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Make a Fresh Start Today

Are you in need of a fresh start?  What about a midyear shift?  Ready for a new focus?  How about a complete do over?

If there’s ever been a year when we want to hit rewind and tape over, it’s 2020.  Or how about toss the tape and put in a completely new one??  

Ok, enough of the tape references.  (I’m clearly dating myself with that.)  But the bottom line is this:  2020 hasn’t been very good to us thus far.  

How could we have ever expected a pandemic to hit this year?

How could we have been prepared for a virus to attack our world and have such a personal impact on each and every one of us?

I can say for certain that periods of quarantine and social distancing weren’t in my plans when I was setting my focus for the year.  

I’ve been reflecting lately, as we all have.  I mean, what else are you to do when your world gets turned upside down?  

I always start working on my word for the year in the fall.  Initially “rise up” came to me.  In fact, I recall a conversation with a friend when I told her I was feeling this nudge but I didn’t know what I’d be “rising up” to or for?! 

I searched scripture about it, and God had me land on Ezra 10:4 (NKJV)“Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it.” 

I kept questioning this.  I think I was struggling with some insecurities about it.  If I say my word is “rise up,” then what is that going to require of me?  Am I up for it?  

While I claimed the scripture, I didn’t allow myself to fully embrace that for my word of the year.  

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Eventually, I came to “entrusted.”  In 1 Timothy 6:20, Paul tells Timothy, “guard what has been entrusted to your care.”

This felt right.  

Earlier in the year, I had done a Bible study by Beth Moore called Entrusted.  I felt God calling me to focus on that which He had entrusted to my care – my body, my family, my time, my talents, my treasures.  All the things He’s given us. 

But now that I know what 2020 held (you know the saying “hindsight is 2020”?!), I can see why both “entrusted” and “rise up” were part of His plan for me.  

During this uncertain time, we’ve had to focus on the things that matter.  What truly am I responsible for?  Who/what is important?  What has God entrusted to me and how best must I steward that? 

And also, how can I rise up to the challenge before me?  I believe that’s where the new start is coming.  

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That’s where we are, where I am, at this point in 2020.  

Now that we’ve had time to learn what matters, how can we rise to the challenge that’s been placed on us to face these crazy, uncertain, unprecedented, (you fill in the blank) times that are still before us?

But God gives us new beginnings.  

Every morning, His mercies are new.

He promises to make all things new.  

So, can we make things new now, in the middle of 2020?  

I believe that we can.  

God is ready to do a new thing in me and in you.  Let’s allow Him to do it!  

Recently my friends at Kitlife even released new planners.  Some of them are 2020-2021 and begin in July.  Others don’t have dates on them at all so you get to choose how to use it and when your new beginning begins. 

Check them out and begin your fresh start today!

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