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Sitting at my desk looking out the window at the pier, thinking…”It looks cold out there.” I remember standing on that pier over a year ago, in the cold, crying and begging God to help me. To wrap His loving arms around me and just hold me. That was last fall, and this is a new one. Thank you God for new seasons.

Today’s suggestion for A Better Way to Live is a good one. It breaks my heart to see people looking behind them. Our Creator put our eyes in front for a reason!

Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit, your turn will come.

prayThis is a highly motivational piece of advice. It would be easy for me to give you a big rah-rah speech on brushing yourself off and trying again. Life is not easy, but there is one thing I know. God has a plan for me. That is all I need to know. He has a plan and it is for my good.

Yes, I can make wrong choices, but even then He promises to turn them around for good. Sometimes choices place me in painful situations, but that is where growth happens. When I’m in pain, worry and fear, God is there watching and waiting to see my next move. This is where I’ve learned to hit my knees, or stand before Him and seek HIS plan, not mine. You might recall, my best laid plans got me a 16 year sobriety medallion in AA.

definesusMaybe you’ve heard the song Kelly Clarkson released years ago, “Stronger.” It’s a harsh statement for my vocabulary index, but it makes sense. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” My outside circumstances had left me dying on the inside. When we start cleaning up the mess on the inside, our outside starts looking better.

A lot of people think what they have material wise, or on the outside, will bring them ultimate joy. Guess what? Wrong. C.S. Lewis says, “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” We never physically ‘lose’ ourselves. I’ve been emotionally lost, but my body was still with me. Our spirit dwells inside our body, so everything we truly need cannot be lost. Unless you don’t take care of yourself, and that’s another blog!

I encourage you today to shake off what life is throwing at you and begin again! Every moment is new, and we only have the exact moment that’s in front of us. The past is gone, and the future is not here yet. The choices we make right now, are what paves the path to the life we want to achieve. Make it beautiful.