New Day, New Beginning

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Happy Thursday!!  Just two more days until my brother’s big day out here in California and we are getting so excited!  

A little while ago, I received an email from a friend who is currently in the midst of a trying and disappointing time.   As she processed how she was feeling and what was going on, towards the end she said something that touched a deep place in my heart.  I loved it so much, I asked if I could share it with my favorite blog friends, and she was quick to agree:

“The next morning when I woke up, I had a renewed spirit and a thankfulness for a new day, a new beginning.  How cool is it that God gave us days and nights so we could start over each day….similar to the Gospel…we are made new again. “

Don’t you love her perspective and how she brings it back to the Gospel?!  Nothing in her circumstances had changed, but the morning brought a new renewed spirit and the promise of a new beginning.  It’s easy to speak of God’s promises after everything sorts itself out and we see the big picture, but when you’re still stuck in the middle of confusion and disappointment, that takes a lot of faith and strength.  

She goes on to talk about how God is giving her verses about being content in all situations–one of the hardest lessons to have to learn, but she shares of her eagerness to cling to God’s word and truly learn what it means and how to apply it to her life and situation.  

I share this with you today, because I thought her words were so beautiful and often, it’s so easy to try to wait until we can wrap up our difficult seasons with a bow and talk about them after they’re over…that’s what I tend to do.  Here, rather than waiting to package it up, I love the hope that she has and her eagerness to cling to God and His word in the midst of difficulty.  

She has inspired me during disappointing and trying times, not to merely run to a surfacey fix (reality tv marathons, ice cream, wine), but to Go. After. God.  Seek Him in prayer, cry out to Him, study His word, and not be afraid to ask others to pray as well.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
   I call as my heart grows faint;
   lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge.
Psalm 61:2-3