Sunday, January 1, 2012


 by Niki Turner

As we celebrate the annual rotation of the Earth around the sun today, may we remember something incredibly important to our continued progress and growth as humans and as Christians:


Whatever held you back in 2011 (or before), whatever caused you to stumble, whatever rubbed you the wrong way, whatever made you angry or offended, self-conscious or insecure, guilty or filled with dread... today is the perfect day to let it go. Release it into the hands of your heavenly Father to be drowned in the sea of forgetfulness as far as the east is from the west.
"For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 
As far as the east is from the west, so far far has He removed our transgressions from us." Psalm 103:11-12 NKJV
"Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea."
Mic 7:18-19 NIV

Then, release yourself from the shackles of your own unforgiveness. Oh sure, you know you need to forgive those who transgress against you, but when was the last time you forgave YOURSELF, on purpose, for all the things YOU do that annoy, aggravate, embarrass and disappoint YOU? Hmm. God forgave you. Who do you think you are to refuse to forgive yourself?

Today, the first day of a new year (and on a Sunday to boot!), take all the junk that has hindered you and held you back and let it go. Your future is not determined by your past.

 Happy new year! May it be the best yet!

About the Author: Niki writes fiction, blog posts, articles in the local newspaper, grocery lists, and Facebook status updates. She can be found at her own blog, In Truer Ink, in addition to posting here. She was a 2009 finalist in the Faith, Hope, and Love "Touched by Love" contest.


  1. Amen, Niki! Well said and so very true. Happy New Year. :-)

  2. Thanks, Suzie! I think I might make that my theme song for the year! Happy New Year to you, too!

  3. Thank you, Niki. What a great way to start the new year! And I LOVE that song :)

    Blessings to you, and all my Inky sisters & friends!

  4. Happy new year, Jen! I loved the movie the song was from, too. May have to watch that again soon. : )

  5. Well said--and Happy New Year to you all too!

  6. Great post. I'll spend some time thinking about this today.


Share This Post

How Our Giveaways Work: The Official Rules

We, the ladies of Inkwell Inspirations, would love to give free stuff to everybody. Since we can't, we will often have a giveaway in conjunction with a specific post. Unless otherwise stated, one winner will be drawn from comments left on that post between the date it was published and the end of the giveaway as determined in the post. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address. This address is used only to contact the commenter in the event that he/she is the winner, and will not be sold, distributed, or used in any other fashion. The odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. NO PURCHASE, PLEDGE, OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.