Happy New Year!

new yearWhat does Happy New Year mean? How does one actually accomplish happiness in the coming year? Does it come from without or within? Are others responsible to help me find happiness? Can I change what happens in the coming year? Most times, no. Is it possible to change how I respond to what happens in the future (or what has happened in the past?) Certainly.


  1. 1.
    feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. [noun: a state of happiness and satisfaction.]     

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not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.




  1. the time taken by a planet to make one revolution around the sun
    a period of 365 days starting from any date.
    • a period used for reckoning time according to other calendars.
    • the period of 365 days (or 366 days in leap years) starting from the first of January, used for reckoning time in ordinary affairs.

All things new

It’s a new day – and a new tomorrow. Resolutions, dreams and hopes are only realized when I take responsibility for my part. No matter how dismal relationships are or how sour finances are, there’s a part I play. My responses to life’s disappointments and my resolve to find my worth in Jesus Christ – and not in relationships or things – is what sets the tone for any day and any year. When we find our worth in Christ, we are guaranteed to find pleasure and contentment in the ordinary days of our life.

Happy New Year – pleasure and contentment in ordinary, undiscovered and previously untraveled days – while the earth makes one revolution around the sun.

Psalm 8:3-6

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Take these words from scripture with you into 2020. 

New Year

Attribution for the photo with the sun burst goes to my son Aaron, who took this photo on a morning hike. Attribution for other photos: Pixabay.

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