I don’t want to go into 2017 with the same negative thought patterns I’ve struggled with in years past.
Colossians chapter 3 talks about taking off the old self and putting on the new self.
“In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away … you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”
God is already working on this in my life! Through the Holy Spirit’s prompting, I see what’s holding me back from freedom in Him. So I’m preaching the gospel of grace and renewal to myself and replacing
- Unforgiveness with Peace
- Anger with Patience
- Jealousy with Lovingkindness
- Worry with Faith
- Discontentment with Joy
I hear from other moms every day who struggle with these as well. They are hanging on to a wound from the past. They react with loud, strong words instead of love. They log in to Facebook and see the perfect lives others are portraying and wonder why they don’t have what everyone else seems to have. They worry what will happen to their children with disabilities after they are gone. And they walk through each day noticing everything that’s wrong instead of anything that’s right.
I did a five-day email course at the end of 2016 to prepare our hearts for 2017. The course is closed, but …