New Beginnings

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Our lives don’t always turn out like we imagined or thought they would be. We may think we have it all figured out, but then something happens that changes our whole path. The questions begin to surface with, what do I do now? Where do I go from here? This is not where I thought I would be at this point in my life. One minute you’re on such a high of life and the next minute, rock bottom. So much time and work had been put in to getting where you are and now you’re back to square one; forced to start all over again. Life is full of ups and downs and constant changes. Some of those are good and some, well, not so good at all. How you handle those changes and move on is what’s really important.

Reevaluating your life is not easy. It causes you to look deep within yourself and analyze your downfalls. The important thing is to not stay stuck focusing on the negatives for too long, but they cannot be ignored. The negatives, the mistakes, that’s how we learn and grow. Now, depending on the issue that surfaced in your life, make the necessary changes to become a better, stronger person. Use the downfalls as motivation. Some may only need to make a small change while others, may need to take a step back and embark on a totally different direction than what they were on in the first place. Trust me; it can be extremely overwhelming and stressful. Big decisions usually are. There will be times, especially right at first, where you may feel sad and alone and have little to no motivation to pick yourself up and begin moving forward. And that’s perfectly fine and completely normal. But like I said before, do not let yourself stay stuck there for too long. It’s so very important to pick yourself back up and take the steps needed to get back on your feet and start down a different, and hopefully better, road.

I never said it was going to be easy. In fact, it’s going to be extremely difficult. You may be making some of the hardest and most difficult decisions you’ve ever been faced with. At this time, hold onto and lean on those you are closest to for support and encouragement. Pray and turn to God for strength, guidance, and wisdom. Open up God’s word and use scripture for comfort. Some of my favorite passages for such a time as this are Proverbs 3:5-6, James 1:2-4, Matthew 11:28, and Jeremiah 29:11. I can assure you that by doing these things; it will make the process easier and more bearable for you. And you never know what kind of exciting and new adventures God has in store for you in the future.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Matthew 11:28

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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