It’s a new week! L.M. Montgomery in her series, Anne of Green Gables wrote, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
We are not perfect, but today and every day is a day where we can continue to work on our makeover realizing our worth in God.
The previous blog talked about loving ourselves. How are you doing on that? Take your time in this new process. Carol Round Beck in her book, By Faith Alone, said this about love, “However, liking yourself isn’t arrogant or self-centered. Instead, it’s accepting the Creator’s gifts and valuing yourself as Christ values you.” As we begin to truly love ourselves, we can then love others.
Two other life changing decisions were important for my new makeover.
2. Forgive- this is hard verb to practice. God is our example of forgiveness. He gave us His only perfect Son, Jesus, to die in our place so we can receive God’s gift of forgiveness. Romans 3:25 “God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God.” When you receive His free gift of forgiveness, you will experience a freedom you never thought possible. Understanding God’s forgiveness allows you to forgive yourself. We goof and have regrets. I had many. I remember playing over and over in my mind the ‘what if’ game. Like myself, learn from them, forgive yourself, and walk ahead. If God of the Universe forgave me then surely I could forgive myself and let it go. God’s forgiveness also allows you to forgive other people in your circle of life…yes, even your ex. As you take small steps toward forgiveness, an important process of your makeover has begun.
3. Embrace– Appreciate your character and inward strength. God put you together as a precious creation. Embrace life! You don’t have to be afraid to make wise decisions. I had felt defeated and lost perspective on life but soon realized I had a functioning brain to make wise decisions for my family. Past lies did not have to hold me. Like me, embrace this NEW ME. You are worth it in God’s eyes. He believes in you to make good choices for you and your kids. He wants you to dream and make new goals. Embrace the fact that you can take care of your physical body, your brain, and your spiritual journey.
And by all means…learn to enjoy life and go for a swing ride!
• Have you forgiven yourself? Have you accepted what Christ did for you on the cross?
• Open your life up to new possibilities as you believe in yourself.
• Believe God will work with you to achieve your potential.
• Is there someone you need to forgive?
• GO FOR A SWING RIDE! Embrace life!
You can do this!