Turn the Page

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It’s been said that January 1st is the first blank page of a brand new 365-page book.

Welcome to page 5. How is it going so far for you?

I must confess that I am still lingering on the finer details on page 326 of my 2016 publication.

I feel like I am a little behind on my editorial deadlines. I am not done with 2016 yet, and I’ve received a new assignment.

I keep looking back and trying to apply white out to certain lines that I’d like to revise. I wish I could elaborate a bit more here and there.

Is it just me, or does 2016 need a little bit more work?

Sigh.

Today, I decided to set down my red pen and highlighter. I surrendered to the inevitable. I cannot continue to re-work 2016.  It’s a closed chapter.

Time to turn the page.

I am already on page 5 of 2017, and precious moments are slipping by. If I keep trying to fix 2016 (or 2015 or 1999), I am never going to write a bestseller today.

I can’t revise what has passed. I must put all my creative energy into writing a beautiful story today.

How to Turn the Page:

  • Reflect with wisdom: Take time to consider how well you fleshed out the character of Christ last year. Even if 2016 was a bit of a horror story, did you learn more about who Jesus is? Are you growing in wisdom? That’s progress, my friend.
    • Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown (Proverbs 4:6-9, NIV).
  • Respond with grace: Don’t beat yourself up over the unfinished narratives or muddled plot lines. You can lament the tragedy, but you shouldn’t turn your focus backward permanently. Remember your story is not finished yet. Greater things are yet to come, and God loves to re-write epitaphs into glorious epics.
    • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose…What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:28 & 31). 
  • Reconstruct with purpose: Adopt a new perspective. Freshen up what is tired and not working in your portfolio. Allow yourself to dream big again. Put on your creative lenses and write with new passion. Envision your happy ending and dip into a new inkwell.
    • Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).

Today is a fresh page.  Make your life a story worth telling. 

 

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37 Responses to Turn the Page

  1. Elizabeth Stewart January 5, 2017 at 1:37 am #

    This post was exactly what I needed to read tonight and similar to the topic I linked up!

  2. Ifeoma Samuel January 5, 2017 at 1:38 am #

    Amen! Turning the next page so I could write a bestseller. Gal, I am dreaming big😂😂
    Hope your holidays went well?

    Happy New Year. Praying for you that the Lord give you more grace filled words and uplifting words.
    Thanks for the linkup Today Lyli.
    Blessings to you

  3. Betsy de Cruz January 5, 2017 at 5:49 am #

    This is encouraging. I always feel a bit behind when I start a new year. I guess letting go of the past is important. 🙂 You go, Lyli! I hope and pray you’ll have a fruitful, blessed 2017.

  4. Horace Williams Jr. January 5, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    Amen Lyli! Such words of encouragement you share here! I am still on page 350 of 2016. I have feeling of anxiousness with all the talk of the New Year. I refuse to get lost in feelings of running behind. I will fill out my to-do list, and start catching up today. I will let God take care of everything else. Hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for the opportunity to share. Blessings to you and yours in 2017!

    • Lyli @3-D Lessons for Life January 5, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

      Let’s take it one day at a time. I think bite sized pieces will be easier than tackling the whole elephant at this point. 🙂

  5. Michele Morin January 5, 2017 at 7:32 am #

    Book nerd for sure, but I do love that page turning metaphor!
    Thanks for reminding us that it’s a new year with a fresh start — and for the believer, God’s grace and mercy are new every morning!

  6. Brenda January 5, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    Happy New Year, Lyli. I love reading all your instagram posts. I’m new to instagram, and have enjoyed connecting with you there. 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind that I’m sharing my new linkup here. 🙂 If so, please forgive and delete! 🙂 Thank you for always being so faithful in Thoughtful Thursday, I’ve learned a lot from you, and hope I’m able to encourage as well as you have.

    Hope all the pages of your new year are blessed and everything you hope them to be.
    Happy new year, friend. <3

  7. Joanne Viola January 5, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    This was such a wonderful post to start off the new year with. I love that all three words start with “R” 🙂 making it easy for us to apply to our lives. Much wisdom to be found in each step. May you and Bruce have a most blessed 2017! xo

  8. michelle January 5, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    Amen friend!

  9. Megs January 5, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    So important to leave the previous pages behind while we write fresh text on the new.
    Happy Thursday!
    Megs

  10. Dawn January 5, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    Happy New Year Lyli!! A new year and a new chance to link up again, with you. I needed a break from link ups and from busy, but I missed my friends words so much. And I get exactly what you are saying here… I so get it. 2017 really did feel like it came much too early, and 2016 had some amazing beautiful moments but so many hard moments. My word for last year was release and I learned a lot, the hard way. Release is not my first tendency. This year, I am looking at it differently and as I look back I can see why I had to learn how to release in order to step into the next phase He has. God always has something for us to push into, even if we are 5 days into our new year and still not yet ready to step forward. 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    • Lyli @3-D Lessons for Life January 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

      Dawn, good for you. I hope you enjoyed your break It’s important to slow down and get re-fueled when we need it. Hope 2017 brings you great favor at His feet! Hugs

  11. Lisa notes January 5, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    This is a great analogy, Lyli. I laughed at your lingering on the details of page 326. I’m sure we all could say that about some of our pages. But yes, we can’t rework it, as much as we’d like to! Page 5 of 2017 is coming and going quickly; I want to be present for it! Thanks for this great post.

    • Lyli @3-D Lessons for Life January 5, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

      I tend to over edit. It doesn’t serve me well in moving forward sometimes… not in writing or in life.

  12. Jody Collins January 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    “Reflect, respond, reconstruct.” Oh, I like that, Lyli. Well done.

  13. Sherry January 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    I love that your points are backed up with scripture. Great verses for the new year!

  14. Kathryn Ross January 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi Lyli!
    Blessings of the new year to you! I was struck with your phrase about “turning the page”–a phrase the two “vintage voices” I’m featuring in my podcast this month used in their ruminating on a new year from over a hundred years ago, over a cup of tea. I am struck that with so many changes year in and year out–the Christian woman’s heart remains the same no matter what year it is–we are one in Christ.
    Joy!
    Kathy

  15. Gayl Wright January 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    Lyli, thanks for such an encouraging post. It’s time to stop worrying about all the wrong things of 2016 and start turning the pages for 2017, filling them anew. Many blessings to you, dear Lyli! xo

  16. June January 6, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    Great insights, Lyli! I’ve been struggling to look back with wisdom, yet forge ahead with confidence. Your post helps set me on the right track! Blessings to you, my friend!

  17. Mary Flaherty January 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    Lyli, I love this! The reason is because I adore books, especially new ones. And library books…sorry, squirrel! Anyway, I love when I crack open a new book. It’s so exciting, and I can’t wait to meet all the characters and see what’s in store. Your post makes me think of a new year in that way. Sometimes the not knowing is the best part. Otherwise, how else would we be surprised? How else would we be awed by God? How else could we get up in the morning? If we knew how the book, chapter or even page ended, it would be boring! And sometimes, the page needs to be turned, but we’re just too tired, so we put it down to be picked up the next day. That’s what some days feel like. I just love this imagery! Thanks for another thought-provoking Thursday (well, Friday).

  18. Ivanna | Provocative Joy January 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    This analogy of a chapter in a book always gets me! It makes so much sense that I can’t make Page 10 awesome if I’m focused on last year’s book! Thank you for writing!

  19. Linda Stoll January 11, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    Dear Lyli … I like your emphasis on taking a bit more time to dwell on what’s past. Too often we’re in a great big rush to hustle ’round the corner before fully taking in the final lessons and invitations that God has for us before we close the book.

    What might we have missed because we were in such a hurry to run into 2017?

    Appreciated this post … alot!

  20. Pamela Kuhn January 14, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    I’ve been a little lax in turning the page. This week I’ve prayed and meditated on where God is focusing on and leading me in 2017. I love the word reconstruct.I’ll be cozied up in my chair, dreaming big!

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