looking forward

Year’s end is pregnant with new year’s beginning. Reflecting and planning come with mourning and hope. Lessons from the past are making plans for the future. Maybe it’s time to let some things go. It’s okay to move on.

You miss the beauty of change when you hold mementos that can’t be changed. Coffee cups never again shared. It’s time to make some new memories. It’s time for new cups.

The year is long when winter drags on. Plenty of time for the heart to mourn when night comes early and days are barely there. The snow is gentle. It hides the shame of naked death. It stores up life for the buds of Spring.

Like a new mother’s breast, forgiveness aches for you. Like a starving infant, you can’t survive without it.

Losing your innocence is like losing an article of clothing. One less layer between you and the sandpaper of life. You see reminders of your experience in the mist under the street light and you hear it in the cackle behind the seductive laugh of virtue about to take leave.

Whether innocence was taken or you gave it, it takes a mountain of faith to believe in a mustard seed of purity.

You cannot get the spirit within you to stop ringing the bell of ‘what if’.

What if, with the morning sun, the new day came with a fresh chance? What if today is a new day and you can leave the sting of yesterday behind? What if today brings a renewed promise?

God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today… -Hebrews 4:7

You must remember that sin is inevitable, but the power it has over you is an illusion. The only reason a person would let grass grow under the defeat of their sin  and no longer be gaining life and godliness is because they have forgotten that they have been set free.

But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. -2 Peter 1:9

Don’t forget your freedom, defeat is not yours no matter what you’ve done. Today is a new day.

New Day

Serena Woods, Grace is for Sinners

  • http://twitter.com/TheMaryBonner MARY BONNER

    Serena, this is beyond beautiful. It, literally, took my breath away. Thank you for such lovely encouraging words this morning. I think this is my favorite line, “Don’t forget your freedom, defeat is not yours no matter what you’ve done. Today is a new day.”

    So thankful for a new day…blessings to you!

  • BETH HILDEBRAND

    What wonderful words you wove together, Serena! I really liked, “You miss the beauty of change when you hold mementos that can’t be changed.” Those words explained just.right. what I learned through a time of struggle not too long ago. Keep using your gift! Thank you! Blessings!

  • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ MICHELE-LYN

    “The only reason a person would let grass grow under the defeat of their sin and no longer be gaining life and godliness is because they have forgotten that they have been set free.”

    Amen and amen!