LGD 168: A Fresh Start

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Happy New Year – we made it to 2021!

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Did you ever think 2021 would arrive? I am so glad it is here because I am ready to start fresh.

Today marks the end of our life group devotional series – what a journey it has been.

When these devotionals began, we were deeply rooted in an unknown virus named COVID-19. Over the summer months, things improved, and then they have gotten worse.

I pray these devotionals have brought you comfort during the last nine months. It has been a pleasure serving you in this capacity.

Although I will not be sending content daily, these devotionals will be on the site to go to whenever you need some comfort.

However, because of you, I have launched a new podcast called Rocking Chair Devotions. I am going to be using much of this content re-packaged for the new year.

It’s starting as a once a week devotional with some extra dates thrown in there for special occasions, and there will be new devotionals for a good chunk of 2021.

It’s a new year, and that means a fresh start. The month of January will help people kick start their year to achieve great success in all areas of their lives.

I hope you will join me each week, but if not, I hope these devotionals have brought peace and comfort to you during this past year.

Let me leave you with this verse,

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

After a year like we have had, we go back to the beginning of creation to start fresh.

In the beginning…

It’s okay to have a reset, do-over, a fresh start. God allows U-turns, mistakes, mess-ups, flubs, failures, and whatever else you can think of.

Grace is getting something we don’t deserve. A fresh start is what we need.

I hope you will take a few minutes today to hit reset and start fresh. Let this be the year of extraordinary grace and transformation in your life so you can impact the kingdom of Heaven in new ways.

Prayer: Lord, what a journey we have been on in 2020. We ask you to give us a fresh start and use us to change lives for Your kingdom. Amen!


I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

2 thoughts on “LGD 168: A Fresh Start

  1. Thanks, Dave, for these messages of encouragement you have given us.
    My “fresh start” will include a total hip replacement on January 14–outpatient due to COVID-19. Kelly will drive me over and back. I’m making plans for the start of the 2nd Semester and for having a sub take over for a couple weeks. I’d appreciate prayers, of course.

  2. This has been such a great experience! Thank you for doing this. it got me through a very tough time.
    Your cousin

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