Start a New Chapter

This is such a great reminder!

When your life starts to look unrecognizable,
When you press your hands against your closed eyes and whisper, “How did we even get here?”
When you feel like you’re the only one who can’t get her ducks in a row,
Remember this …

Nobody has their act together all the time.
We all have chapters in our story that we don’t share or post or read aloud.
Most of us are still trying to find our ducks—getting them in a row is for another day.

And …
We are loved by a God who promises to restore what’s broken.
He heals our hearts.
He gives us new beginnings and new chapters.

It’s hard enough to move through the day when life has turned upside down and we can’t stop paddling in circles. We pile on more frustrations and resentment and hurt when we start believing that everybody else has it all together. And we lose hope when we believe that nothing will ever change.

So, let’s remember…

We all have a chapter that we don’t read aloud. You are not alone.
AND
God promises that we can start a new chapter.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

Messy and hard and hurt don’t last forever.

None of us is without struggles. Some days are glorious. And other days? Can’t we just skip them? We’ve all been there.

The same God who promises us hope, peace, joy, mercy, and restoration, will help us turn the page and start a new chapter. Don’t just gloss over this. This is truth.

Show yourself grace, my friend. One step at a time.
And knowing that these days, it’s very likely that most everybody else is living in a chapter called “Struggle?” Show your friend and the person in front of you a little grace too. They’re probably just trying to take their next step, too.

You are loved by a very gracious God.
Ask Him to help you turn the page and start a new chapter.

 

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