New Year Resolutions• Good morning children. I trust you all had a good Christmas.• At this time of year you often hear people saying “Merry Christmas.”• Sometimes you hear people say “Merry Christmas and a happy _____ _____ ?”
New Year Resolutions• That’s right, a Happy New Year. A brand new year started on January 1. This is the new year of 2013.• Now is a good time to think about planning to do the things that God wants us to do in this New Year.
New Year Resolutions• I want you to look at these two notebooks. This book is the planning book that I used for last year and this is my new planning book.• Let’s look at the old one that I used last year. Wow. It’s a bit messy isn’t it?• Let’s look through it.
New Year Resolutions• Let’s look at the old one that I used last year. Wow. It’s a bit messy isn’t it?• Let’s look through it.
New Year Resolutions• What are some of the successes, failures, mistakes and things I didn’t get around to do listed in my old plan book?
New Year Resolutions• Now look at this new planning book that I’m going to use for the coming year.• Look at the nice clean pages.• Doesn’t this look nice? Nothing has happened yet so I have the opportunity to start afresh.
New Year Resolutions• I can’t change the past but I can plan to do the things that God wants me to do this year.• The beginning of the year is a good time to pray and ask God to show you the things he wants you to do in the coming year.• What things will you do?
New Year Resolutions• There also might be some things you don’t want to do in the coming year.• What things do you not want to do?• It’s also good to ask God to give you his strength and power to do his will.
New Year Resolutions• We can’t do the work of God in our own strength; we need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us.
New Year Resolutions• Children’s Prayer: Dear God, thank you that it is the beginning of a new year.• Please forgive us for the things we’ve done wrong in the past year and give us your strength to live for you in the New Year to come.• This is the beginning of an exciting new adventure.• Thank you that you promise to be with us and guide us every day.• In Jesus’ name – Amen!