Perhaps getting rid of internal clutter while clearing away the holiday decorations is a good idea. Time to take out the trash, so to speak. By this I mean get rid of bad feelings, negativity, in other words, all the remaining residue of the times you had to “Shake It Off” this year. Here are a few thoughts on how best to move forward to accomplish your goals with an open heart.
1. Let your light shine
Remembrance of past hurts and stress often resurface during holidays, especially New Year, because the holiday itself begs for newness. You can’t begin anew if you are harboring old hurts. Let go. Consciously release the feelings and open your heart to receive good things. Be yourself and let others love you, or not, just as you are.
Prayer: Jesus, please help me fully forgive any past hurts that take away my ability to love self and neighbor as You would have me do. Abba, please help me begin anew as the child you created me to be, loving and open to receive your abundant life.
2. Don’t let hurt take Truth
I don’t know if you’ve experienced this or not, but, the events we face every day can take away our peace–and our closeness to Jesus. That must be why Satan attacks hardest when we are becoming closer to our true identity as His children. Ask for forgiveness and make a firm resolution to not allow a moment of hurt or stress (for any reason) take away the Lord’s peace.
Prayer: Abba, may your peace remain with me and my family and those who treat us with love and respect in truth. In moments of stress please be close by our sides to see us through the moment without losing Your peace within our hearts, minds and souls.
3. Live with integrity
Prayer: Jesus please help me live with personal accountability for my actions towards others. Let me be a voice of love, faith and hope. Please help me not to purposefully harm another with words or deeds and protect me and my family from those who would harm us. Amen.
Folks live the Truth you espouse and, please, don’t take that ability from another. Be accountable for your actions and words. I lit a candle today, the first of many this year, for just that. Justice.