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Anew:

1. over again; again; once more: to play the tune anew.
2. in a new form or manner: to write the story anew.
Happy New Year! Finally, it’s 2018! I’m hesitantly excited! Why hesitant? Well, because I really don’t know what to expect. God has removed my comfort zones and I’m truly walking on water, starting anew.
For those of you who don’t know or haven’t heard of this concept, instead of making tons of resolutions that I quit after a month, I pray and ask God for one word to focus on for the year. There’s a book that started this concept called One Word That Will Change Your Life and there’s also a 4 day study plan via Youversion.com Bible app that you can use. Each year that I’ve done this, I’ve learned something new. For instance, for 2016 my word was ‘joy’. I learned that even though there were a few joyful things that happened, I mostly learned that I had to choose joy. 2017’s word was ‘new’ and last year was filled with new experiences, both good and challenging. My 2018 word is ‘anew’. When I first heard this word, I quickly thought that I’d heard wrong because it sounds like ‘new’ but then Holy Spirit told me to “look it up”, so, I did. Anew means to start again, in a new form or manner, start anew. This word helps me to understand two things I felt led to do last year that I didn’t want to do and really didn’t understand why He was asking me to do them. Ironically, I’m not sure what exactly I’m starting over on. This is where the scripture that says the righteous shall walk by faith and not by sight comes into play (2 Corinthians 5:7). I’m truly trusting God day by day for the next steps in my journey.
One thing I do know is to start this year with a new series called Getting Aligned with God. What a great way to start the year, getting in step with God! We all have our own goals, hopes, wishes, dreams, but we often forget to ask God what He would have us to do. After all, He is the one that knows the plans that He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11)! So for the next 3 weeks, we’ll be focusing on getting aligned with God by fasting, purging, and prioritizing our lives based on how God leads us in these areas. Now, making changes in our life isn’t always easy, that’s why I have a group set up for those of us who are participating in this series. This is a closed Facebook group that you can connect to by clicking here. In the group we will check in with each other and share any challenges we’re having or revelations that we’ve learned. Also, there’s a scripture writing plan, January 2018 SWP that has scriptures to guide us along the way. The scripture writing plan is posted in the group as well.
I hope that you will join us on this journey and please, share with your friends, family or any one you know who’d like to or who needs to join in!
I pray that God blesses you all throughout this year! I’m looking forward to hearing your stories!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Shannon
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