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Everyday is New Year’s day!

Lamentations 3:22-24 (msg)

22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.

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I will be upfront and personal:  Brenda does not make New Years resolutions or is not very good at setting goals.  With that said, is it time for a new direction?  Perhaps the New Year is a chance to just change something in ones life.  What if January 1st is just another ordinary day?  Every day in life is a chance to change.  Every morning offers a new opportunity to make a difference in your life.  Every day we awake, His mercies are new so why can’t it be New Years Day everyday?
If we want to be different in personality or reactions, where do we start?  What if we fail? (over and over and over and over again) Life is short but the connections we make here on earth are forever.  I have read testimonies of those who have gone to heaven and come back about all the people they recognized.  What we do here on earth matters.  So how do we transition to this new creation if the old-self wants to butt in all the time?  Not easy for sure. Let me share a little story from my past.
A few years ago a prophetess came into town and spoke a word of knowledge deep into my soul.  It was a simple message and one that I understood immediately. “If you don’t start loving my people, I cannot move you forward.”  Well, not the easiest thing to receive especially in front of a group of Christian people, but I certainly knew I had room for improvement in this area of my life.  Yes, I was one of those people everyone loved at church but in the workplace I was not the nicest person.  I was often sarcastic.  I had no tolerance for stupidity.  I had very little patience when things were not done my way.  How did I change this? Carpet time and choosing to make a change.
I began seeking God every chance I had in services asking Him to change me from the inside out.  Once I made the choice to change and asked God for help, things became easier because He began to show me the hearts of other people.  He started giving me a heart of compassion like I had never known before.  I began to see how people’s pasts played an important role on how they react to things now.   I have learned to respond and not react to situations for the most part.  Yes, there are times when I lose it and have to start over but I am not giving up.
So what do you want to change this year?  Do you want to start today or is your New Years Day January 10th? Or March 3rd? Or August 14th?  You get to choose because changing begins with you and God.  Choosing to change means you are ready to take a step in a new direction and only you can determine when you want something different for your life.  As for me, I am not sure yet what my New Years Date will be, I am not sure what I am ready to change at this point.  Perhaps choosing to love more or having more compassion.  All I know is that I have to be ready to make a change in my life because I am the one who will have to go through the process.  So Happy New Years to those who are moving forward today and Happy New Years whenever to those who are not quite ready.  Just remember, every day is a chance to change….you get to choose!
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Burn Those Bridges!!!

Luke 11:33-36

“No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It’s put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.”
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Do you remember people in your life telling you, “Don’t burn that bridge?”.  Well, I am hear to say in my own opinion…Burn Them!  And here are the reasons why I feel it is the right thing to do in order to move ahead in your walk.  One:  It’s the past.  Two: It’s not worth walking back into.  Three:  Moving forward means forgiving and forgetting what is behind you.
There are so many things in this world which lead us to our own bridges.  Sometimes bad marriages lead us to bridges. Other times it’s a work related issue.  Maybe the bridge is simply becoming more like Christ.  Whatever our bridge is, once we choose to walk over it, we have to decide not to look back and I feel to keep our minds away from looking back, we just need to burn those bridges after we have crossed over.  Does that make sense to anyone else?
Often times our bridges from disaster to perfect peace are long, tedious walks.  Sometimes there is so much pain in taking the next step that for just a moment our flesh just wants to go back to the familiar, less painful edition of our life.  I remember the EXACT moment when I started out on my bridge away from my ex-husband.  I had 22 years of destruction behind me, that mind you, I was quite comfortable in for whatever reasons.  When God told me to get an order of protection instead of picking my husband up from the physc-ward, I wanted to stomp my feet back to the beginning of that bridge because my natural mind could not understand how I could live without him.
Do you see my confusion between flesh and spirit?  I knew in my heart of hearts that I had no desire to return to the mess I was in before God gave me a way out, yet my flesh did not know how to live any other way than how it had been.  My spirit on the other hand, knew there was freedom on the other side of that bridge and it wanted nothing to do with what my flesh desired.  It knew there was something better just ahead.  So, I did what I knew best and forgave.  Yes, forgave my ex-husband first and then I forgave myself.  As I began to feel the release, the beginning of the bridge just disappeared and I no longer wanted to go back to my comfort zone.  I was ready for my new edition of life.
So to me, burning those bridges brings freedom.  It allows our flesh to die and our spirits to thrive.  Forgiveness is the match that starts the flame.  Freedom comes from forgiving not only others by ourselves.  Once we lose the temptation to look back, our steps become easier and the desire to be renewed is so strong.  A passion begins to burn in our spirit for God that nothing will put out, not even our past.  So, go ahead!  Burn those Bridges!  Move forward in the things of God one bridge at a time.