A Fresh Start can be for the Best!

Everybody is blessed with the opportunity for a fresh start at some point in their lives. Whether it be a move, new friendship or even a new career  opportunity.  I recently moved into a new home.  I must say it can be a bit overwhelming but also extremely exciting at the same time.   All the tedious research, speaking with real estate agents, and starting the application process while asking myself.  “Is my credit is still good?”  It was good last time I made a large move but that was 13 years ago.

A Fresh Start- Can be for the Best

I also had feelings of anticipation in viewing potential new homes and imagining how better things would be in my new residence.

There was the difficult task of deciding what to take with me and what needed to be left behind.  The dreaded separation anxiety.  What if I need this item later?  I know I have not used it in 5 years, but you never know?  It seems like I made a new “to do list” every day.  I consider myself a “serial” planner but now all the planning was so exhausting to me!   Then there were the internal questions and concerns when you visit a new place like where is the nearest store?  Is the neighborhood safe?  What about my neighbors?  I hope they are friendly.

It reminds me of similar struggles that we encounter as Christians in our desire to live pleasing to Him.  Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold new things have come. [clickToTweet tweet=”When Jesus is Lord of our life; there should be a change in lifestyle and our desires too!” quote=”Once Jesus is Lord of our life; there should be a change in lifestyle and our desires too.”]
My spiritual fresh start is extremely challenging!  Since recommitting my life to Christ  over 3 years ago, it is my desire to please God every day but some of my old habits seemed so much fun. (at least I thought they were)  It has been difficult to change some things and much easier for others.  I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit lives within us as Christians.  He helps us in so many ways; encouraging us and giving us strength and guidance when we ask God for help.  We must be willing to listen and obey even when we do not understand. I cannot succeed in  my “spiritual” fresh start without God’s help.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

I am learning something from God’s word every day as my trust in Him deepens.  I know He loves me and only wants what is best for me.  So I am done succumbing  to the feelings of anxiety every time I encounter something new.  I ask God to use me each day so that He is glorified.  In doing that, it is making all my “fresh starts” less maddening.  I see daily evidence of God working in my life. This fresh start with Him has been both enlightening and transforming for me!  My prayer is that you allow Him to transform your life!   So will you continue to crawl around like a Caterpillar or let God transform you into a beautiful Butterfly?  The choice is yours my friend.

 

Food for Thought

So how did you struggle when becoming a new believer or recommitting to Christ?

How do you handle a fresh start?(job,mate,home, move,etc..)

I would love to hear your thoughts and God bless!

 

 
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10 comments on “A Fresh Start can be for the Best!

Oh Horace, this was a lovely reminder. I recommitted my life to Christ almost 4 years ago and I still struggle. I want to display all the fruits of the spirit, all the time but I’m human and screw up. Regularly.

I find my biggest challenge is making sure I don’t beat myself up too badly when I fall short. I’m still learning to lean into God and recite that by grace I’ve been saved… past, present, and future.

Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

Blessings to you brother… and wishing you a lovely evening.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Jennifer for the sincere comment. It was about 3 years ago next month(9/9/2012) that I recommitted my life to Christ. Praise God! Just remember that God knew everything we would do when He created us and He still chose us to be His children. Amazing! I too struggle with the self criticism but knowing that those thoughts are not from God. I want to glorify the God that has given me this fresh start. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Blessings to you and yours!

Congratulations on your new home. Fresh starts are always exciting. What a blessing to know how the Lord gives us a fresh start every morning. Thanks so much for linking up at Counting My Blessings. My the Lord be with you and bless you!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Deb. My new home has definitely been a blessing from God! I am tankful every morning I wake up that God has allowed me to see another day. I want Him to be glorified in all that I do. Thank you for the opportunity to link up. My God bless you and yours. Have a wonderful weekend!

Fresh starts are both nice and hard, aren’t they!

I heard Henry Blackaby say one time that he started every single day as if it were an adventure. What do you have for me today, Lord? Then, he went out in faith and lived.

Challenging and exciting – this Christian life~

Came over on Blessings Counter.
Have a great weekend~
Melanie

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Happy Friday Melanie! Thanks for the comment. Yes fresh starts do have their challenges but the rewards are usually greater. I am thankful for each day the Lord blesses me with! I hope you have a wonderful weekend also.

janette

Hi Horace,Your “fresh start” blog is very insightful, I too get frustrated w daily fresh starts at home sometimes too. Thankfully I know everyday I have a fresh start with The Father as I submit daily to Jesus being my Lord, and let His word dwell in me richly, in all wisdom, teaching me & admonishing others with thankfulness in my heart unto God for His extravagant love.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you for the comment Janette and welcome back! I just memorized that scripture last week in Colossians 3. I pray that you will feel God’s presence each day especially in those “fresh start” situations. May God continue to bless you and yours.

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