Thankful Thoughts – New Beginnings and Fresh Starts

Thankful ThoughtsIt feels so good to sit down and write a post on Thankful Thoughts!   It’s been way too long.

Lately, I’ve been thinking quite about about New Beginnings, Fresh Starts, Mulligans, and Do-Overs.

++ redo from start ++

Even computers, the most logical of “creatures” recognize the need for a fresh start from time to time.

Haven’t you ever heard your kids at play when one of them suddenly says

wait… start over… i messed up

And the most amazing thing happens… they actually do it!  All the kids go along with the request and just act like the previous few moments never happened.

(i wish adult friendships were that simple.  there’s a few emails i’ve sent where i’d really like a do-over. especially the one about the refrigerator.)

The more I’ve thought about it, the more it reminds me of Grace.

Ultimately, God gave us each the most amazing “redo from start” ever.  No matter how much we mess up, God is willing to forgive us and wipe out the sin.  He doesn’t always protect us from the natural consequences of our errors, but He always forgives and is willing to give us a fresh start.


Not just once a year on January 1st as part of our resolutions.

But always.

Right now.  And again in an hour if I need it.

I’m humbled by that Grace.

I’m supremely thankful for it too.

Digging deeper, I’m thankful for the grace I see modeled between my sons as they allow each other to yell

wait… start over… i messed up

and really let that happen.  I’m thankful for the times that they forgive each other without parental prompting, out of genuine love and brotherhood.

I’m thankful for the grace I receive from family and friends.  I mess up – far more than I’d ever like to admit.  I can be self centered and thoughtless.  I can grow impatient when things don’t go my way.  I tend to forget that it’s not reasonable to expect people to live up to my expectations (the ones I can’t live up to either).

Lately, there have been a few times when I literally had to ++ redo from start ++ in a friendship.

Oh my.  I’m so thankful for Grace.

As I wrote yesterday’s post (the one on regrets), I even had to apply a liberal dose of grace on my self.  It would have been so easy to wallow in self-loathing about that whole birthday party thing.  And don’t even get me started on that last one where I regret drifting.

Big regrets call for big forgiveness.

And after that, a fresh start and a new beginning.

What are you thankful for today?  I’d love to know.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. So, you forgive me for my shortcomings as a friend? 🙂 (You don’t have any, so don’t even ask.)

    The first person to invent a re-do button is gonna be rich – loved and reviled, too. Maybe not in that order. I still want one, some days. And a time-travel machine.
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  2. If you ever invent a time machine, come back in time and get me – tell me not to ever promise birthday parties to my kids.

    Technically, if you have a time travel machine, do you still need a redo button?
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  3. Speaking of ADD… This is the post I came over (From Twitter) to see– then got distracted by diarrhea, crochet, potty training, etc…!
    What I wanted to say, and couldn’t comment through Twitter, was that in the Art of Marriage seminar, they featured a speaker who used a similar phrase and inspired a blog post from me (

    “What the Cross promises is fresh starts and new beginnings.”

    Thank God for that! Because boy do we all need them.
    Thanks for your blog- it makes me a happy mom!
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    • Wait… are you saying my blog might have a touch of ADD? You mean you don’t think diarhea, crochet, potty training, goals, etc all belong logically together? 🙂 Nah… I don’t have ADD, I have mommy mind. (and maybe a little add on the side. who knows.)

      I love your quote. The cross does indeed “promise fresh starts and new beginnings.”

      One of the kids’ teachers hammered this home to us. If a child got sent home with a report for bad behavior, she always reminded us that God is the God of new beginnings. The next day, she’d pray with our son and remind him again that it was a new day and a fresh start and a new chance to behave. She always finished the prayer with thankfulness that “our God is a God of new beginnings.” A year of that must have stuck because it’s now a frequent phrase in our home. (it works just as well when it’s 10am and I’m still in my pj’s instead of tackling my to-do list. eek).

      “Thanks for your blog- it makes me a happy mom!” just made my day. 🙂 That’s why I blog. Thanks.

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