Saturday, January 1, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ Spiritual Sundays "A Clean Slate"

I have thoroughly enjoyed a book(daily devotional) I received for review recently. It is Billy Graham's Unto the Hills ~ A daily devotional. I just had to share today's devotion with all of you.


Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Did you ever have the experience in a school of erasing an entire blackboard? When the slate has been wiped clean, it is as if nothing at all had ever been written on it.

This is what God does for us when we come to HIM confessing our sin. First John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

How many tmes in your life have you wished you could start all over again with a clean slate, with a new life? Resolve right now to allow God to wipe your slate clean by confessing your sins and letting HIM give you a brand-new start.

The apostle Paul did this when he said, "Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" Phillipians 3:13-14 RSV

Our Father and our God, I come to YOU conscious of my sins and failures but confident in YOUR Love and Mercy toward me. Thank you for giving Your wonderful grace and forgiveness to me and for wiping the slate of my life totally clean. Let me start all over with YOU and live in YOUR purpose for my life, now and forever, through Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen.

Happy New Year to all of you! I pray this New Year will be one in which you experience the Lord in ALL you do. He Loves and Adores each one of you.

Thankyou Charlotte and Ginger for another wonderful year of Spiritual Sundays! I can't wait to see how the Lord uses this blog to bless the lives of those whom HE brings in the days ahead! May you both be blessed for your willingness to share HIM with all of us!! I am so thankful to be a part of this each and every week! To join in go here


Merana Leigh

I've said it to others & must share with you now. I feel so blessed to have found you here in blogland & thank you for the words you share by His grace. I LOVE what you've shared here about starting over with a clean slate. He DOES do that for us, doesn't He? I guess I just have a little chalk dust on me tho', because I still have trouble forgiving myself & letting things completely leave my consciousness - I carry the guilt even tho' I know I'm forgiven. What is that? I suppose I need to work on that a good bit more. Perhaps 2011 will find me bidding farewell to that. Thank you again for all your musings. I look forward to growing with you & all our fellow bloggers in His grace! Hugs & Happy New Year ~ Merana


Beautiful devotional dear friend.

I will pray that God wipes the slate of my life clean and gives me a brand new start.

Love your blog look!




Oh how God is speaking the same thing to you and I, and I am so grateful for this confirmation.

Higher Grounds....Second Chances.


great post Loren...I wish you and your family His absolute best for the new's gonna be a good one. ☺☺☺

Sassy Granny ...

I love that man's heart! I have also enjoyed getting to know yours.

Blessings for an amazing New Year, dear friend.



Love the new look friend... and love the post..I think God is awesome to allow us to erase the chalk board of our lives when we ask for his forgiveness..
I wish you lots of love and hppiness for 2011


We have that same book by Billy Graham and really like it. I especially like the idea of a clean slate.
I hope you have a happy and healthy new year.


Beautiful devotion Loren. I also have to echo Kathleen's words above!

Blessed New Year to you and your family. Much love to you!


I just received that same book to review myself & thoroughly enjoyed January 1, 2011's devo as well! Excellent reminder that today (and any other day we call on Him to do so) He will clean the slate of our heart! Amazing, amazing grace! Happy New Year!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana

it seems like GOd has a lot of us on the same page and i love that because we can encourage each other!

Looking forward to 2011 and seeing what God is going to do in our lives.


Loren, Thank you so much for sharing this, and Happy New Year!
Love you!


So love Billy Graham, Happy New Year Loren, xo

Nana's Nuggets

Hi! Loren, oh! yes, now every time I erase my chalk board I will remember this! Love It!! Just wanted to Thank You!for the your sweet friend ship that I have been blessed to meet you via "blogging". You have so inspired me with all of your comments and encouraged me through the sharing of God's Word! am looking so forward to see what God has planned for us to share with each other! May God's richest Blessings be yours in 2011! Love ya! Girlfriend:).


Great post Loren,Happy New Year! Happy new wonderful experiences for the year 2011.
Happy new challenges and obstacles! HAPPY NEW BLESSINGS! May this year be the best year you'll ever have!
God bless,

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage

What a wonderful devotional. We are so blessed to have his grace.
Happy New Year,


Thanks for the clean slate prayer....

Happy New Year to you and your family.


I love how Billy Graham can express things so easily and touch our hearts. Thank you for a lovely post today.

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