Fall Into a New Beginning

0 comments Posted on September 22, 2016

Mary Hamiltonby Mary L. Hamilton

As a child, my new year started in September. This month always brought new dresses, new shoes, new backpacks filled with clean notebooks and fresh boxes of slender-tipped Crayolas, not to mention new classrooms and new teachers. Even though my youngest has graduated from college, I still think of September as the beginning of a new year.


What a silly time to start something new—just after the big Christmas holiday when winter snows are putting all the plants to sleep. And smack dab in the middle of the school year.

Today, as we observe the beginning of autumn, why not celebrate a new year as well? No sense waiting until January to make resolutions and set new habits.

Here are a few ideas to make this month the start of your new year.

  • It’s always a good time to start reading the Bible regularly. Set aside fifteen minutes each day.
  • Begin exercising—or try a new type of exercise.
  • If you enjoy reading, try a new genre.
  • Cook up some new recipes. Go online or check out cookbooks from the library and choose one new recipe per week.
  • Get acquainted with someone new at work or church.
  • Develop a new hobby.
  • Join a Bible study group or make it a goal to memorize a certain number of verses per month.
  • Set a new personal goal.

speak-no-evilRemember, we serve a God who loves new beginnings, no matter when they start!

Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a youth camp in southern Wisconsin, much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series for tweens and teens. She and her husband live in Texas, where she is starting a new craft project.

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