I was just reflecting this morning on 2015 and all that it entailed. I’m not a big New Year’s Resolution fan because I believe you can have a new start at any moment in time. With Christmas a few days away I thought about how the King left His throne in heaven to come to earth. Jesus was born, of flesh, on this earth, dwelt among us, sinless but became sin … he was born to die so that we could live and have new life. Through Him we are new creations. The old has gone and the new has come.
So let me ask you: As you reflect back on 2015 and your life thus far what are the patterns that keep you stuck? What do you want, not only for 2016 but for tomorrow? What are the thoughts that keep you in fear? Those stupid little lies that buzz in your ear … what are they? Do you believe them?
There are some habits and/or people from your past that cannot go into your future with you. They are holding you back. They are keeping you in bondage. They are locking you down and keeping you stuck. You know it … but you’re afraid. It’s all you’ve ever known and the thought of life without it/them is terrifying.
Earlier this year I stood in front of my husband and with tears streaming down my face, I said, “This is it. I’m losing myself. God has spent the past 11 years trying to pry ‘me’ out of my own hands … and He’s doing it, for real, right now. All that I’ve ever known is going away. The April that I’ve always known is gone and she’s never coming back.”
It was terrifying and heartbreaking. I felt like I had died and there was nothing I could do about it. Let me tell you, friends … God brings beauty from ashes! Dead things don’t stay dead around him for long. He brings NEW life. The old has gone and the new has come. I’m freer now that I ever could have been on my own. I have peace that passes all understanding. The stuff that used to bother me doesn’t bother me at all anymore. The old wounds have been replaced with forgiveness, grace, and love. I do not have anyone negative in my life. I am surrounded by people who speak life over me and if someone sneaks in and starts causing drama – they’re out. No hard feelings … but they got ta go!
Create a peaceful, trustworthy circle around you. Great friendship comes with great responsibility. There are some folks who cannot come with you into the new year being close to your heart. They are toxic and plant seeds of doubt and discouragement in you. People treat you the way you allow them to treat you. Is 2016 going to be the year where the concrete blocks come off of your feet?
You have treasure in you that only you can bring to this earth. What’s been holding you back? Who’s been holding you back? What are you going to do differently to get unstuck?
Have a beautiful Tuesday!
You are loved!
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