Day 1 His kiss was salty sweet from the sea breeze last night. Today, barefoot in the sand, we stand together welcoming the new year.

The first time we spent New Year's Eve together at the beach was ten years ago. We'd said "I love you" back in 2005 and we've been saying it to one another ever since.

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The boy that I fell in love with has grown into a husband, father, and businessman. Even with his shorter hair style and the hint of laugh lines around his eyes, I see the gentle young man that caught my attention over a decade ago. He looks over at me, draws me in close from the wind that whips around us, and I feel him seeing me too.

Last year, we allowed the forceful hand of this world to separate us, landing us on opposing sides of one too many arguments. We forgot to speak to one another in love and let things that scared us - like money and ambition, exhaustion and stress -  seep into our dialogue instead. At times, we lost sight of what matters most.

I don't want to do that again this year.

My resolution this year is to love my people. To see them - Raleigh, Adeline, Maralee, and Ridley - as the gifts that they truly are.  I don't know how much time we have together here on this earth and I'm tired of wasting it over things that really don't matter. I don't want to spend my life loving things above loving people. The things of this world can break us but loving our people only makes us stronger.

Standing at the edge of the sea shore, I dip one toe into the ocean. The water is winter cold but it beckons me to go deeper. Might this year, I go into the great unknown?

The call to love one another is the great story of our Creator. Our existence began as he blew love into dust, forming every fiber of our DNA into man. From the beginning, he has always wanted to live with us.

This year, may we call upon his name first when oceans rise around us?

I don't know what your New Year's resolution is and how long it will last. You and I will more than likely both break our resolutions at some point in the year. But, when we commit ourselves to being in Christ, we believe that we are made new, even when we mess up again and again and again.

Today, the old is gone. We get a clean slate to start something new.

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On this day, January first two thousand and fifteen, may you begin living your something new.

let's prayThis post is Day 1 of our New Year 21 Day Prayer Challenge

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Going Deeper

Act:

Print off this week's weekly challenge (fill out the form above to receive it in your inbox!). In the circles provided, list out the areas that you'd like to circle in prayer. Once you are finished, take a break from watching football, catching up on sleep, and eating black-eyed peas and go outside. If you are able to take a walk, walk and pray for the items on your list.

Listen:

We've created a Spotify playlist to go along with the 21 Day Challenge. Listen to Oceans while you pray.

Study:

Read today's key passage from my friends Kathy Howard and Julie Sanders over at New Start '15.

Read:

Begin reading the introduction chapters of The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears

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