Just Peachy

Sunday, January 1, 2023
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Listen while you read: "Standing At The Portal Of The Opening Year"1 (Lyrics)

Romans 12:2 – Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (NLT)

As he clung to the side of his cage, I could see that he needed more room to fly around. My little love bird had long outgrown his old starter cage and was ready for one that he could move around in more. So, one Christmas, I asked for a new cage for Peachy as a gift, and I received a nice, roomy one for my not-so-excited feathered friend. It was big enough for him to move around in and not just cling to the side. It had two perches and nice feeder bowls that hung from the easy access doors. But this bewildered little bird fought me all the way, flapping his wings and biting the hand that feeds him until I thought I would cry.

Peachy was given a new start and a new way of life, but unfortunately, he was so used to the old ways that even after he got his new life, he clung to his old ways and spent his days hanging from the sides of his new cage.

Sometimes, I think that I am much like my sweet Peachy! God offers me peace, power, and love, but I cling to the old memories, old hurts, and old worries! What must our God think, when He offers us so much, but we settle for so little?

This new year, I want to be all that He wants me to be and accept all that He has for me. The Bible says that God had our life planned even before we were born. Do we, like Peachy, hang on ferociously to old things, instead of grasping our new freedom in Christ? Peachy has finally begun sitting on his new perches and spending less time on the sides of his cage. We, too, need to move away from our old habits and grab for all that God has planned for us.

Prayer: Lord, may we loosen our grasp on the past and enjoy what You have for us today and in this next year! Amen.

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Jeanie Nihiser <jnihiserj@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Enjoyed your message. Happy New Year .

    Thanks for the wise words, Jeanie. Happy New Year.

    Happy New Year, Jeanie. A good devotion to start off 2023 with.

    And May it be so with God’s help. Blessings on your 2023 journey.

    Thank you for the reminder that we must let go of the past hurts and trust in God’s plan for us.

    I loved this comparison! God bless and please keep them coming.
    (On. Canada)

    Dear Jeanie,
    Thank you for the reminder today, on This first Day of 2023.
    Happy New Year!

    Thank you, Jeanie, for today’s devotion.
    I like it very much.
    Yes, we must move on with our mission.

    What a refreshing start to 2023!
    Bless you for reminding me of God’s transforming power, after a year of hurt and loss.
    “Lord Change Me” Evelyn Christensen.

    Good morning, Jeannie,
    A good reminder that we need to let go of the things which happened to us in the past, or things we did or said. Good words for the beginning of the New Year.
    Thank you and I wish you and yours a very good 2023.

    Thank you, Jeanie, for your very good words of advice today. Yes, it is important to let the past be “bygones” and look forward to what happenings our dear Lord has for us into the future. Following His guidance brings uplifting joy into our lives. Blessings for your writings and may this year 2023 be a very special one for you and your family.

    Good morning, Jeanie,
    I loved your story about Peachy and relating it to how hard it is for us to change. A great message for us to hear on the first day of the new year. The lyrics to the song are also very positive and encouraging.
    I am joining with you in your prayer as I start this new year and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I hope to grasp more of what God has planned for me. I am also going to try to hear the verse that God wants me to hear this year and put it on my windowsill where I wash the dishes and am sure to read it often during the day. I am praying for inspiration.
    Best wishes for the coming year and that you grasp what God has planned in your life. Blessings and look forward to more of your devotionals.

    Thank you, Jeanie, for this excellent advice.

    This is not an optimistic positive message for the New Year.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings in
    the upcoming year.

    Excellent analogy. Thank you for this thought-provoking devotion, Jeanie.
    Blessings in Christ.

    Another great message Jeanie.
    Thank you and Happy New Year.


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