Day 5: Living Fully & Free [Time to move in!]
Read Day 1 of Restart here: Be sure to do the days in proper order
Today is the day! We're moving into our new house! We're so proud of the work you've done over the last week, and today is truly a celebration. We're not perfect by any means, but today God has truly given us a restart and a new home and a fresh perspective on life. Be proud of the work you've done this week, and know that this is only the beginning. Welcome home!
Verse: Philippians 3:12-14
"I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward the day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead."
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures”
"I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” - (5 Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware)
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” - (Henry Ford)
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill
“I am convinced that we can choose joy. Every moment we can decide to respond to an event or a person with joy instead of sadness. When we truly believe that God is life and only life, then nothing need have the power to draw us into the sad realm of death. To choose joy does not mean to choose happy feelings or an artificial atmosphere of hilarity. But it does mean the determination to let whatever it takes place brings us one step closer to the God of life. (The Road to Daybreak by Henri J.W. Nouwen).
"Cleaning out and renovating our internal world requires an ongoing, focused commitment on our part. If I’ve made it sound as if throwing off these things was a one-time shot that, once accomplished, was never required again, let me correct that. We must learn and continually relearn to focus on Christ in us at work. If we want to be unstoppable in our race, we need to constantly challenge ourselves to clean out the internal world of our heart and mind so that we have more room to contain more of the power of God within us" (Christine Caine)
No Longer Slaves - Jonathon David & Melissa Helser
Paul tells us in Galatians 5: 1 "So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free". My hope is that you feel free from things that used to hold you back. I pray God has covered the lies with the Truth of His Word. What can you do to make sure you don't go back to your old way of thinking?
You are a new creation! You are wildly loved, and you are now ready to go out into the world and love others wildly. You are free (who the son sets free is free indeed), and so make a promise to yourself that you're not going to go back to the lies and the fear and confusion and familiarity of your old house. God has made you this new house, and in this new house fear does not have the final say. Today, recommit yourself to Christ. Recommit yourself to love. Write down on a piece of paper the three things that most impacted you from this 5 Day Restart. Hang up that paper on your wall somewhere that you'll be able to see it, and know that if you refuse to go back, the only direction to move is forward. Thank you Jesus for new beginnings!!