Friday | November 22 | Fresh Starts

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 NIV

Many have moved to our area just like we did a few years ago. Seldom do I meet anyone who is actually from where we live now. When you move 1,200 miles way from everything that is routine, you have two options: 1) You can make yourself miserable, feel sorry for yourself, and lament over everything you miss. Or 2) You can look at the positive side of a new beginning. For example, no one knows you. No one has judged you, pigeonholed you, or put you into a box. You can actually reinvent who you are because no one has preconceived ideas about you.

No one has seen your clothes or your shoes—you suddenly have a whole new wardrobe. You don’t have to eat at the same old restaurants. You no longer look at anyone as a stranger, instead you see them as potential friends. You appreciate every smile, every kind word, every person who reaches out to you.

No one is invading your space. Every day is an adventure, you discover your spouse can be a friend, and you lose complacency. In God’s Kingdom, every day is a fresh start. He never judges you by yesterday’s failures or tomorrows faults. Fresh starts are His specialty.

Prayer Focus

  • Focus on what’s to come, not what was.
  • Trust that the Father’s plan is better than your own. It may not be comfortable getting there, but it’s worth the journey.

Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.
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