new year, new beginning

I love new beginnings. Mondays are my favorite day of the week, I love the first day of the month, so it will come to no surprise to you that this overachiever loves January 1 of the new year.

I love January 1 so much, I spend six weeks preparing for it.

Aaron and I always get away over the week of Thanksgiving. We go away from daily distractions, like laundry and people, to reflect on the past year and project our next year. Over the past four years, we’ve gone to Big Bear, a short three-hour drive from our house in San Diego. But this year, we flew to Dillon, Colorado because mountains weren’t a short drive away.

Oh yah, did I tell you we moved?


Aaron and I moved to Byers, Texas on March 25, 2018 to be Lead Pastors at Byers Assembly.

Anyway, we spent a week in the mountains praying and preparing for 2019. This year, we aren’t just planning for ourselves and a youth group; we’re prepping for a whole church. And although that’s sounds intimidating, I believe God’s equipped us to do it. We’ve planned on smaller scales, and this scale is just a little larger—but God’s words are the same.

We taped all 12 months of the year onto the wall and filled those calendars with every important date, and then we started adding stickie notes to things we wanted to do—ministry and personal.

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We spent three days working on a plan for 2019, and then we came home to finish 2018 strong. But, for the past six weeks, I’ve been thinking about this day, this January-1-new-beginnings day.

I’ve always put too much pressure on new beginnings. I’ve thought how I start this beginning determines how it will be. And although there is some truth to that, over the years, I’ve decided to cut myself some slack. Sure, I need to start strong, but strong is defined differently with each new beginning, especially when there’s been intentional planning for weeks before the start date.

This year, today, strong looks like this:

  • write a blog post for the first time in 8 months

  • start Day 1 of our Bible in One Year Plan

  • put my goals in my planner

Today, Aaron and I will stay in and snuggle, probably binge-watch a show and eat whatever leftovers are in the fridge. We’ll start strong by resting. We’ve done the planning, and we’ll see how it’s set in motion over the next twelve months.

How will you start 2019 strong?

Jessica Little2 Comments