new beginnings

Over the last few years, I have suppressed the thought of living in a new home, with new furniture, and have felt completely out league to utter the statement, ?My house needs a total makeover!?

Can anyone relate to this? This feeling that your current condition or problem – whether it be health, financial, marital, etc., is not moving forward and there is no end in sight.

The Bible, however, teaches different and this can be seen visually if you live in a place where you can experience the different seasons.

Picture the scene – on a winter?s day, you bravely go past the big departmental stores with your eyes practically closed to avoid seeing the display of your dream bedroom with the beautiful bedding, bed, dressing table, but still you manage to see it, and yet again, you suppress the desire of owning all of those items, with the subtle self assurance that what you currently possess is fine, and so you carry on into the gloom of the cold.

However, only a few months on, spring shoots, different colours begin to emerge everywhere, the sun begins to shine, daffodils, tulips are everywhere, and that urge – to clean up, recycle, redecorate, refurnish – returns. For me, especially in recent years, this urge has become a challenge that has had to be managed well.

Nevertheless, the wise King Solomon tells us that there is a time for everything. Could it be that the time is now…and that the season is also changing for you and me? Are new beginnings indeed possible?

If so, is it OK for me to ask God for a bit of luxury, a bit of a shopping spree? I believe so. The woman described in Proverbs 31 was in possession of fine things, but most importantly, she had the one thing that we also must endeavour to possess.

James points it out nicely, ?If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.? (James 1:5-7)

Dear sisters, let us pray for new beginnings this Spring. Whether it be good health, healthy eating/shopping, a desired home, job, school/college/university place, the list goes on and on but first, ask for wisdom, then BELIEVE and do not DOUBT.