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New Month – New Opportunities to Change and Grow

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New Month – New Opportunities

~Change and Growth~

 

 

So let’s try this again – restart, relaunch, redo … whatever you want to call it as an effort to get back to blogging consistently! 🙂 

Here we are, on the first day of a new month and the first Tuesday of the month–one of only four months with five Tuesdays this year! Don’t mind me, I just like interesting little bits of trivia, especially regarding numerology.  😉

Do you often engage in review and reflect mode about how the year is going – has gone –  as we near the end of summer?  Or perhaps you’re  recovering from what  the year has already brought forth, so you can better prepare for and move forward into these final five months of 2017. It’s all about embracing CHANGE and GROWTH, to become the best people we can be in many areas of life.

 

 

Here is your inspiration for this first day of August …

“One of the great things about a relationship with God is that He always provides new beginnings. His Word says that His mercy is new every day.

Recovering from pain or disappointment of any kind is not something that just happens to some people and not to others. It is a decision! You make a decision to let go and go on. You refuse to think about what you have lost, but instead you inventory what you have left and begin using it.

Not only can you recover, but you can also be used to help other people recover. Be a living example of a confident woman who always recovers from setbacks no matter how difficult or frequent they are.

Pray: ‘Lord, thank You for every new beginning You are making for my life. Help me to put the past aside, and move on with Your help. Amen.'”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

 

My Reflections

Recovery, change, growth, new beginnings …seem to be the story of my life, in so many areas. I am thankful for multiple new beginnings, and the opportunity to grow and improve. Letting go of the past seems especially difficult sometimes, though, but it reminds me of this poem (sorry, I don’t know the author).

 

“As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend,

I brought my broken dreams to God, because He is my friend.

But then, instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone,

I hung around and tried to help in ways that were my own.

He didn’t do at all the things I thought that He should do;

He didn’t mend my broken dreams; He didn’t make them new.

In fact, He seemed quite nonchalant, as though He didn’t care.

So I increased with holy zeal and my intercessory prayer.

Watching, waiting for His hand to do what I had prayed;

but nothing I could say or do helped Him on His way!

At last I snatched them back and cried, ‘How can you be so slow?’

‘My child,’ He lovingly replied, ‘What could I do? You never did let go!'”

 

So What Are YOUR Thoughts Today?

 

Are you thankful for new beginnings?

 

Do you ever find it difficult to let go of the past, so you can move forward unhindered?

 

 

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Sarah Buchanan-Smith

    What fabulous inspiration for the new month. Thank you.

    02 . Aug . 2017
  2. Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS

    I look at Mondays as new beginnings, I never thought of the first day of the month as a new beginning, but it is a wonderful time to look ahead. I love all the motivational quotes throughout this post. Thanks for sharing.

    02 . Aug . 2017
  3. Elise Cohen Ho

    Letting go of the past can be very difficult but when we learn the lesson and then leave the past behind we do ourselves a big favor.

    03 . Aug . 2017
  4. Edward Thorpe

    Letting go is one of the major secrets of happiness and peace. Thank you for this inspirational post,
    Edward

    04 . Aug . 2017
  5. Chery Schmidt

    Hello Karen! I for one cannot believe it is August already! Yikes where did the simmer go? I guess it is because we really have not had a very nice summer.. Lots of rain and cold! Now for your post! You did an amazing job! It did make me feel better reading it 🙂

    Great Share
    Thank You
    Chery :))

    06 . Aug . 2017
  6. Dr. Erica Goodstone

    Hi,
    What a lovely post. Ha, ha, ha – we always think we are in control and we hang on for dear life.
    When all along, all we need to do is let go and let God – sound cliché, but so true.
    Yesterday I received an invite from MomentsPastBook.com on Facebook to create an album of my own past 2016.
    What a treat that was to see what was captured in the 40 images – my niece’s wedding, my 96 year old aunt’s birthday
    a few months before she died, several of my virtual summits and radio shows, and other momentos of moments past.
    Another reminder of just how much we can accomplish in one year – and we can start over whenever we decide.
    Thanks for helping us to think about starting over with the start of this new month – almost a week has passed since you wrote this. Soon it will be the start of another new month, with other new possibilities.
    Warmly,
    Dr. Erica

    06 . Aug . 2017
  7. Lesly Federici

    Insightful and reflective. I turn 63 this month and it’s been a thought ,introspective month. All good. I’m diving into some self-growth work which I am excited about. So that’s where I am this day .. so excited for you! Look forward to hearing your personal successes and changes now that you have “Dr. Karen” to your name … much love to you…

    07 . Aug . 2017

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