It’s A New Day!

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img_4200Birds flying high

You know how I feel

Sun in the sky

You know how I feel

Reeds driftin’ on by

You know how I feel
It’s a new dawn

It’s a new day

It’s a new life

For me

And I’m feeling good

I’m feeling good….

The lyrics to Michael Buble’s song, “Feeling Good,” are going through my mind this morning as I think about how we all have a “fresh” start for this brand new year of 2017!

In my quiet time this morning, I reflected on how the Lord brought me through some tough times this past year.

Watching my Mother’s decline with her Alzheimer’s was really hard.  But I know without a doubt, the Lord was with my Mother every step of the way on her journey.  He was with me also.

Between my Mother’s Journey and health issues of my own, yes, 2016 was a tough year for me.  And although the Lord was with me every step, it doesn’t mean I reciprocated that action. When you get so caught up in your “tough” times, you forget to call upon the one who can help!

You get busy feeling sorry for yourself, wondering how you’ll make it through. You get so busy trying to take care of situations, you forget to stop and spend time with the one who will listen!

One day goes by, then another, then another. A week goes by, then two.  You begin to feel very tired, zapped and defeated.  And, you forget to call upon the one who can give you energy and strength!

“…Oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him – endless energy, boundless strength!”  Ephesians 1:19 MSG

I’m so thankful for His faithfulness. Even though we are not always faithful to Him, He is with us!

When Jesus repealed the law code, he made it to where we could be, “a new kind of human being,  a fresh start for everybody.” Ephesians 2:15 MSG

We all mess up. We get caught up in ourselves and situations we are in. And, a lot of times in the messes we make for ourselves.  It’s so easy to take our eyes off the Lord and say we can’t…

My prayer for this coming year, is to keep my eyes on the one who says He can…take care of everything!

The Author

Hey glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

1 Comment

  1. Beth, Good to hear from you again! We know that even when we are “silent” on our blogs, God is working behind the scenes to inspire and grow us in our faith. And yes, the new year is when we normally think of fresh starts with the past behind us. Lamentations reminds us that we have the fresh start every morning! “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23) Happy New Year and Happy New Adventures with God!

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