Hello everyone! I sure hope that your week is off to a great start! This week we are going to be doing something new. With all that people are facing right now, I thought that we would take Monday - Friday and allow each day to become a step of hope towards the New Year. Each day, I will be giving you a God inspired word of encouragement that will help you to take one more step towards another New Year. I hope that you will come back each day and see what God is longing to share with your heart, as a means of helping you to enter this brand-new year.
Today, I was thinking on how we become so caught up in where we are at this present time; that we tend to find ourselves believing that the days ahead will be the same, which can even cause us to dread another new year. I don't know about you; but it's amazing, as to how these moments of circumstance can attempt to convince us of things that just aren't true.
As we take our first step towards another new year, I think that the first thing we could use some encouragement with; is to stop living by what we believe may happen or go wrong and start anticipating something better and something new. I might as well tell you right now that we will definitely find it difficult to enter another new year, if we feel that the year ahead will only be the same as what we are experiencing right now.
What we really need to begin with is what it says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, which reads… "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)" In other words, we live by what we believe will happen, not by what we can see. We need to realize that it's what we trust in but don't yet see that keeps us going. If we can have something to pursue, which is a new life with Christ; then there won't be any time to get caught up in how bad life is at the moment or even as to how it could get worse.
Maybe today you have been struggling a long time with something in your life or maybe you are just sick of all that is happening in this world. The way I see it, is that entering another new year isn't that bad; because these new steps ahead are going to take us step by step away from all these difficult times to a new life with Christ in heaven. One thing I know for sure is this…when we give up and allow ourselves to remain in the past, due to fear of what may lie ahead of us; then moments such as these are only going to prolong the moments we're experiencing at this present time. Remember…we don't want to stay where we are; we want to walk away from it and that can't happen if we either give up or remain where we are…stuck in the muck and mire of our despair.
I want you to know today; that there were many times in my past, when I didn't want to enter another new year of the same old pain and heartache that I was experiencing at the time. It was hard enough to just live from one day to the next, let alone another new year; but over time I came to see that I lived with these moments of dread because my heart and mind were so buried in everything that was happening in my life at the time; that I began to believe that this was the way life would always be. Once I began to let go of everything that was bringing me down in life and anticipate what I just couldn't see at the moment and look forward to something new, as though something was going to greet me around the bend; that is when my life turned around and I began to see the best of what God longed to reveal to me in my life. Now, I anticipate and pursue everything in my life.
As we take the first step together towards another new year, may I encourage you to look beyond the things you see with your own eyes…things that only long to bring you down and steal your joy; and begin anew, by looking for what may be around the corner. One thing I can say for sure…if you choose to do this; that is when you will find yourself longing to take another new step towards this brand-new year.
As we close, my prayer for you today is that God will give you the strength to take that first step towards another new year…knowing that the steps ahead can take you away from the despair you're living in, to experience something brand new…something that God has in store just for you…Amen!
Have a very blessed day and I will look forward to another visit with you tomorrow, as we walk one step closer towards another new year!
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