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writing in sand_Do Something Different This Year_Heather Rae Hutzel


Hey friend! It’s been a while.

I decided to quietly slip away from the digital world over the holidays to spend some much needed time resting and relaxing with family and friends. Hopefully, you were able to do the same.

Though we are already a week into 2016, I’d like to share some thoughts for this new year.

For what seems like the majority of my young adult life, I lived the exact same crappy year over and over again. I had the dang thing on repeat. Every January one, I would make goals and resolutions, and every December 31st, I would feel like a failure.

I made the same resolutions every year and never succeeded. Not only that, but each year I would experience the same struggles during the exact same season as the year before. The trajectory of my life felt more like a circle than an upward trending line. Then, something changed.

Right around the year 2010, I experienced a jolt that bumped me right off that crazy, spin-cycle and onto a new path. What was different? Well, despite having grown up attending church every Sunday, that was the year I actually met Jesus.

That was the year that I stopped believing and regurgitating theology I didn’t understand. It was the year I decided to take my faith into my own hands. That was the year I realized that Christianity is not a passive sport. It is an all-out, off-road, whirl-wind adventure!

When I stopped trying to make Jesus fit into the life I wanted to live, He began to give me the amazing life I didn’t know I could have. And a crazy thing happened: GROWTH.

When it’s up to me, the best thing I can conjure up for my life is a slightly better version of myself, but when it’s up to God, it’s a whole new game. God doesn’t make us better. He makes us new. We don’t have to worry or stress or try to change. God changes us. He transforms us. And not just once but over and over again.

Since the year 2010, I have not lived a single year or even month or day on repeat. Every day is new. Now when I look back on a past year, I literally think to myself, “Who was that girl? I’ve changed and grown so much; I can hardly remember her.” I no longer have that sickening feeling of failure. I don’t feel stuck. My life doesn’t feel like Groundhog’s Day.

I feel free. I feel new. I feel like I am becoming the person I was always meant to be, and I want to help you do the same.

God has made you for something more. I pray that 2016 is the year you discover this truth.

Whether you are already on this journey, choosing to start today, or simply testing the waters on this whole Jesus-thing, I’m here to help. I pray 2016 does not become another 2015, 2014, or anything else. May it be fresh. May it be new.

Your journey is waiting.