At the beginning of last year I discovered this brand new world of planner people. It is exactly what you think it is, if you are thinking it sounds like people who are serious about their calendars and planning. These are people who still enjoy the art of writing things down versus entering it into an electronic calendar. People who decorate their planners, have 3-4 planners that they are using at all times and social media groups/accounts dedicated to this subject. As one who still takes handwritten notes in her grad school classes, at church and in every other meeting the fact that people took time to decorate their planners really called out to me. I know that may sound weird but for this introvert it was the perfect creative outlet that I could enjoy in the safety of my own home yet still engage in with others via social media.
One person that I have been buying planning stickers from calls herself “The Reset Girl” because she has been in a reset mode in her life. At the bottom of her sticker pages she includes this sticker phrase, “It’s never too late to reset your life!” I love this phrase. I would purchase a whole page of stickers with just this phrase on it as it is such an encouraging reminder for the believer. Through Christ, we are the recipients of His new mercies every morning. We get to start each day with a clean slate and even if we mess up in the middle of the day as soon as we repent that slate is wiped clean.
Another phrase that goes along with this theme is the one behind the name of my dad’s TV ministry “A Fresh Start”. When the Lord led my dad to revive Back to the Basics Ministries in 2009 he started with a local TV ministry program called “A Fresh Start” because at some time we all need a fresh start. Let me just say that my dad’s TV ministry is not a call-in prayer healing, prosperity gospel preaching, plant a seed for a blessing type of a program. He simply shares the Word of God straight from his heart. If it blesses you, great. If it offends you, great. He preaches the truth and the songs sung on the program proclaim the truth as well.
Anyway, with those themes of a reset and fresh start rolling around in my mind along with
my verse (John 10:10) and phrase (New Life) for 2016 … I decided it was time for a new home for my blog. I wanted something that could better streamline my social media accounts and perhaps be a bit more user friendly. I also desired something that I didn’t feel like I needed to decorate. Ha. This coming from the girl who decorates her planner! It may seem like an oxymoron to say that decorating my planner has helped me simplify my life but it has. This creative outlet has shown me where I spend the majority of my time and whether or not it is productive. So I have found myself craving less time with screens and more time with pages and pens. It is for this reason that I am taking a prolonged break from Facebook, putting my phone down at night and streamlining my blog.
We all need a fresh start in our lives and it’s never too late to press the reset button in our souls but we are not promised tomorrow so I want to take full advantage of the gift of today. I want to be fully present in the present. Presence is an art, a gift and a joy to experience. Today, I am going to relish in His presence and return it by being fully present in my praise no matter what I face. This is how I will be joyful on today’s journey.
I love you all.
– Melody Faith