Fresh Hope – 7th December 2017

‘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

As we sit on the cusp of a brand new year, we usually begin to reflect on the year gone by and consider the one to come.

I’m sure for many of you, 2017 can be defined as a year in which you saw and made it through many challenges. It is always encouraging to look back and see that which you once thought was impossible, but have now overcome. For some of you perhaps, your growth as a person can be marked. Perhaps there have been difficulties that you are sure will be carried into 2018.

Last night I was going through my wardrobe sorting out clothes for the charity shop. I love the feeling of simplifying. Cutting back on what is not used and making room for the new. I believe in many areas of our lives we should regularly review, cut, and make space for the next season.

God is a God of new beginnings and His desire for all of us is to walk into the new year with a strong sense of hope and faith for the future. We may not be able to change our circumstances or situations, but we can shift our perspective and attitude.

Focus on what you can do, and leave the rest to God.

Some good questions to ask yourself are:

What do I need to stop worrying about that is out of my control?
What do I need to start including in my day that feeds my soul?
Who do I need to unfollow – in life or on social media?
When is the last time I got lost in the wonder of  God’s word?
What consumes too much of my head or heart space that is unhealthy?
When is the last time I did something for my spouse, friend or work mate – just to see them smile?
When is the last time I set personal goals?
What did I do today to prioritise my health (mind, body and soul)?
When is the last time I did something for the first time?
What can I start today to make a positive impact on my future? (saving, investing, reading or writing).

Tune into what God might have for you in the new year.
Be prepared for God to do a new thing. Get rid of the old and make space.

Jeremiah 29:11 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.

Pastor Mark

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