“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Have you ever read a book and got all the way to the ending only to be disappointed with the way the Author finished the story?
What if you could rewrite the ending of your story?
Is it time to fan the flames and rekindle the fire of your dreams?
These are questions I am pondering today. I have been sitting still for too long. Waiting, and waiting, and wondering. Yes I have prayed. Yes I have listened. But sometimes I think God just wants us to stop trying to understand everything and just GET UP! I truly believe He will heal us on the journey, on the way.
Water that stops moving turns green and yucky. The current keeps things fresh and gets rid of the debris. Let the river flow! I guess my point is, sometimes I get stuck in thinking, “things will always be this way.” That is just not true. God has always lead me out of the darkness and into the light. But sometimes I feel like I am squinting because I have been in the ‘cave’ so long. Know what I mean?
Yes, I have accepted many things in this life – more than I should have. And it cost me – a lot. I said yes to things I never should have. I wasted years of my life following deadbeat guys around to nowhere. I didn’t follow my heart. I didn’t follow God. I followed a really sick man – well, men – for many, many years. But that is water under the bridge, I can’t change it, I can’t go back. But I don’t have to stay stuck in my memories either. We made it, but now what?
Truthfully, I gave up on dreaming a long time ago. Yeah, really. Plan A, B, and C didn’t work, so I guess I threw in the towel. When you live one crisis to the next, there is little time to dream. When you are working 3 jobs just to support the kids cause the ex won’t, you get a little too tired to dream. Life got in the way. But things are changing! Hallelujah, thank you Jesus! A new season is upon us my friends. And I for one, want to start to dream again. I want to look forward to good things from God in my future instead of looking back with regret. Turn around, repent – for me that means I need to look FORWARD to GOOD things. Now that’s a change, lol!
And yes, I am getting older. I do more thinking and reflecting now than when I was younger. But hey, I am not dead yet, lol! And my story is not over yet – and neither is yours! God is still writing, and He is still using us to create beautiful and amazing things. Lets fan the flame. God isn’t done with us yet – we are still breathing. Ignite your dreams again. Believe in a future again. I dare you!
What are the dreams in your heart?
What are your goals?
What would you like to do with the next chapter?
So, let’s play. What 3 things would you write in the next chapter of your story?
3 new endings to my story:
I would go to Nashville with my husband. We never had a Honeymoon. I want to live and breathe music from the heart of Nashville. My husband and I play music together all the time – it would be fun! And this girl has to get a Cowboy Hat and some boots. And go horseback riding again. And we would have to take another trip to take the kiddos. I never really got to take my kids on a vacation. After a divorce, you do the best you can with what you have. I am not complaining, I love all my kids. I just wish I had more opportunity to show them the world.
I would probably move. I like the town we are in, but this broken down farmhouse has me depressed. It needs a new roof, the ceilings are leaking, new windows, new electrical. And seriously, it only has a shower. I am a girl. I need a bathtub. I must have been nuts thinking I could live without a bathtub. I love the land. Maybe we should tear it down and start over. Yeah I know. Need the money first.
I would travel. I want to go and meet my music buddy tmv from PA. I want to go say hi to Nathaniel and Kelly and their new baby. I would love to go hear Nashville Joe’s poems, and I really want to go hear Penny Towers sing too, and Dianne MacAdam – she rocks! And Cyndi, and Peter, and the other Peter, and DeDe, and Darius, and Kathy Meyers, and Chameleon,and Kenney, and you too! Wow we really need a jam session! And then there are all my blogging friends – Susan, Cheryl, Tami, Seeker, Loopyloo, Laura, Skye, Ana, Dawn, Morgan, Harry, Wendell, Secret Angel, Natalie, Debbie, and Deborah, and Apostle Cross, and Patty B, Karina, the Warrioress, Steve, and you! I have way too many friends all over the world! Wouldn’t it be fun to get together?
Leave me a comment, let’s dream together today. What are your 3 alternative endings?
Small beginnings. A thought becomes an action. Today I start new. New thoughts. New actions. Like Pastor Jeff said – I want the Perfect Will of God in my life. Yes there is good, and yes there is his pleasing will. But I want all that God has for me here. I believe God, he says ALL things are possible to those who believe! So I’m starting with a thought, a prayer, a small beginning. Things can change. I don’t have to stay “stuck”. Thank you Lord for small beginnings!
“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
My father always said that… and I think I am fine.”
― Margaret Thatcher
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.(The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)
Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
“Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing. When you venture outside your comfort zone, wherever the starting point may be, it’s kind of a big deal.”
― Chris Guillebeau
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius, Confucius: The Analects
“Most things, even the greatest movements on earth, have their beginnings in something small. An earthquake that shatters a city might begin with a tremble, a breath. Music begins with a vibration . . . And God created the whole universe from an atom no bigger than a thought.”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
“Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, not the other way around. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. Then, as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. It’s absolutely true that, “Wherever you go, there you are.”
― Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many…”
― William Bradford, Bradford: Of Plymouth Plantation
“It all depends on you. If you want it to be different,it will be different. Don’t look at the world with your eyes but with your heart.”
― Avi, The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail
Do you have an old jacket or an old robe that you keep around? Even though it’s tattered and torn – it’s familiar. You have had it for years. It reminds you of where you have been or perhaps what you have lived through so far. Lots of memories – some good, some bad. Yet we keep it around.
Today I am asking myself why. Why do I cling to that old way of thinking like I hold onto that old pink robe? It doesn’t fit me. It wasn’t even a robe that I picked out. It was for someone else. They didn’t want it. So, why do I? Time to dump it I think.
Time to get rid of that old way of thinking. Take the old robe to the curb and leave it there. VICTORY is already ours. Jesus took care of it. Hey, let’s take off that robe of regret and shame. It didn’t fit us very well anyway. That is not who God says we are.
Sometimes there are authors that just melt my heart. Max Lucado is one of my fav’s. I haven’t read everything He has written, but a few and I love how he brings light to the Word and helps me see things differently. Here are a few of his words…
Blog-land, a public place to share your private thoughts…who coulda thunk it? I started Prayers and Promises as a place to share prayers and promises, and to testify about the goodness of God. I have to say I have learned more from by brothers and sisters here than in many relationships I have had. There is a freedom when you write – no constraints – I love it! So, here’s a few pics that let me dance today. God bless you all!
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers—out of here!—
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheap god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, God,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies! (Psalm 139:12-22 MSG)