HAPPY NEW YEAR

TL 1-1 HAPPY NEW YEARI’m the only one in my family that eats black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  It’s a tradition that began when I was just a little girl.  Today I’ll eat a bowl all by myself, but I’ll be thinking of my parents, who put enough butter and black pepper on their peas to drown out the natural flavor.

Whether you eat black-eyed peas or not, this day represents the dawn of a free slate – a fresh start – a new beginning!  There are no mistakes in this day yet.  Well, unless you count that I forgot to put the cap on the toothpaste this morning – okay that was a goof.

But the point is, we have the choice to begin from here and LET GO of all our past transgressions and missteps.  Honestly, to hang on to that stuff – especially the things you will never EVER have the power to change – well, that can just make you bitter and angry and very cranky toward others.  Is that what you really want?  It’s not what I want! 

So today I want to encourage you to literally let the past go…  release it into the vastness of space where it can rise up so far that it eventually breaks into millions of tiny pieces and evaporates completely.  Life is too short to huddle up with past hurts and tons of regret that serve absolutely NO purpose in your life today.

Focus on this day – this present moment – this is what you have, and tomorrow it will be part of the past as well.  The older I get, the less I hang on to.  I just closely filter the things I choose to get my knickers in a knot over – and it’s never over anything that I cannot change.  I cannot waste my time and my energy trying to re-write history.  What’s done is done and it can’t be replayed with a different outcome – so why leave the tape in your head?  Get it out of there – and refocus your mind on the things of today – the new challenges and the new adventures that lie ahead in this new, fresh exciting year!

We have important choices to make in the future – we have to choose a president for our country!  We have new jobs to learn, new skills to hone, new paths to tread – and right beside us is our constant companion, God!  He will see us through anything He brings us to in life.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  God’s got this!  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (14)

BURDENS BECOME BUTTERFLIES

We have butterfly bushes on the east side of our house. They were strategically planted close to our wrought iron bench. Since it was not as windy here in Kansas today, I sat outside for a while to watch the butterflies. I wondered how nice it would be to be practically weightless and able to fly. Then I realized that since God took my burdens, I feel much lighter.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. – Psalm 103:2

His benefits. Who would not want His benefits? We as a society are focused so much on losing physical weight, but I’ll bet a lot of skinny people would love to lose some spiritual, emotional and mental weight. Being heavy on the inside can be more destructive than being heavy on the outside, I believe.

Nobody can hand over your baggage to God except you. Once you take that first step, you’ll be amazed how much lighter you will feel. I would use the words giddy… happy… hopeful… there is a sense of order and peace and love. Once all of the weight is gone, it’s simply amazing. There is power from God’s Holy Spirit that gives you energy like Red Bull!

Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure. – Philippians 2:12-13

It’s my hope and prayer that your burdens will become butterflies today! Hand them over to Jesus and experience that weightless feeling for yourself.

When the dream of our heart is one that God has planted there, a strange happiness flows into us. At that moment all of the spiritual resources of the universe are released to help us. Our praying is then at one with the will of God and becomes a channel for the Creator’s purposes for us and our world. – Catherine Marshall

God has given us such beauty.  It’s up to us to tap into it and allow our burdens to turn into butterflies.  Have a blessed day.  🙂