January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings

8 Jan

With the new year comes the craving for change and growth. It’s that time of year when people are making resolutions, choosing their one word for the coming year and dreaming about how they will leave their mark in 2014.

It’s a time of New Beginnings.
Our theme for the January synchroblog is “New Beginnings”
It’s wide open but here are some prompts to get the creative juices flowing:

New Year Resolutions
A One Word theme for the year
A story about a new beginning
Starting something new
Dreaming about the future
Second chances
Starting over/anew
Change/Transformation
New Beginnings and Christianity
A bible story about a New Beginning
New Beginning for the church or christianity
We hope you will join the January synchroblog and share your thoughts about New Beginnings.
Please post the link to your blog post in the comments below by Tuesday, January 21 and we will get the list of contributions posted on Wednesday, January 22.
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54 Responses to “January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings”

  1. Damon January 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    New Beginnings: Consider These 5 Questions Before Tying The Knot.

    http://www.spiritualbridge.org/christian-articles/consider-these-5-questions-before-tying-the-knot/

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      Damon, We ask that all participants add something like this (preferably with a link back to this post) to their post in order to be included in the list of links:

      “This post is part of the January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings. There will be a list of links to the other contributions posted here as soon as the list is available.”

      Thanks!

  2. kellyostanley January 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I’d love to be included in this month’s Synchroblog. Here is my post:
    http://prayingupsidedown.com/2014/01/10/a-blank-canvas-2/

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

      Kelly, We ask that all participants add something like this (preferably with a link back to this post) to their post in order to be included in the list of links:

      “This post is part of the January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings. There will be a list of links to the other contributions posted here as soon as the list is available.”

      Thanks!

  3. Done with Religion January 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    A new year, a new beginning

    As 2013 came to an end, my participation with the organized church also came to an end.

    After so many years of feeling dissatisfied with organized religion, I made a break from the traditions, rules, regulations and doctrines I grew up learning.

    It can be a scary decision to stop attending something that has been part of your life since you can remember. So many friends don’t understand why I made this decision. So many people who feel I am wrong and have fallen from grace.

    Now let me say, I don’t think there is anything wrong with participating in organized fellowship. I do think we need to call it as it is, church is not a building or place we meet God. The Church is made up of each of us followers of Christ and it is a life-style that goes on day by day, anywhere, anytime.

    God says we are now His temple and He lives within us, not a building made by hands.

    Looking to the new year, I see it as a time of new beginnings with my walk with God.

    I see this as a new start away from law-living and following man-made religion. It’s beginning a path walking with Jesus as my friend and partner in the grace and freedom He provided.

    It is a walk consisting of loving God and loving others. Accepting all those I come in contact with each day. It is not a set of rules to follow, or things I need to do to be a better Christian.

    It is coming to realize that what I do or don’t do, does not make a difference in my relationship to God. It is letting Christ live through me and letting His love touch people. It is knowing that Christ paid the price for our salvation and learning to live by grace, and grace alone, not by adding law and works.

    After so many years of ‘going to church’ each Sunday, I don’t know for sure where the path will lead in this new walk, but I know that I feel closer to God. I feel a new dependency on fellowship with my Father and with fellow believers. I also feel a renewed sense of excitement now that I am out of the box of organized religion.

    I look forward to see where God takes me and how He will touch people with His love as I walk with Him day by day.

  4. Jen Bradbury January 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Here’s my post: http://ymjen.com/blog/posts/enough

  5. Jeffrey Kranz January 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Here’s a post on where to begin reading the Bible. Lots of people assume they need to start at Genesis, but there are several other good starting points.

    http://overviewbible.com/where-to-start-reading-the-bible/

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Jeffrey, We ask that all participants add something like this (preferably with a link back to this post) to their post in order to be included in the list of links:

      “This post is part of the January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings. There will be a list of links to the other contributions posted here as soon as the list is available.”

      Thanks!

  6. abbiewatters January 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Finally got around to participating…
    http://abbiewatters.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/new-beginnings/

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

      Abbie, We ask that all participants add something like this (preferably with a link back to this post) to their post in order to be included in the list of links:

      “This post is part of the January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings. There will be a list of links to the other contributions posted here as soon as the list is available.”

      Thanks!

  7. Cara Strickland January 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi all!
    It’s my first time joining in here! So excited to be part of this community.
    My post for the month is called: Bursting.
    http://www.littledidsheknow.net/2014/01/17/bursting/

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      Cara, We ask that all participants add something like this (preferably with a link back to this post) to their post in order to be included in the list of links:

      “This post is part of the January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings. There will be a list of links to the other contributions posted here as soon as the list is available.”

      Thanks!

      • Cara Strickland January 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

        No problem! I wondered about that:)

  8. Dave Criddle January 20, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    I’d love my post to be including, reflecting on the importance of new thinking: http://limpingintotruth.com/2014/01/19/new-thinking/

  9. David Derbyshire January 20, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Here is my post: http://charismissional.com/changed-priorities-ahead/

  10. David Derbyshire January 20, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Here’s my post: http://charismissional.com/changed-priorities-ahead/

  11. Carol Kuniholm January 20, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    this topic led me in some new directions: Acorns, King, Beloved Community. http://wordshalfheard.blogspot.com/2014/01/acorns-king-beloved-community.html

  12. joanna990 January 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi, my one word post for 2014 is here http://josieanna.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/on-survival/

  13. K.W. Leslie January 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Figured I’d write about how God makes us good as new. It’ll be live Tuesday the 21st.

    Title: Atonement.
    Link: http://morechrist.blogspot.com/2014/01/synchroblog.html

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      Just a reminder:

      We ask that all participants add something like this (preferably with a link back to this post) to their post in order to be included in the list of links:

      “This post is part of the January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings. There will be a list of links to the other contributions posted here as soon as the list is available.”

      Thanks!

  14. Jennifer Clark Tinker January 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    My one word post for 2014: Starting a New Year Presently http://jenniferclarktinker.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/starting-a-new-year-presently/

    • philinnz January 21, 2014 at 1:37 am #

      Here’s my contribution.
      http://phillancaster.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/new-beginnings.html

      • Liz January 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

        Phil, I must have missed your link the first time around but I have added it to the list now. Thanks for participating!

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

      Jen, We ask that all participants add something like this (preferably with a link back to this post) to their post in order to be included in the list of links:

      “This post is part of the January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings. There will be a list of links to the other contributions posted here as soon as the list is available.”

      Thanks!

  15. Happy January 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Here’s my One Word post!
    http://simplefelicity.net/my-one-word-365-surprise/

  16. Loveday Anyim via Visionhub January 21, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    New Year and New Year Resolution has always been one of my great topics.

    I had loads to discuss, so I ended up having 4 Posts for this month’s Synchroblog.
    I am going to include all the Blog lists to all the 4 Posts, so you are free to link back.

    Below I have tried to analyse these sets of New Year expectant personalities for us to understand them and also learn from their system of thoughts and operations.

    1. New Year New Resolutions: http://visionhub.org/new-year-new-resolutions.html
    2. The New Year Resolution Dreamers: http://visionhub.org/the-new-year-resolution-dreamers.html
    3. The New Year Resolution Specialists: http://visionhub.org/the-new-year-resolution-specialists.html
    4. The New Year Planners and Achievers: http://visionhub.org/the-new-year-resolution-planners-and-achievers.html

    I hope you would get some insights from all these.

    Loveday

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

      Loveday – I can’t get the link for #4 to work. Can you get a working link for me so I can add it to the list? Thanks so much!

  17. J A Carter January 21, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Here’s my January contribution: The Year of Reading Scripture for the First Time

    http://www.authenticlight.org/2014/01/the-year-of-reading-scripture-for-first.html

  18. Michelle January 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    Here is my link for this month’s synchroblog – “Ends & Beginnings”: http://momentswithmichellem.blogspot.com/2014/01/every-new-beginning-comes-from-some.html

  19. Matthew Bryant January 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    Sorry it’s late, but I’\d love mine to be included!

    http://matthewjbryant.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/a-new-creation.html

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      Matthew – We ask that all participants add something like this (preferably with a link back to this post) to their post in order to be included in the list of links:

      “This post is part of the January 2014 Synchroblog: New Beginnings. There will be a list of links to the other contributions posted here as soon as the list is available.”

      Thanks!

  20. Edwin Pastor FedEx Aldrich January 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    The Story of how our family begins this year. Co-written by my wife and I.

    Foreclosed: The beginning of a new dream – http://urbanpresence.blogspot.com/2014/01/foreclosed-beginnings-of-new-dream.html

  21. Jeremy Myers January 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Here is mine:

    I started a new publishing company last year, and am launching it this week! Very exciting and a little scary.

    Get Published with Redeeming Press
    http://www.tillhecomes.org/publish-book-redeeming-press/

  22. kathyescobar January 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    liz, here’s mine. better late than never 🙂

    kathy escobar – one image

    http://kathyescobar.com/2014/01/22/one-image/

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