Happy First Day of Fall 2016! I always like the significance, even if it’s only symbolic, of the beginning of a new season and the opportunity for a fresh start. It’s nice to know that no matter what has happened in the past, or what obstacles may have been in our paths, we can overcome them and move forward with a fresh start, by the grace of God.
Here’s this first fall day’s inspirational thought:
“Lord, I praise You that Christ
is not a weak person outside me,
but a tremendous power inside me.
Through Him, I am competent
to cope with life, to do Your will,
to love with your love,
to be more than a conqueror.
How I rejoice that I can grow,
develop my gifts, enlarge my capacities…
**I need not be forever shackled by my past,**
but with confidence and joy,
I can look forward to actually becoming
all that You have in mind for me to be.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
I am always in awe when a devotional thought is so fitting and relevant at this time in my life, regardless of when it was written. For instance, this “31 Days of Praise” devotional book came out way back in 1994! My parents had a copy of this book and read it together every day; my Mom gave my hubby and me a copy of it when we got married back in 2006. Now that both of my parents are gone, the book with her written message in it is even more meaningful to me.
The idea of breaking free from the past in the line, “I need not be forever shackled by my past,” is especially powerful and brings to mind the image of chains falling off. Freedom to move forward, unencumbered by the past, overcoming obstacles, and getting a fresh start!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Can you relate to the quote in the image above and in the devotional for today?
Have you ever envisioned yourself shaking off those shackles from the past, so you can move forward unencumbered with a fresh start?