By Sarah Weintraub

​In a world focused on external beauty & wealth, the perfect family with 2.5 children and .5 pet, we can lose ourselves in our performance for others and exhaustion sets in from putting on a show rather than just being us.  I find myself so exhausted I can’t even enjoy reading a good book or watching a move.  Exhaustion to the point I simply cannot go on this way anymore.  Something has to change. This year, I have decided to recreate me based on God’s story for me.

I need to find me, the me God created, and not the me the world created.

“Don’t be afraid to change.  You may lose something good but you may gain something even better.” (Daystar)

Change is scary though.  I’ve been doing this show for a very long time.  It’s going to take time to recreate the scenes and establish a new story line, a better story based on who God says I am not who the world says I should be.  It’s time to live the story He has written just for me. 

2016 is my year.

 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18)
While the past has shaped who I am now, I can’t allow it to continue to define me.  I have to forget the past and everything that has happened and not think about it anymore.  I have to let it go (sing it Frozen style for more dramatic impact) and move forward.  How I handled things in the past can’t be how I handle things in the future.  Change – it’s what I’m all about this year.

 “See, I am doing a new thing!  It springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19

God is doing a new thing in me!  I can see it springing up in the opportunities presenting themselves for this year, the open doors that were closed in the past, His story for me is being rewritten to travel through the wilderness of past stepmomhood struggles and to find the streams of life in the stepmom wastelands.

The garden will be beautiful again, not so full of weeds that nothing blooms!

He will turn my ashes into beauty again!

For 2016, my word focus is REDEFINE.  It means to reexamine or reevaluate especially with a view to change. I have to transform who I am, my story is on repeat and it’s time for a new one, a better one, the one I was created to act out. 

I will trust God to walk me through the scenes; trust Him to redraw the map through the wilderness and rely on Him to shepherd me to the streams in the wastelands.

For now, I am content to know that I will have help to redefine me. 

If you’re story is on repeat, same thing, different year, I challenge you to redefine it, to boldly make that change. 

“See I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19a)





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