So I know it isn't really "New Year" anymore, but it is Chinese New Year today; and since half my heart is in China anyway, this is still appropriate for today! I was reading in a devotional by Sarah Young called Jesus Calling and I was struck by this (to be read as Christ speaking directly to you),
"Come to Me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind."Wow. I cling to my old ways with fierceness! It is time to let go of some old ways and be willing to allow Christ to change me through the renewing of my mind.
The next page also talked about bringing my mind back to Him for refreshing and renewal. I cannot let the thoughts of the trials of the day bog me down, but rather focus on the Lord. He is my strength!
Psalm 105:4, "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always."