm working on being more positive this year. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. ..."is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven."

    I think I am in the right spot.

  3. excellent message for the new year- I needed to read this today. Thanks

  4. Your comments on "Let this be your year," need to go up on my bathroom mirror. Thanks for your inspiration and guidance.

  5. Very inspiring. Wonderful post and something we all need to do.

    (PS - winter is still here. ah, it's 22 degrees and feels like 12. It won't go away) :(

  6. It's a necessary reminder for me today, when the Doubt Demons are in full attack mode.


  7. Hey, 22 degrees sounds WARM. It's negative 22 here in Minnesota!!!

  8. Great message. I like to think of this year as a new beginning for us here:)

  9. I'm looking forward to a new beginning.

  10. This post truly warmed my heart and gave me inspiration for this new year.


  11. such a positive message - thanks.


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