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Facing a New Beginning

Facing a New Beginning
by Pamela Gauthier

Happy New Year! All of us like something new. Think of how excited we are when a new movie comes out, or starting a brand new relationship, or  a new job.  It’s the thrill of anticipation when we don’t know what to expect. A lot of times we dream or envision what we’d like to see. There is so much energy in a brand new start. It may be easy facing the beginning of something new, but it can also be challenging at the same time.

If we want to begin the new year successfully, it is all in how we prepare for it. The book of Nehemiah starts with  the rebuilding of a new temple wall. According to Nehemiah 2:4, the first thing Nehemiah was faced with was opposition. Nehemiah’s response to the opposition was, “the God of Heaven will help us to succeed”, Nehemiah 2:20(NLT).  When facing the beginning of anything new, we must first make a positive confession. 

As Nehemiah and his servants continued on this new project, they also faced mockery. The word of God said Nehemiah prayed. When we are faced with hindrances, in order to succeed at what we start, we must believe in the power of a God that cannot fail. 


The power of prayer will ensure that what we start will be met with completion. Many times what starts with something new and exciting can turn old quickly.  If we become discouraged with the progress, we sometimes have to change our strategy. It says that Nehemiah and the people were enthusiastic about the project of rebuilding.  Are we coming into the new year with renewed hope and vision, passionate to face a new beginning? The people that worked with Nehemiah were not only enthusiastic  but determined to complete the task at hand. 

When facing a new year many times we face problems from the past year that may cause us not to want to move on. We never want to allow fear, intimidation, or the regrets of past failures to hold us back. 


This is a cause for celebration to face a new year with great expectations.
In Nehemiah 8:6, the more opposition that Nehemiah faced, the more he was determined to carry out the work he started. 

It is important to note that when Nehemiah started  this work, he had nothing to start with but ashes. He had to pray and fast to even know how to begin. It took him only 52 days to complete his part of the work. So many problems had arisen to bring much discouragement to the situation.  
Nehemiah encouraged the people as they were nearing the end of rebuilding, that the “joy of the Lord was their strength”, Nehemiah 8:10b. This would help them overcome the fear of the future.

As we face this new upcoming decade, let us go on to be encouraged with hope and anticipation for a new and prosperous year.  We can be sure what we seek to accomplish will be met with great success. Happy New Year!!!

HeARTune Creations Poetry, LLC., is owned by Pamela Gauthier. Pamela is a writer and poet, who has been writing for over 20 years. She formally started her poetry as a business in October of 2013.

Her poetry has been at several boutiques and stores in the Baton Rouge area. Pamela is a native Baton Rougean, who has lived here all of her life. She is the wife of Ronnie Gauthier, and the mother of four: Mrs. Jamie Baham, Mrs. Jessica Chatman, Joshua and Joseph Gauthier. She is also the proud Grandmother of Five.

Pamela started her writing journey by writing poetry as a way to uplift the spirits of those in nursing homes and the like. This is still the goal today, to touch hearts and lives wherever encouragement is needed.

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Testimony of a Fresh Start, by Pamela Gauthier

Testimony of A Fresh Start…..

Everyone likes a fresh start, a chance to start over and begin again. For some of us its’ called a do over or even a make over, but the whole point is getting a chance to get it right. We all can attest to this.

As we finish the Christmas season of celebrating Good Tidings of great joy, these “Tidings” assure us of a fresh start, : “And the Angel said unto them, Fear not for behold I bring you Good Tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.

For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour…” Luke 2:10, 11 (KJV)

The Good News is available to us everyday as we are invited to partake of His Mercies that are new every morning. Lamentations 3:23 (KJV). There is a fresh start awaiting each one of us daily for whosoever will come. We’ve but to peep into the hope of “goodwill toward men” as we move into 2019, and let our joy be full by the reception of a New Year. We get a do over.

If any man be in Christ old things have passed away behold all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

We are called to a spiritual do-over as in John 3:3(KJV), when Jesus invites us to be born-again. This do-over is a repentance of past sins, so that we can start our lives afresh in Christ in exchange for our sinful state.

For some of us, this fresh start may be first time acceptance of Christ, for others a re-dedication and still for others it may be repentance for something God has called us to that is yet to be completed.

In the story of Jonah, he was ask to go to a city an pronounce judgment against it. Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord because He didn’t want God to give that city a mercy he felt that was undeserved. Jonah 1:2, 3(NLT).

Jonah’s disobedience landed him in the belly of a fish for three days and three nights . Jesus referred to this scripture in Matthew 12:40 as He said, “For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so would the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth”. This was in reference to His death on the cross.

Because Jonah repented, he was given a fresh start (God’s Mercy), to complete his assignment, and his story was used hundreds of years later by Jesus as a testimony of this repentance.

We all need a fresh start, whether that be an unfinished goal, a relationship issue, a chance to dream again, or an awaited expectation, we can all appreciate knowing we have another chance to celebrate a New Year.

As we hold on to God’s Mercies that are new every morning, let us rejoice in the fact that a New Year is something to be Happy about!

HeARTune Creations Poetry, LLC., is owned by Pamela Gauthier. Pamela is a writer and poet, who has been writing for over 20 years. She formally started her poetry as a business in October of 2013.

Her poetry has been at several boutiques and stores in the Baton Rouge area.
Pamela is a native Baton Rougean, who has lived here all of her life. She is the wife of Ronnie Gauthier, and the mother of four: Mrs. Jamie Baham, Mrs. Jessica Chatman, Joshua and Joseph Gauthier. She is also the proud Grandmother of Five.

Pamela started her writing journey by writing poetry as a way to uplift the spirits of those in nursing homes and the like. This is still the goal today, to touch hearts and lives wherever encouragement is needed.