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In With The New - Embracing Change
August 17, 2017
At the beginning of this month I posted about how August always reminds me of fresh starts and new beginnings and I gave some biblical background. The number eight in the Bible signifies Resurrection and Regeneration. It is the number of a new beginning. Eight is 7 plus 1 and since it comes just after seven, which itself signifies an end to something, so eight is also associated with the beginning of a new era or that of a new order.
And so, I feel it is very timely in talking about new beginnings as everyone is going back to school. Coming into fresh starts can be exciting and exhilarating but also require change. For this mama of two and pregnant with my third, it's starting to hit me that my first child will be starting public school and though it’s exciting the change has been overwhelming. I've always thought that I was good with change, I like change, I'm very spontaneous, and a just go with the flow kinda girl but the new or rather now unknown requires much change and flexibility.
What is your new? What new things have you started or will start? Are your kids off to school, maybe starting extracurricular activities? I know that for some parents and kids school couldn’t come soon enough and for others it’s a big adjustment from stopping all the fun summer activities. My new includes waiting for our 3rd child to come in the next few months, sending my daughter off to kindergarten, living without certain people in my life, and relationship changes. Those I've listed may not seem major but they’ve taken a toll on me mentally and physically this year. Starting fresh requires change. Starting new sometimes means staring over and that's not always fun. We also may be saying hello to something but having to say goodbye to another, like goodbye to summer or even bigger adjustments in our lives.
I’ve learned that sometimes we need to let go of everything we’re clinging to and just start over. We can’t hang on to the past if we plan on moving forward. Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT says,
“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
God is so ready to do new things in your life but we’re so busy hanging onto the past because we’re scared of what we don’t know, of what we can’t see. He wants to take you out of our wilderness and refresh your life. Only He can create something good and beautiful from your ashes. You've got a new story to write. And guess what...??? It looks nothing like your past.
There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
So close your eyes to the old and open your heart to the new. Start your day differently, delete a number, color your hair, quit your job, end that relationship, be committed to a healthy life, take that risk etc... The best time for new beginnings is NOW! And if all this talk of change in your life seems scary and you’re afraid know that regret is scarier. Turning the page can be the best feeling in the world when it's finally done because you have so much more to write. Let the adventures begin!!!
Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until later.
And so whatever your new beginning is, your fresh start, whether it's little or small or something that happens every year, whether it's big and scary and a major life change I pray today that you are filled with strength, be encouraged as you face new horizons. You can do it and you can be it!
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible,