Michelle Duggar on Giving Thanks for the New Year

crossNew Year’s Eve in our home is all about family, friends and giving thanks for the previous year. Sometimes we’ll have everyone to our home, other times we’ll gather at someone else’s house. The important thing is that we are all together.

We usually spend time fellowshipping and playing games and visiting as we get ready for midnight. Our midnight tradition is to pray in the New Year. About 15 minutes before the New Year is here, we’ll start taking turns going around the room praying and giving thanks. By the time everyone gets a turn, it’s already the New Year.

It’s a very special time for our family – it gives each one of us an opportunity to really just open up our hearts and talk about the things that we’re thankful for. We always give thanks for the past year and look forward to the New Year. We don’t
really focus on resolutions in our family. Some of us may make plans to exercise more or do more, there’s definitely a little of that. However, the focus is really more on growing and drawing closer to God. When we do that, I think things fall into place the way they should. For our family, that has a lot to do with getting things moving in the right direction for us. All of the pieces start falling into place when we keep our focus on our faith. 

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