Starting over is a chance to finally get the things that need to be fine-tuned in your life together. Lifestyle changes are necessary and can be sustained longer with a different mindset and life balance. As we embark on a new year we must let go of the things that are currently keeping us stuck in circumstances God intended for us to overcome. This could be anything. Some things are relationships that we are a part of that take from us more than they give.
Other things can be the unwanted weight we won’t commit to getting under control. We know it’s been a while since we exercised and actually sought the necessary medical attention it would take to commit to the healthy lifestyle change. We may need to seek therapy to deal with years of trauma and stress so we don’t pile more on top of what we are already not dealing with.
Some of us may need to strengthen our relationship with God. Somewhere along the way, we may have felt like He allowed things to happen to us and we are angry about it.
We may need to commit to working on our finances and doing the hard work of committing to a budget for the next few years to get rid of unwanted debt. We may need to commit to being a better steward over what God gives us. He only requires using his guidance to manage what He has entrusted us with.
Whether it is some of these things or all of these create a plan and tackle them one at a time. This will include making a list and being specific with your list. If you are tackling a lot of weight loss. Make a doctor’s appointment, so you and your doctor can come up with a realistic plan that fits your needs.
Therapy sessions are a lot easier to get than ever before and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Write down a list for your therapist that you want to work on and you and your therapist commit to doing the work.
For finance issues, you may need to commit to making an appointment with an accountant and coming up with a plan to lower your debt. If you are a member of your local bank. You can request counsel free of charge at most of them.
Unraveling past trauma in therapy is one way to break down the shells and walls we often build around the pain. The other side of it is coping with the hurt, shame, guilt, and negative thoughts we face because of the trauma. Your therapist will need to unravel your story and use therapeutic support to help you build a healthy life despite your past.
Reconnecting with God is a journey. Sometimes we feel He left us but the truth is He is always there. We may need to seek godly counsel in our pastor or a seasoned person who will help to rebuild where we stopped feeling connected.
We will have to stop condemning ourselves that is not of God. We must begin to trust God and understand that whatever broke our trust God understands and God is a Father like no other. He understands and all He wants is for His children to know He is available and only a prayer away.
Start somewhere and commit to doing the work in one area or many areas. Failing is a part of the process of change because we build habits around the things, we need to change that has to be broken. Trust the process wherever you start. Celebrate small victories and when challenges come don’t give up.
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19).
God wants to do a new thing. Are you ready?