Hello everyone…and a Happy New Year’s Eve to you! It’s so good to be back with you today, on “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…and my prayer today; is that we will not only enjoy this time together; but that it will truly be blessed by God, in a way that will give us renewed hope, for this new day and the new year ahead!
There is one thing I think on a lot, as I enter the New Year…and that is the people who are struggling in this life. Today, there may be those who are without a job…or maybe someone is living with chronic illness and pain…or even depression and a heartache that just doesn’t seem to want to go away. These are the ones I pray for, especially around this time of the year; because as I have experienced moments like these, in my own past…I know how difficult it can be, to take a new step into a New Year.
As I sit here right now…thinking back, to how far God has brought me in my life…I’m looking at a couple ornamental brooms on my office wall; that are decorated with dried flowers and ribbon. I would say that they must be over 20 years old now. To some, these ornamental brooms would appear as something to decorate the wall…but not to me. These small brooms were made by me…at a time, when I felt as if everything had fallen down to nothing…as the past had attempted to take away every part of who I was.
After being admitted to a hospital for some emotional help, due to a terrible past of abuse and a dysfunctional home life; I was given a choice, as to whether I would like to work out in an exercise room or go into another room and work on crafts. Well…to begin with, my knees would never withstand the exercise room…but I did enjoy crafting in the past; so those reasons alone, made the decision for me.
I will never forget the moment, when a nurse took me into the craft room. There were tall metal tables everywhere, with stools to sit on. Then as I looked around the room some more…I began to see boxes and boxes of ribbon…dried flowers and so much more!
As the nurse took me over to the table…she was so loving and kind and wanted to see what I could possibly put together that day. That is when I chose the brooms…and from there, we began to pick out ribbon and flowers that could add some decoration, to these small brooms.
After I found everything I needed; the nurse escorted me over to a table and I began to slowly go to work…to see what I could make out of all that I had chosen to use for this project. As the flowers went in place…it seemed as if I was actually beginning to feel something slowly coming alive within me. In fact, it was as if a glimpse of light began to shine deep within my heart. Finally, it was time to make a bow and complete the project…and as I sat there…starring at what I had accomplished, I began to see that I could be a person again.
Now, as I think back to those moments in time…I see how a loving God never gave up on me…and how He used the little things in life, to bring a ray of hope back into my heart.
No matter what you’re going through right now…please don’t give up on life. You know…I could have done that; but if I would’ve; then I wouldn’t be sitting here today…reminiscing back, to how far God has truly brought me…and even more, I wouldn’t be living out the finale, of all those broken moments of the past.
As we enter this new year…you may feel as if you are carrying the same old problem into another new year; but don’t focus on that. Instead…focus on how far God has brought you…to where you are today.
One thing I can encourage you with as we close; is that when we allow each new day to become one more step in life; then we are one step further away from despair…believe me, I know. What you see as no hope, will eventually lead you to a time of new hope, if you don’t give up. Keep pressing on and continue to anticipate where God is leading you…and just like me…this too shall pass, as the broken moments become exchanged for something brand new!
Well…I have truly enjoyed our visit today and this time with you, has been a reminder to me that there is hope in Jesus Christ! As you enter this New Year, I pray that you will truly feel the presence of God leading the way…walking you into new moments that will eventually lead you into a new beginning! Take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow! God bless!
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