Grand Rapids friends, our Monday Night Bible Study begins this Monday, January 3rd! We’d love to have you join us! ๐Ÿ™‚ AND

if you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly New Year’s Day tradition ~ here’s my New Years post from last year! We’ll be doing the same thing this New Years Day too ~ I can hardly wait! Woo Hoo! Enjoy!!

Happy New Year from our home to yours!!

We hosted a fun, family friendly New Years celebration last night. We had 19 people (kids and adults) enjoying a taco bar, sledding, games, an ice cream sundae bar, tattoo stand and so much more! ๐Ÿ™‚ What fun!!

For today, we have a simple family New Years Day tradition.
I’ll bring out markers and paper, and then each family member draws two pictures. The first picture is a note reflecting things we want to say “Thank You” to God.
For example, here is my picture from 2002…
That year, I was thankful for John, my two boys (the girls weren’t born yet), Harbor Clubs (a ministry at Church), the opportunity to serve in Africa, and growing as a disciple of Jesus.
Here’s a fun example from my son Jake (shared with his permission). Jake is now 16, but here’s his Thank You for 2002…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Or here is Benj’s from last year…

For our New Years Day tradition, after we share our “Thank You” page, we take a new piece of paper. On this paper, we write out/draw specific prayer requests for the coming year. For example, this is Benj’s paper for 2009….

It is always so fun to see what the kids come up (side note: school friends, isn’t it fun to see how Benj was praying for the new GRCES 2 years ago!!!)
It’s also fun for me and John to put our requests on paper, and then watch how God works over the year! When I pulled out John’s paper this year (I keep them all in a special New Years tub) ~ I gasped out loud. God answered every single item on his list (and they were big prayers!).

For my New Years Day prayers last year, I had written “opportunities to share Jesus with others”. (I just love Him so ~ and want to tell everyone I can!) I had no idea at that time that God would open a door for me to lead a Bible Study of 80 women on Monday nights (and less than a month later, no less)!

God is so faithful, isn’t He?! ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t wait for our special tradition to get started today !! I’ve pulled out the paper and markers, but John just said first I can sneak off to the bookstore for a bit with my Bible, while the kids are still waking up after their late night. Woo Hoo!!

What about for you?? Do you have a special New Years tradition?? Share with us please!! I’d love to hear from you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New Year! May your year be filled with much joy, peace, good health, and God’s richest blessings!

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