New Year, New Royal Mindset
How is it possible that January is here? There is an undeniable excitement in the air since turning the calendar page to a new year. 2017 holds wonderful possibilities for each of us, and I pray we will each recognize a brand-new sense of purpose in our lives.
While decorating our home is important, and a fun thing to do, I think it’s even more important we start the year by decorating our minds.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Our purpose, as parents, is to raise kind, loving, respectable, and responsible little people who will become kind, loving, respectable, responsible big adults someday.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 ESV
Wow! As parents, we truly have been entrusted with a very precious and awesome responsibility: molding and shaping little minds. But we can breathe a fresh, cleansing breath of relief—knowing we don’t have to go through 2017 striving towards our fine and sometimes overwhelming goal all alone.
Let’s start our year with a powerful, new, mind-set of our own—committing ourselves to the all-powerful King—Jesus Christ—the Son of the Living God. He is capable of doing more than we can ask, or imagine—this year, and every year.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to develop a new mind-set.
NEW YEAR, NEW ROYAL MIND-SET
When I was a little girl, I made princess crowns using aluminum foil. I loved how each time I created a crown I could make it look totally different than the one I’d created before. That’s the beauty of a brand-new year: A clean slate awaits us, and we can recreate and reinvent ourselves— making our lives look totally different than they did in 2016.
Royal Fun Activity: Crown Making
I want to challenge you to gather your family around the table. All you need is one large roll of aluminum foil and scissors.
Each family member should shape his/her crown however they wish. Rounded or sharp edges, it doesn’t matter. Your crown should be as unique as you are. Invite every family member to come to a royal banquet—wearing the crowns they have created. This dinner can consist of something as casual as hotdogs and chips, or something fancy—whatever you like.
My Royal Memory:
Making crowns was such fun for me as a young girl. It’s my hope that these crown creations will serve to remind your family of their special place in God’s kingdom, in His royal family. Through Jesus, God’s Son, we have been invited to His royal banquet table. He wants us to come closer, experience the fullness of His love. Don’t try to make the perfect crown. The foil won’t allow perfection, and that’s the best part. Our crumpled crowns give room to discuss how we don’t have to be perfect to be a part of God’s family. We are His bride and we are wanted, loved, treasured—extra special in His eyes—just as we are.
Family Dinner Reading:
1.) Read 1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (English Standard Version)
2.) Read Isaiah 61:10
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (English Standard Version)
- Talk about how the church is the bride of Christ. We are the church—those who believe He is the one, true way to God the Father.
- Ask family members how they plan to rededicate themselves to God in this new year.
- Take a family picture after making your aluminum crowns.
- Allow each family member to share how wearing the crown makes them feel.
- The new year seems much less daunting as I realize God is near—helping, giving wisdom, strength, grace, and mercy. His love inspires me to be a better wife, mother, and grandmother. Ask each family member how they feel about being a part of God’s royal family.
- Explain to your family the importance of inviting their friends to the royal family, to sit at the table in the royal chair God provides.
- Talk about how quick we are to share our favorite toys, movies, muffin recipes, or
diet-plans. Ask, “How in the world could we possibly keep our King a secret this year?”
- As you gather your family around, look back to the manger, reminding them about the One who came to help us through every new calendar day of 2017.
- Challenge each family member to talk about what it means to have the mind of Christ.
My niece got married on the last day of 2016. As a bride, it was important to her that she wear something new, something old, something borrowed, and something blue—in keeping with a very old, and very special wedding tradition handed down to brides for years.
As you celebrate the royal position we’ve been given this new year, why not take opportunity to talk about:
Something OLD: Old habits that each family member acknowledges they want, or need to change in 2017.
Something NEW: Talk about how to develop new attitudes, new family traditions, and new goals or commitments
Something BORROWED: Share what you admire in each family member and talk about how we can borrow these positive attributes in the new year by being inspired to be a better person.
Something BLUE: Talk about how the actual color blue has been proven in studies to make us feel calm and relaxed. Have each family member write any anxious thoughts on blue paper. Share how to find peace and calm in trusting God this year.
“Father, thank you for the gift of salvation through Jesus the Son. Thank you for making us a royal member of your heavenly kingdom. Help us to live as you desire in 2017. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of Your royal family. We love you, Lord.” Amen
Incredible things are in store for us as we transform our hearts, minds, attitudes, and actions this new calendar year. Head up, shoulders back, crowns on. May your family experience the fullness of God in this New Year, New Mind-Set!
By: LaTan Roland Murphy is a writer, speaker, and teacher who also has a decorating business – Interior Elegance by LaTan. LaTan loves encouraging families to be thankful for what they have and helping them use what they have to create beautiful things. (The decorations and pictures are originals of LaTan Murphy.) Visit LaTan at http://latanmurphy.com.
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