Our past can be filled with so many disappointments, hurts, and regrets that each time we go down memory lane, we come out more miserable than happy; more downcast than encouraged.
And we can be so stuck in those memories of pain that we find it difficult to move forward.
On my journey to wholeness, I have found it essential to be honest with myself and with God, to grieve my losses, to make peace with my past, and to let go.
To forgive and to be forgiven. And to make reconciliations where reconciliations are possible.
To declare that each day is a new day to begin afresh in God.
A clean slate to write on where yesterday's mistakes don't count.
A brand new day to cut off the old and embrace the new.
To identify the lies that have kept me in bondage and held me captive.
To stop thinking and behaving in the old ways that have gotten me stuck in the wilderness for far too long.
To learn new ways of thinking and behaving that will enable me to step out of that self-prolonged wilderness and into a new peace; a new joy; a new ability to love myself and others.
To stop beating up this beautiful creation whom God loves without reserve - sometimes the hardest thing to do is to forgive ourselves.
To refuse to live with regrets and to let go of things that threaten to take away this new peace and joy that I've found in Him.
To remember the happy memories and purposefully push aside the sad ones.
To receive God's love and grace for today and to depend on His strength when mine is not enough.
To trust Him for a better tomorrow if today doesn't go as planned.
To live in the moment and cherish the blessings of each day.
Trusting that God will restore all that we had lost and bless our latter days more than our beginning.
So let's take courage and arise, for today is a new day!
"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten...."
~ Joel 2:25 ~
"Instead of your shame you shall have double honour. And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs."
~ Isaiah 61:7 ~
"Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning...."
~ Job 42:12 ~
"The end of a thing is better than its beginning...."
~ Ecclesiastes 7:8 ~