Today is the last day of January 2018. I can’t believe we’re a month into the year already.
The phrase that I am hearing today is “new beginnings.”
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
This is a season of healing and restoration. This is a season wherein dreams we thought were dead are brought back to life. This is a season wherein broken relationships are restored. This is a season wherein we do the hard work, look deep within, and allow light to shine on the dark areas of our lives.
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:4-6
This week, something is stirring in me. I am really excited to see what is coming…it’s almost like there is a huge gift sitting in front of me, waiting for the time that I am allowed to open it. The gift is dusty, because I’ve been avoiding it for a long time…much longer than I would like to admit…but the dust is being blown off, and the shiny gold wrapping paper with the bright red bow shine brightly.
For so long, I’ve been cloaked in shame…about so many areas of my life. The things that I have allowed to hold me back from ripping that gift open are being transformed into the story that will be told that will help others shed their shame and walk forward into the life that God has designed for them.
If you can relate to any of this, take heart. 2018 is a year of restoration. If you are willing to do some hard work and focus your efforts, this will be the best year of your life.