Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.If God can make streams in the wasteland, He can revive our weary souls. He can also rejuvenate our minds, dust off the cobwebs, and inspire our hearts to seek more. If and when we want change badly enough, and ask God for it, He'll open doors and windows everywhere. It may just be a podcast we stumble upon that fills our soul while folding all that laundry. It may be a quick Google search that leads us to a local moms group that brings new friends who support us in this crazy journey. It may be an old journal we randomly come across that reminds us of who we used to be, and inspires us to try and find her again. There are no limits -- except the ones we create in our minds. Like I tell my children, there isn't anything we can't do if we just believe, and lean on God. God does want to do new things in us moms, too, this school year. Just like we'd hate to see our kids pass up a fantastic opportunity that lands in their lap, we shouldn't pass up the wonderful opportunity that God places on our heart. If you're like me, and you have no idea what that opportunity might be, we need to routinely find quiet time to plug in to Him and listen. We also need to stay firm in our hope -- and get excited about the endless potential that still remains in us when we turn our future over to Him.
Copyright 2019 Claire McGarry
About the Author
Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. and Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the fall of 2021. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, Catechist magazine, These Days devotional, and Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.