You woke up this morning to another fresh start. Yesterday is gone and today is here. Here for you to live. Here for you to try again. Here for you to be better than you were before.

Our God is the God of a million chances. Day after day he says, “let’s try this again.” Do you know that never once has he given up hope that you could do this. Never once has he surrendered his good plans for your life and said “nahhh, she’s too far gone for what I planned for her life.” No, he’s always had a way back. He’s always had your next chance lined up for you. Every day of your life has been the next opportunity to come back to who you were created to be.

You may have screwed up the old thing, but know this, God is doing a NEW THING! You may have gone backwards last year, but this year you are moving forward! The things that never worked for you before are about to start working for you now Sis. In this New Year, there are some new things unfolding.

Isaiah 43:19 “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 is doing a new thing, what is your role in this? TRY AGAIN. If he is making a way in the wilderness, you have to go back to the place where you got lost before and try again. If he is making streams in the wasteland, you have to go back to what dried up in the past and stopped working, and see God is bringing it back to life. He’s doing something you’ve never seen before. You’re not going to understand this, but girl you’ve got to try again to experience it!

There are very few things I got right my first time around. First I had to screw a few things up before I did it right. I dated a few wrong guys in middle school before I found the right guy. What if I would have given up on dating when the first one didn’t work out. What if I would have declared myself incapable of finding a good man because the first one I picked ended up being the bad boy I couldn’t save? I had to come back and try again to see God was doing something new. Where there had been no good guy for me before in the tiny school of Ava, Missouri, God did a new thing. He made a way in the wilderness and brought streams to the wasteland by moving a family 3 states over so that cutie 17 year old boy could be on my bus to the basketball game. Yeah, God was doing a new thing, and 31 years later let me tell you, that stream is still running!

So, you’ve screwed a few things up. Your track record has a tally of failed attempts. That’s a great position for an encounter with a God who loves second chances! You’re perfectly aligned in your own wilderness to see the way God has been making. You’re standing in the wasteland you never wanted, right by the stream you always wanted and you don’t even see it yet.

God is doing a new thing, and that new thing is happening where it could never happen before! TRY AGAIN!

You’re not the same gal you were last time you tried this. God’s been doing something within you and you’ve changed. You’re different now. He has used your failure, he has used your setback, he has used your delay and your frustration to work within you for something better than ever before. You’ve been refined in this. Yes, refined.

Refining comes through the heat. It is the process of melting away impurities and purifying what remains to be stronger. Refining is the process of taking what was previously unusable, and making it valuable.

Could that be why all of that happened in the past? Could this have been a refining process for you? Could God always have been a work in this to bring you to a place where you see your true value and come out stronger? Could this year be the year you are truly made new? Are you now ready to step into new things? Is it time for things to actually start working now?

Colossians 3:10 “Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

You are not who you used to be. You’re not the same person who tried and failed all those times before. You’ve been refined since then. You’ve been made new. Now it’s time to try again as this new you.

You are “being renewed in knowledge in the image of your Creator”. What exactly does that mean? Remember back in the very beginning when God created us it says in Genesis 1:27 “God created mankind in his own image.”

Now, we’re getting back to this image of our Creator. We’re being renewed in the knowledge of knowing who we were created to be! Oh my gosh, this is the greatest news ever. You are finally understanding who you were created to be and you get to show up for your life as this brand new person.

That’s what God has been doing here. This is the new thing he has been working on. It’s the new you who finally understands who you were created to be! The new you who understands God has always been at work to bring you to this place where you can now finally succeed.

So girl, try again. You’re not who you used to be. You’re so different from who you were last time you tried. You’ve been made new. You’re more like who you were designed to be, better understanding who God imagined when he made you.

This is your destiny. Every day of your life has brought you here. Here where you understand more of your design, and show up as the best version of that design to partner with God in the new things he is doing!

It’s a new year, and the same old you has been made new, so it’s time to try again and see for yourself what impossible things God has declared possible for you now!

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