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Every Dawn is a New Beginning

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

Every morning I would walk pass a painting fixed in the hallway of my childhood home, it still hangs there today. The painting read “Every dawn is a new beginning.” Growing up I never paid much attention to this, but as I grew into an adult, I would find myself in situations that left me feeling hopeless, down, depressed, or even faithless. This painting would ring in my head. I remember one particular phase of my life where I was living a life of uncleanliness, acts that led to fornication, a mouth that cursed like a sailor (I could really put some combinations together), and an attitude of mental supremacy even at the sake of other’s emotions…I was an emotional bully. But God took me through a series of events that caused me to be broken. At one point it seemed as if every situation I encountered caused the tables to turn negatively on me and I felt small. But then a still voice spoke into my head…“Daughter, I never left…you walked away.” This was God, and his voice knocked me onto the ground. That was in 2002. I went through a series of purging processes. He removed friends, situations, and even opportunities in my life to bring me closer to Him. (Embedded Lesson #1, God is a jealous God; don’t place things in HIS place.) As I began to study His word (Embedded Lesson #2, if you want to hear what God has to say, read His word.) I ran into the scripture, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow…” For me, the red represented all of the voluntary sin I had been committing and lavishing in. At that moment I lay at the foot of my bed and poured out my soul thanking Jesus for this second chance, this was June of 2003. God spoke life into me that night and reminded me that not only has He allowed me to begin again, but He restored me. He reminded me that “I was fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalms 139:14) because, not only was I made in his image (Gen 1:27) but because he loves me (John 3:16.)

Sis, you may need a new start in a certain area of your life. Don’t allow the devil to deceive you into believing that you cannot begin again. With every dawn is a new beginning. And God is there waiting because you deserve it.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for reminding me that I can begin again. Thank You for your mercy and favor thus far. Show me how to pray and to listen to Your directions. Forgive me of the sins I have committed and teach me how to rely on You for my total healing. I love You Lord, You are the source of my being and I owe all praises to You. Thank You in advance for restoring me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

My girlfriends and I have this empowerment “thing” that we do. If we ever experience rejection, we will read our resume` to ourselves. So here’s your resume`. I EMPOWER you to stand in the mirror and speak power over your life…this is YOUR resume:

“I am a child of God who is fearfully and wonderfully made, I am fearless. I am the head and not the tail. I am strong because God’s strength resides in me. Any weapon that forms against me will not rise nor prosper because the battle is God’s and He loves me. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I am His…He bought me with a price and has covered my sins with his righteousness.”

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.

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19 thoughts on “Every Dawn is a New Beginning”

  1. Khalilah, I needed this empowere moment today…THANK YOU! Lately, I have been encountering events that leaves me down and depressed, but I’ve still keep the faith. Reading your testimony reminds me that no matter how hard it gets or how far you fall, God will always be there to pick you up and place you on the correct path.

    1. I’m so glad He saw fit to pick me up. He will do the same to you. Thank you for being my first “poster!” Your reply encouraged me to keep going………keeping my mind stayed on Him.

  2. Khalilah these empowermoments start my day. There are some things in my life that I haven’t accomplished. At being thirty, I would think and feel bad because I thought I was too old and it was too late. Receiving the message fom God and several people that try to righteously serve him that I can begin again, motivates me to not give up. Age is not a factor, I am going to kee on going no matter how long it takes. Congratulations on pursuing your Doctorate.

    1. Amber, its nothing like beginning again. Sometimes I have to do it over and over within the same day. I am so glad you are motivated, because you are so worth it!! Hang in there, I’m just glad God is patient and teaches me how to “do”. Thank you for reading my post.

    1. Thank you for this opportunity. I am still insecure of the nakedness I exposed, but God reminds me……….its not about me.

  3. Kay, I really needed this message today. I’m experiencing some of the exact things you mentioned right now! It remined me that I am not alone and that I have to keep pushing!

    1. Yes, Kristi, keep pushing. Do not feel alone, for “he who is without sin should cast the first stone.” So my hands are behind my back, lol. You hang in there, God is willing to receive and forgive, we just have to avail ourselves. Thank you for reading my post. Be encouraged…..

    1. Darquite, thank you for reading my post. Jesus reminds us to give him our burdens, but for some reason that just seems so hard to do. I am glad you experience release today. I have experience release in your comments. Thank you for reading. Stay in the fight……..you are worth every sweat and tear!

    2. Darquite, it looks like my post got bumped somehow. But I wanted to tell YOU “thank you” for reading my post. Sharing that your weight was lifted, helped me not feel so insecure about exposing myself, but to God be the glory. Stay in the fight, you are worth every sweat and tear! God loves you so much.

      1. Girl, I’m waiting too! His promises are so “good” that I have to remember that I must do my part, and that’s to remain true and humble to him. This experience has been so humbling, and its only week 1. I’m consumed by his awesomeness………………….*shouting*

  4. Kay it is so wonderful to see how God is maturing you in your faith! I thank God for placing you in my life everyday!! I love you so….keep allowing God to use you!

    1. I love you too! Thank you for always being in my corner. You are such a God fearing woman, such a role model for alot of us out here struggling.

  5. Kay, where do I start? First let me say what a powerful testimony! It’s never easy to unveil ourselves to the world let alone our father. In your testimony you just don’t know the encouragement you have provided, you don’t know how you have help lift that head that was down, or that heart that was broken. Its easy for us to sweep our life story under the rug or maybe even run from it but the sooner we learn that we are only doing ourselves injustices the better off we will be. God knows and he does care we cant hide any of our emotion’s or thought’s from him. So I am saying this to you so you can stay encourage, keep on fighting as well as keep up the excellent work you do. You have helped me more than you know.

    1. Marquetta, you are so thoughtful. You are ALWAYS and encourager, the world needs more people like you! Thanks for reading the post.

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