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Kristen writes at her parenting blog, We Are THAT Family and is author of Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Safe Sparkly Faith is No Longer Enough and founder of The Mercy House. Follow Kristen on twitter as @WeareTHATfamily.

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  1. Thanks you for this timely post! I asked the Lord to give me a ‘word’ for the New Year and it was ‘contentment’.

  2. Thank-you Kristen for putting this all into such an amazing perspective.

    I myself find that I enjoy mixing things up by combining something old with something new.Be it home or fashion.Then again some things in life are “Timeless”.

    This year I am going to try as you say to be content with what I have and appreciate how blessed I am.

  3. Thanks for your post, Kristen. Your words resonate with me, and I would imagine so many today. In so many ways/areas. The way that we look at “new” is simply perspective. Our society has made “new” a must in many areas of life. In dealing with my 14-year-old grandson, and other children/young people, something old will not do, unless it’s of course the new vogue – ” vintage.” Children make fun of others if they do not have new. It spills over in all of our lives from the young to the old. A matter of prayer for me. Thank you.

    I, too, chose one word this year. It is charity. As to the very subject of your post, I stand in need of charity – love for humankind so much; like Jesus does. As I grow in grace and deepen my understanding of charity’s role in my new year, I hope to take this age-old basic character trait and resurrect it in my life anew.

    Blessings ~Debra

  4. So true, it’s the same the world over. Very insightful and inspirational. God love never changes- it is new every morning. 2013 will be a year to focus on His love, be content and rely on His provision.