August…the 8th month of the year….8…the number of “New Beginnings”…..

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As I scroll through my time line, all I see are pictures of new beginnings…Pregnancy announcements, new babies, wedding pictures, new jobs, kids’ first day of school. The concept of “newness” is exciting right? Preparing yourself for a change, a fresh start if you will. As exciting as it seems sometimes change brings about new challenges. How do we move forward in our “new beginning” when challenges arrive? Or better yet how do we even reach our “something new” when faced with various obstacles that feel like they are blocking us from ever reaching that much needed reset?

Before God can bring forth change, He has to first challenge you.

I may have paraphrased that quote a bit, but this concept stuck with me after hearing it Sunday during the message. It is so easy to get discouraged and feel as though your breakthrough is never going to come when battling various issues along the way. But how bad do you really want it? What are you willing to endure to get to the finish line and start fresh? If we are so easy to give up and so quick to throw in the towel, do we really deserve it? Are we more focused on our own desires versus that which we really need? My vote would be that of our (my) own desires and self defined needs. It’s human nature, right? Maybe, but when we have given our lives over to Christ, those desires should fade away. We lay our lives down and now desire only that which He has already ordained specifically for us.

So today I want to encourage you to reevaluate your perspective of change. Accept the challenges that come, don’t run away or give up too quickly. Its kinda like the lyrics “Over the forest and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” lol Weird comparison, I know, but i hope you get my drift. If that little girl went through all of that to get to Grandma’s house, we can go through the valleys, jump over hurdles, dodge the wind and rain to get to the freshness of a sunny day…our new beginning.

Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19

Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Peace & Blessings,

sig KT