March is the third month of the year and was named after the Roman god of war, Mars. It was during this time that military campaigns would resume that had been interrupted by the cold as it was the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. March therefore represented new beginnings.
I don’t know about you but I went into February pretty hopeful that things would slowly change the tide in some situations but instead the last two weeks were off and stress-induced but it’s over and here we are staring at 31 new days that could offer so much more clarity, joy and peace.
I was reminded how everything comes to an end eventually and that includes these dark periods in one’s life and when it does how to embrace the new chapter we will embark on.
This post will be made up of three sources that helped realign my perspective and offer some hope, I will share the bits and pieces that stood out from them:
- The end of an Era by Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts (let me let you in on a secret she preached her heart out here!)
Pastor Roberts talks about how easy it can be to be blinded by the frustrations of ‘now’. You ask yourself :”How come now does not look like what God promised me it would?” Sometimes now just won’t let you go. She then offers us a tip on how to survive the ‘now’ and that is by trying to be obedient and praying for the ability to see what ‘now’ is trying to teach you. It’s easy to feel like when you are stuck in the ‘now’ you are losing out on life especially if you compare yourself to your counterparts but perhaps see it as a chance of learning. Surrendering yourself to the situation doesn’t mean you are rendered helpless, nope. We all have resources at our disposal and if we decided to take authority of those resources and put them to work during this period of ‘now’ we are ultimately preparing ourselves for God’s alignment to meet us. You basically staying ready instead of getting ready and lastly be patient because to end an era takes time. So, remember these three words; resources, authority and time.
- Get to the good part by Pastor Steven Furtick.
In sync with Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts, Pastor Steven reminds us through his sermon that the good part is still to come. Every process in a life has a dark part just like every human has a dark part but in order to overcome those parts, we need to push through them, not dwell in them. Sometimes we are too fixated on having a good life and we haven’t begun to get our minds, hearts and spirits in good posture. While God is waiting for us to get our minds right we are waiting for God to get our lives right a clear disconnect. We tend to see the good in things when the end of the process results in what we want but God calls it good when it meets his purpose. Remember this: God starts the good in the dark.
- Ep 77: Embracing new beginnings by Dr Thema
Let’s close off the circle, shall we? So, you have come to the end of your dark period and on the doorstep of your new beginning but how will you handle it? Are you ready to fully embrace it? Dr Thema’s shares a few points to help us:
-Take sacred pause and reflect on what was and the significance now.
-Heal the wounds of the prior season.
-What lessons will you carry with you into your new beginning?
-Get clear on your vision and cut out the outside noise.
-Walk in your truth.
-What do you want to generate with your life?
-Be aware of the agency you have in your life.
-What are the daily practices you can do to that will line up with your next life season?
-Give yourself grace, the new beginning won’t be perfect, and neither will you.
I hope this will help cause a shift in your mind and heart the same way it did for me.
I journal every evening just before saying my night prayers and I thought I would share part of what was on my mind on the first day of the month:
“It’s hard to feel like the worst is not going to pass and that you will remain in the dark forever. The duration of the dark wears down on the faith you have even if it’s as small as a mustard seed. You begin to doubt it and toy around with it, you begin to mock it because what is there to have faith in? The darkness is consuming. It takes every little thing that you could be grateful for and diminishes it into another thing where you’re like okay you’re here, I still have you but what is the point?
I want to be in the good, I want to feel the good I want to relish in it. The dark has tired my soul, but I am shifting my focus and trying to rise above it. I want to feel the good in everything and right now it’s felt stagnant and dark but in this new month, I humbly ask God to show in me the good work he has been preparing. I pray for a good shift to take place this month. March will add on to my refuel tank and be a reminder that it’s going to be good because it is so.”
I would love to hear how you are doing and holding up.