Expressing The New Year Creatively

I used to make New Year’s resolutions, but somewhere along the way, they felt redundant and halfway (or less) through the year, they seemed to be forgotten. A few years ago, I started praying for the upcoming year and one word that would be “my word” for the year. It was amazing to see the things God did in my life that reflected that word.

It was so amazing that my kids needed to experience it, too.

As a family who pursues expression through creativity, we adopted a new tradition for the new year. We bought a HUGE canvas and all four of us began to paint. We painted the things our family was to be about. We painted the words God was speaking regarding a new year, a new season. After it was dry, we hung it proudly in the living room to serve as a constant reminder for the year.

Here’s why this project will continue in our home…

1. It’s something we did together, as a family.

2. It got my kids opening their hearts to hear God.

3. It brought some focus and direction to the new year.

4. It gave all of us an outlet to express ourselves.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

What family activities do you observe to celebrate a new year, a new season?

Some great family devotions for the new year are Jesus Calling for Kids Devotional and Grace for the Moment Kids Devotional. Both have adult counterparts!


Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co-founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live between South Africa and the USA. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.