A Fresh Start

What do you do when you make a mistake? Do you cover it up? Ignore it? Laugh it off?

What about when life just takes you in a direction you weren’t expecting? Wouldn’t it be great to just have a do-over? A mulligan? A fresh start?

A new year brings new hope – new enthusiasm – new starts … or maybe even an ending to something that needs to stop.

Last May, I posted I was taking a short pause for what I called “Spring Break” from writing Muddy Shoes. I didn’t write again until now. Seven months is a looonnngg Spring Break. How I wish I had spent these months basking on a Covid free, golden sandy beach. How great it would have been to enjoy life with a carefree attitude of most spring breakers.

But to be honest, the pause to writing about our journey just kind of got stuck. Life didn’t stop. Shoes still got muddy. And it has been quite full of … well, life. More on that stuff later.

I hope you will rejoin me on our journey in life. A journey that results in Muddy Shoes. I return to the original purpose as I claim this fresh start.

“… we should realize that in our journey in life, our shoes get muddied.  Life gets messy.  Not only our life, but the life of others too.  The mud gives insight to what we have gone through and where we have traveled.

So, it is the desire of this blog to share life principles that help us understand our walk in life and strengthen our relationships with others.  These principles will impact our home life, our business life, our leadership skills, our daily walk, and just might give us a clearer understanding of what we go through in life.”

So join me in this journey – maybe declare your own ‘fresh start’ – here is my declaration for 2022 – my prayer for this Fresh Start …

Loving Lord, I praise You and thank You that you are the God of making all things news giving fresh starts … Your move us from our past mistakes, our busy-ness that ignores You, our pride that keeps us from turning to You, our missing out on what You desire for us. Today, I declare my desire for You to work a fresh work in me, in Muddy Shoes, and in every reader that journeys with me.

It’s about You – not me. It’s about seeing the world through Your eyes. It’s about knowing life gets hard, shoes get muddy – but You are there every step. Let me throw off everything that hinders me from running the race You set before me. And I know my shoes will get muddy. But let me learn from that. Amen

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
—Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)





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