Day of New Beginnings

1 Chronicles 16:11-12

Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually! Remember the wonderful works that he has done, the wonders he wrought, the judgments he uttered.

Thought for the Day:  God leads us into the days of new beginnings

Today is a day of new beginning for me as I begin a new position. As I attempted to go to sleep last evening, I felt a bit of anxiety that kept me from sleeping for a period of time. Even when I slept, I dreamed that I awoke late and couldn’t find what I needed to get ready for the day. What a relief when I woke up at a normal time this morning and could make a plan for the day. My oldest son, bless his sweet heart, has the same shy personality as I when it comes to meeting new people and to entering new experiences. I watched him yesterday as he watched out our front window at a group of boys playing football and I could see the longing in his eyes to participate, but he couldn’t bring himself to go out and play.   I saw myself in him as I watched and my anxiety level went up as I could feel his yearning. I wanted to nudge him out the door but I knew the feelings I would have if someone did that to me, especially when I was young. Today, I enter a similar situation. I want to get to know the new people I will be working with but I am anxious. I know I will look longingly at them and want to join in. Will I push myself in or will I “look out the window?”

Today is a day of new beginning for my son and me. My husband’s and my theme song in the early years began with the words,  “This is the day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, Laying to rest the pain that’s gone.” Those words are special to me but still leave me to my own emotions when I enter new situations. But the final words of the song are “Christ is alive and goes before us to show and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; Our God is making all things new.” There the are…..there are the words that God has given me today. There are the words to keep in my mind as I enter into this day. There are the words I will share with my son today and will let him know that I am praying that as he goes through his day that he will see that Christ is alive and goes before us in every step of our day.

Prayer:   Father God, thank you for going ahead of us each day even before we enter into a new situation. Help us know as we enter uncomfortable or anxious situations that you have already gone in and that you are waiting to help us through. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE ANXIOUS IN NEW SITUATIONS

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