A clean slate, having a fresh start!

This article was posted on Facebook today by a friend. People say, “ I wish I could live my life over, to have a fresh start.” That is what God promises us when we give our life to him. We are spiritually born again. God wipes the slate clean, never to be remembered again.

Sometimes I don’t think we realize the importance of getting that fresh start – without baggage and expectations and past stumbles – placed on us and our kids and others.

Because it is so easy to judge.

It is so easy to think that others are going to do the same thing again. Or to get frustrated. Or to set the bar low.

It is so easy to do that to ourselves as well. To remember the mess ups or hard days and challenging moments and to forget to give ourself a clean slate.

Not just in the morning.

But now.

Right now.

Because I know there are so many of you who might feel stuck in old stories and are looking for that breath of hope and newness. Or maybe you’re still thinking about yesterday and are carrying it today.

So wipe it clean.

Erase those negative thoughts and worries and fears and allow yourself the grace and freedom to try again.

Try again.

Believe in you.

Give yourself the grace you’d give others.

Because I believe those words from my favorite quote – fall seven times, stand up eight. Instead of looking at the falls and negatives – look at it as trying, showing up, living.

The quote doesn’t end on falling – it’s ends with more times standing. And it’s courage to stand again, to try again, to give yourself a fresh start.

Keep standing, my friend.

And bless those around you with that clean slate too.

1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.”
‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭3‬:‭19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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