Monday, January 17, 2011

New Beginnings

This month, the ChristianWriters.com blog chain's topic is New Beginnings.

This got me thinking about all the "new beginnings" in my own life. I'll be 29 in a few months, and over the last decade or so, I've seen a lot of them:

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  • Learning to deal with life after my parents' divorce.
  • Getting married and moving away from my dad and sister.
  • Starting new jobs.
  • Failing at projects.
  • Becoming a mother.
  • Writing new stories.
That's just to name a few. I've left out several that are more private that I don't care to share today.

New beginnings, like a new year, give us a chance to change things about ourselves or our situations that need to be altered, or you want to stop or start doing in your life. Sometimes it's in the form of a rude awakening: a job loss, financial difficulty, the loss of a close loved one. Sometimes, it's just a situational change, a new baby, for instance.

How you face your new beginnings tells others a great deal about you. Are you bitter about what's happened, or do you accept it with grace?

Many people don't get the chance to start over; many choose not to do so even when given the opportunity. There's many things in my life right now that I feel like I'm back to square one on. They're out of my control (as so many things in life are--that's a really important lesson to learn) so I have to accept them, deal with them as best I know how to, and move forward.

I'm blessed that my new beginnings are easier by having Jesus with me every step of the way, as well as TMOTH (The Man Of The House--my husband).
"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." -- Jesus in Matthew 11:30
No matter what new beginnings I have month to month, year to year, I find great comfort in this passage, knowing my Lord and Savior is right there with me.


How about you? How have you handled the new beginnings in your life? Are you faced with any new things right now?


Until next time,

7 comments:

E G Lewis said...

Very interesting post, Liberty. One of the things that researching and writing historical fiction has taught me is how little the world has changed. Kepp on keepin'on.
Peace and Blessings.

Adam Collings said...

That verse has been a particular comfort to me recently as well. Thanks for sharing it.

I like how you mentioned that some changes in circumstance can be bad, but some can be good.

The interesting thing you'll find about becoming about a parent is that it isn't just a new beginning - it's a lifetime of constant new beginnings almost every day.

Liberty Speidel said...

Thanks to both of you!

@Adam, yes, there are definitely new things every day with kids. My daughter is two, almost 2 1/2, and she's doing new things all the time. (TMOTH took her sledding for the first time yesterday.) And, my son showed me something new yesterday that my daughter never did, and he'll be 6 months later this week. :)

TraciB said...

Good post, Liberty. We can all relate, even those of us who aren't parents. Everyone goes through changes; how we face them is the key to whether we live as overcomers or overcome.

Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing! You've had a lot of changes in the past few years--stressful, even the good ones. Take care of yourself. :)

Tracy Krauss said...

New beginnings - both positive and negative - become do-able with Jesus. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me'

lynnmosher said...

Liberty, I'm sorry I'm so late in commenting. Aren't you glad for ALL the new beginnings God allows us? Whew! What would we do without His new mercies every morning? Great post!

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