Short devotion on new beginnings

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Daily Devotional Series

The One True God – His Characteristics and Names

The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, is a daily devotional consisting of 33 days on getting to know and love the One true God by studying His Characteristics and Names. The devotional covers 24 characteristics and 12 names of God, and a few others with less detail; it uses many Bible passages to substantiate the informative and interesting commentary, and it uses a number of amusing and meaningful illustrations.

Because of God, we have the Healing Gift of Forgiveness

In this 11 day Daily Devotional Series on forgiveness, I will answer questions such as: What is the most undeserved forgiveness? Why and how to forgive as a Christian? How forgiving is misunderstood? How important is forgiveness to our well-being and health? Why is not forgiving a sin? Studying forgiveness from God’s standpoint and applying it to our lives will make us more like Christ, and believe it or not, much happier people.

Individual Short Devotionals

The One True God is more Wonderful than our Human Reasoning could Invent

In this short devotion, the One True God is described and you are encouraged to get to know, love and worship the Christian God, Who is like no other.

Are you a mature Christian or staying a baby Christian?

In this short devotion, taken from The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, you are challenged to stop being a baby Christian and to let the Holy Spirit lead you to become a mature Christian.

There is life after this earthly existence …even fishing!

In this short devotion, from personal experience in my childhood – Jesus’ thousand year reign on this earth is explained using Ezekiel 47 as the basis – to give us complete hope of life after death for all who have believed in Jesus.

God’s sovereignty and the beginning of mankind’s free will

In this short devotion, taken from the devotional series on God’s characteristics – some insights are shared about God’s sovereignty and mankind’s free will.

Prayer the gift of love

This devotion talks about giving someone you love, the gift of prayer. Valentine’s Day is talked about in the framework of love. It discusses one of God’s favorite gifts (prayer) and then explains how to give it.

God and our inconveniences (Isaiah 40:31)

In this short devotion, from my personal struggles – the difficulties of trusting in God when inconveniences hit are shared and a lesson learned is talked about. Isaiah 40:31.

The Christmas Gift and the cat… (James 1:17)

In this short Christmas devotion, from my personal grief, God being the good and perfect gift giver is discussed as well as His Christmas Gift to all of us is talked about.

The desert hike and God’s path. Proverbs 3:5-6

In this short devotion, from my hike through the desert – you are challenged to make sure you are trusting in God to guide you through life, so your life will be eternally fruitful for Him and not full of thorny sins. Proverbs 3:5-6

Do you eat God’s word daily?

In this short devotion, from my daily eating of God’s Word – you are challenged to read, study, and memorize God’s words daily like you would eat your daily food.

The quarterback trial and a miracle?

In this short devotion, from a quarterback’s trial – the difficulties of life are seen through God’s perspective – from the loss of a broken wrist to leading your team to a first ever victory.

Call to God when the trials of life hit

In this short devotion, from life’s trials – you are encouraged to make sure you are praying, seeking and calling out to God so you will be able to rejoice in your trials.

Are you a good fig or a bad fig (Jeremiah 24)?

In this short devotion, from Jeremiah 24 – you are encouraged to make sure you are listening to God instead of listening to whoever or whatever is to your liking.

Do you like your ears itched with God’s word?

In this short devotion from 2 Timothy 4:2-4 – you are challenged to want God’s truth instead of having you ears itched with teaching that fits your own desires.

Jesus Christ reveals God to us!

In this short devotion, from my personal love of creation, you are taught that Jesus Christ reveals God and challenged to learn about the One who loves us so much – Jesus!

God is our Father who will never forget us!

In this short devotion, with personal illustrations about Isaiah 49:15, you are taught God your Father will not forget you.

Is life the way you long for it to be?

In this short devotion, from my longings of a perfect existence – you are encouraged to make sure you are living with the thought of eternity being your permanent home which should lead you to want to please God.

Mothers and what normal is

In this short devotion, from my personal struggles as a Mom – the difficulties as well as the joys and rewards of being a mother are shared in a humorous way. Can be used for Mothers Day or a baby shower.

Are you intimately valued and cared for by God, or just a part of His flock?

In this short devotion, through the suffering of a baby sparrow – you are encouraged by the fact God values and cares for you infinitely more than He does for any of His creation.

Can we really ever escape the chaos of this world?

In this short devotion, from my personal daydreams – you are hopefully heartened by the knowledge that someday as a Christian you will be taken away – to be in heaven with Jesus.

Is there anything good about this financial mess?

In this short devotion, from our financial struggles – you are encouraged by the knowledge God works all things together for your good.

Do you ever feel God has forgotten you? (Psalm 13)

In this short devotion, taken from King David’s example and my personal struggles – you are encouraged to be real and honest in your relationship with God, and to trust in Him because of His love.

Do you feel alone in a crowd?

In this short devotion, from the trials of relationship ups and downs – you are encouraged by the fact that Jesus is never too busy for you and you are never alone because Jesus is always there.

The unopened gift from God

In this short devotion, using an example from this previous Christmas – you are challenged to open God’s greatest gift, or if you already have, then to treat Him as God’s most precious gift to you.

The Virgin Mary waited for Baby Jesus. Did you realize Jesus waits for you?

In this short Christmas devotion, from our families personal experience of waiting for our new grandson – you will be enlightened regarding Mary’s thoughts and feelings as she waits for Baby Jesus, and even more importantly how God has waited for you to be His.

Thanksgiving, the cat and the rattlesnake!

In this short devotion, from a very dangerous personal situation – you are encouraged to have an attitude of thanksgiving towards God for what He has done for you.

Change we can believe in!

In this short devotion, from my perspective on America’s presidential election – you are challenged to believe or trust in God and His change for you and your country.

Souls and spirits? And what should make you afraid!

In this short devotion, from the perspective of life after death – what the soul and spirit are is defined from what should really make you afraid, this scary time of year.

Are you relying on the Holy Spirit or not?

In this short devotion, taken from God Loves You and Me – you are challenged to rely on the Holy Spirit to control you and not yourself.

Delight in God’s word – Psalm One

In this short devotion, from my tizzy about my dead flowers – you are challenged to make God’s Word your first delight, and shown how to do it.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death! Proverbs 14:12

In this short devotion, from a very personal experience – you are challenged to make sure you know the right way to eternal life, instead of eternal punishment after your death.

Psychological distress and our sin.

In this short devotion, from my hurts – psychological distress is explained from the perspective of sin and applied to our lives.

Sin gives the Devil an opportunity.

In this short devotion, from a rattlesnake illustration – you are challenged not to fool around with sin, because as Christians, we open up an opportunity in our lives, for the Devil to control us again.

Are your thoughts Biblical on vacation or whenever?

In this short devotion, from my vacation trials – you are encouraged to make sure you are thinking and then doing what God wants instead of what you think He wants.

Do you love God enough?

In this short devotion, from my personal struggles – the difficulties to loving God is explained and applied to life.

Do you love God? Then Pray!

In this short devotion, from my own prayer life, you are challenged to love God by talking to Him.

Animals will be set free from death.

In this short devotion, from a personal experience – Jesus’ death is explained as the future means by which animals will not have to experience the death we human set in motion by our sin.

Are you motivated by God or the world?

In this short devotion, from a personal encounter – you are challenged with whether you are serving God out of love for Him or the world.

Rejoice! Since Jesus rose from the dead, you can too!

In this short devotion, from my personal grief – the afterlife and the resurrection are covered from a Christian’s perspective.

Warning! Don’t Worship the Beast (Anti-christ) of the Book of Revelation or Take His 666 Mark!

In this short devotion from the book of Revelation – you are challenged not to worship the Beast in Revelation (Anti-christ) or take his 666 Mark.

The Christmas Child, the Holy Spirit, and the heater

In this short Christmas devotion, from a personal experience, you are challenged with whether or not you are letting the Holy Spirit empower you.

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short devotion on new beginnings

“Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is the new year. Here is wishing you a magical and wonderful 2016!

Here is wishing that you make it your best year yet!

short devotion on new beginnings

While you do not need to wait till the new year for new beginnings, this is a good time to begin afresh on that project or interest.

Perhaps you want better health or better finances. Whatever your thing is, new beginnings are always exciting times.

And nothing like the whole planet rebooting itself at the turn of a new year, making resolutions and positive changes. Talk about social proof!

Many people make positive changes during this time and hope to make permanent and impactful changes in their lives.

Here at LYG, we are all for positive and impactful changes that launch your genius in the world.

Rest assured that we will do our best to be facilitators of positive change and inspiration in 2016.

Here are some ideas and great quotes on new beginnings!

1. The Power And Excitement Of Expectation And New Beginnings

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”― Rainer Maria Rilke

As you welcome the new year, become aware that every day and every moment is filled with opportunity.

You can choose to get excited and enthusiastic about things that have never been and move ahead.

While many of you might feel jaded with your lives, the past is now gone. Old moments will never repeat themselves exactly the same way as in the past.

You may still have old habits and structures but you have a choice to move forward in new ways.

So are you seeking to make a new ending by creating exciting new beginnings?

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

“Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.”- Marsha Petrie Sue

2. Do it Now

“You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.” -Barbara Sher

Any new beginning is contingent on the simple fact that you begin and you keep working at it. In the past, I have waited for the perfect time and the best situation. You guessed it! The perfect time never came.

Forget perfect, forget the best conditions, and simply begin.

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” -Alan Cohen 

3. New Chapters And New Books

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” ― C. JoyBell C.

Many people begin the new year and the new day with the heaviness of the burden of their past.

While we cannot jettison our pasts and there is no real need to do that, we benefit by beginning anew.

You can craft a new book in your life and you can be the creator of wonderful new adventures.

Make this day and this year count. Become what you have always wanted to be. Launch that book and practice that musical instrument or go to that traveling adventure.

Let it go and let it begin.

“Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations.” – Catherine Pulsifer

4. Beyond Success and Failure: The Joy Of True Learning And Unbridled Creativity

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” – Steve Jobs

Have you been burdened by the relentless pursuit of success or the fear of failure?

Have you spent a lot of time worrying about how to succeed and how to make an impression on others?

Well this new year, drop the weight of doing things to become successful.

Let go of the fear of expecting failure and setbacks.

Instead, allow yourself to experience the lightness and the power of letting go of excess expectations.

Realize the joy and anticipation of being a relentless learner. Make curiosity and enthusiasm your new motto.

5. Giving Yourself The Gift Of Happiness

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”- Lucille Ball

Most of us want to be happy. But often happiness is fleeting because we may have forgotten what makes us happy.

We may have replaced it with what we think makes us happy.

This new year, take the time to make a short list of things that make you happy.

Some of these items can make you happy in the short run and some may be more long term.

Some can be simple pleasures that money cannot buy. While others might be material pleasures.

Whatever it is, the first step is to become aware of what makes you happy. And then, follow that path.

6. Small Beginnings

“Start wherever you are and start small.” -Rita Baily

The only antidote to perfectionism and doubt is to begin right away.  

Continue working for short periods of time on what you want to accomplish.

For example, often I have grand plans for writing. I have the best intentions to write a lot but it never materializes. Perfect times and perfect moments are overrated.

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all that I can permit myself to contemplate.” -John Steinbeck

Now I am content in 2016 to catch a few minutes of good and enthusiastic clicking at the keyboard. And I would like to make that into a habit. 🙂

So, what are you waiting for? Begin on your work today.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ― T.S. Eliot

7. The Wisdom Of Letting Go

“Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.”  -Sarah Ban Breathnach

My hope for you this year is that you:

  • Let go of struggle.
  • Decrease the worry.
  • Reduce the tension.
  • Disallow the toxic thoughts.
  • Release the ANTS (automatic negative thoughts).
  • Get off the rat race.
  • Stop the hedonic treadmill. 

Instead:

  • Laugh more.
  • Love more.
  • Embrace the joy of the moment.
  • Live in the moment and accept more.
  • Complain less and solve more.
  • Judge less and understand more.

“The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment.” – Swami Kripalu 

8. The Dynamics Of A New Beginning: The Best Productivity Advice

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.” -Mark Twain

One of the main reasons that I get overwhelmed is that my goals and tasks appear intimidating when looked at as a whole.

When you begin dividing up the complex task into smaller manageable parts, it is possible to move forward.

Many people look and wait for the perfect productivity system. In reality, the answer is very simple.

The answer lies in making things manageable and SIMPLE.

SIMPLE is:

S for small

I for interesting

M for manageable

P for parts

L for like or love

E for easy 

Break up the complex into easy interesting chunks that you like to accomplish. If you hate doing something, it is best to delegate it to others who like it better.

9. How To Transcend Disappointment And Setbacks

“Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know.”― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Make uncertainty your best friend this new season. While it is difficult to come to terms with failure and setbacks, learn quickly from them.

Instead of taking things personally, realize that failures are just events trying to tell you something new.

When you change your perspective on disappointments, you can move forward in new ways.

10. The Power Of Belief

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” -Saint Francis of Assisi

You have to have the faith and confidence that you can do things.

While many people wait for hard evidence of their worth, they realize that it is difficult to find.  

Self-belief, faith and confidence are powerful and underplayed but overtalked attributes. This idea of belief has become so clichéd that we do not even understand what it means anymore.

In my view, the belief of confidence is that deep feeling in the gut that you can achieve more and dare more.

It is the visceral feeling and implicit understanding that you deserve greatness. And you are willing to go the way because the other options simply fall short.

It is the same feeling that Luke Skywalker has in the movie Star Wars that his life is destined to be more.

While he has doubts in his mind, there is a “force” that he can feel that always reminds him of his own possibilities and more.

Often, we lose sight and feeling of our own confidence and we lose belief in the self.

Choose to rediscover and rekindle an uncompromising self-confidence and self belief.

Then with that visceral feeling of confidence, move forward.

It is not that you will not have doubts but the important thing is to have levels of self confidence and belief that transcend your doubts.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

11. Be Willing To Change And to Improvise

“There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.”― John Steinbeck

Change is inevitable. In this time of transformation, embrace change instead of running away from it.

Make improvisation and readjusting your sails a norm and not something that you do in crisis only.

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

“Perhaps that is where our choice lies — in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.”― Elana K. Arnold

12. On Perseverance

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting.” -Buddha

Perhaps this is the single most important idea as we begin the new year. No matter what, go all the way in your pursuits.

If you plan to walk to improve your health, do it and keep doing it.

Begin and keep going. We all know this but we all may also need to be reminded of this. Over and over again.

Keep going.

13. Acceptance Of Things We Cannot Change

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.” – Byron Katie

Accept the things that you cannot change. This is important so that you have the time and energy to move forward in the things that you want to move forward in.

Begin realigning your life as a participant and not as a victim. With this new view, you have the power to make positive changes.

14. Find And Play To Your Passions

“Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it.” –Anne De Lencios

Always keep the spark of enthusiasm and excitement close to your heart. If you feel disinterested and non-passionate, pay attention to it.

Bring in some excitement in your life. Live your life with passion. You deserve it and you are the only one who can give permission to live your life with a twinkle in your eye.

Go and seek the things and activities and people who bring out the best in you. Go for your passions and go for enthusiasm.

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” – Wayne Dyer

Now over to you. As always, sound off on social media or on the blog comments below. Your ideas and opinions are always welcome!

Have a wonderful and inspired 2016!

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” – J. B. Priestly

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