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“Fresh Starts and New Mercies” Begins January 2nd!


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A New Year brings a promise of new beginnings, and I’m excited to start the month of January with a blog series called “Fresh Starts and New Mercies.”

Six beautiful friends will join me to offer encouragement, inspiration, and practical ideas for embracing a fresh start on a new year.

Because God has a fresh start in grace for each of us.

Join us on Tuesdays and Fridays, January 2nd – 23rd.

Jan. 2nd: Betsy Cruz (That’s me!): “Simplifying your Schedule”

Jan. 6th: Asheritah Ciuciu from “Sacred Starts to Your Day”

Jan. 9th: Julie Lefebure from “A Healthier You”

Jan. 13th: Abby McDonald from “Intentional Parenting”

Jan. 16th: Meredith Bernard ( “Pursuing Your Passion”

Jan. 20th: Sabra Penley from “Fresh Air for your Marriage”

Jan. 23rd: Tarissa Helms from “Caring for Yourself”

This series is not about making New Year’s resolutions in our own strength. Many of us have tried to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and make changes in our lives. That didn’t work for me. Did it work for you?

Instead, let’s grab hold of God’s grace when we fail and rejoice because each day brings new mercies. Our slates are wiped clean, and we’re free to continue making progress, no matter how slow. We’ll explore new opportunities to grow in hope and grace as we learn to let go of our own strength and lean into God’s power to accomplish what He’s calling us to.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Lamentations 3:22-23


Join us January 2 – 23rd? Let’s get ready for renewed hope in 2015.

Because God has a fresh start in grace for each of us.

(Linking up with Holly BarrettKelly Balarie, Meredith Bernard, and Holley Gerth. Check out their communities for more encouragement.)

Cardinal photo credit: Digital4047, Creative Commons


Author: betsydecruz

I want to enjoy the everyday life God is giving me as best I can, even when the road gets bumpy. I love having fun with my teenagers, learning almost anything, and drinking dark roast coffee with my friends.

27 thoughts on ““Fresh Starts and New Mercies” Begins January 2nd!

  1. Betsy, what a wonderful way to bring in the new year. A most beautiful & inspiring lineup of bloggers too who are sure to bless each one who stops here to read. May you (& each of them) have a most blessed 2015!

  2. I’m in! Excited for this new year series. Great way to start 2015!

  3. What a beautiful idea to begin the year and God’s new mercies each morning are exactly what I need. You have amazing people lined up to write and I’m looking forward to reading more. Happy New Year to you and may God bless the words of each of your guests to truly teach us more about His grace.

  4. Hi Betsy…looking forward to your new series. Great start to a great new year!! AND I LOVE cardinals — always a symbol of hope for me. (Maybe you read my cardinal Christmas post?) Blessings in 2015.

  5. How I love fresh starts! Can’t wait to start this new year with a fresh perspective. Thanks so much, Betsy! Happy New Year!

  6. What a wonderful idea! 🙂 I look forward to reading more from this series! 🙂 Thank you for sharing the verse from Lamentations! I am greatly encouraged by this! Great linking up with you today! 🙂

  7. Sounds like a wonderful way to begin the New Year. Looking forward to what all you lovely ladies share. Blessings. xoxo

  8. Happy New Year to you too Betsy! God bless 🙂

  9. This is going to be a great series! I am so looking forward to reading each post. Bring on the fresh starts & new mercies in 2015!

  10. Betsy, I can’t wait to read this series. What a lovely idea!
    Also, I couldn’t help but notice Tarissa’s site is called Introverted Mama. I just checked it out, and I’m so happy to find another introvert mom!

  11. Betsy, this is truly looks like an exciting series. I can’t wait to read each post. I will stay tuned from more great things from you and your blog!

  12. Betsy,
    How great that you are being so intentional about starting off the New Year on the right foot with God. I look forward to what these lovely ladies (including you) have to share!! Happy New Year!

  13. Betsy- What a great idea! I’ll be looking forward to reading each one. May you know much of His grace in 2015.

  14. How exciting! Can’t wait to come back!

  15. Sounds like a great line up of topics and authors :).

  16. What an awesome series to look forward to…can’t wait! Blessing to you for the New Year.

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