My summer of renewal was over on September 1st. I was refreshed and ready to go, as was God. Things have been busy over the past week.
Lots of new things on the horizon.
More speaking engagements on the calendar.
Packing up for the end of the baseball season and beginning of the off-season.
Then my refreshed spirit began to sink into a lack of confidence, remembering the failures of the past and goals not attained. I felt a lack of enthusiasm for what God was doing in and through me.
As I was preparing for this week’s blog I read last week’s; Each Day Is New. “Be encouraged and strengthened by Jesus. Renewed and refreshed by Him. Start now. Begin today allowing Him to be your protection, guidance, and strength.” It is a new day with new adventures, but why am I feeling the darkness creep in on me?
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland,” Isaiah 43:18-19.
When we commit our lives to Christ, we are new creations. God could instantly transform everything in our lives at that time, but he chooses to develop us slowly. Just as the 12 disciples weren’t shown everything at one time, we aren’t either. Some of our histories creep back in like negative thoughts.
During the time of growing, we often get caught up in the experiences of the past. The things we regret. The fear of falling back into old habits. The memories of missed goals and past failures.
Be encouraged by Isaiah. Forget the former things! God has reconciled our past. He has guided us where he wants us to be. In the shadow of his wings, we begin again.
Don’t dwell on the past. Focus on the new things God is doing.
Embrace the new things.
It is never too late for a new beginning.
Let’s be a community of women who desire to seek and embrace the immeasurably more Jesus desires in our lives.
What are some experiences from your past you need to let go?
Why do you think it is a struggle as we grow spiritually?
How is God showing you new beginnings in your life?