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Living On The Edge


] A New Start Have you ever felt like you just


wanted to start over? New name, new par- ents, new friends, new life, new location. I have, tons and tons of times. I have won- dered numerous times, what, if instead of being born in Alaska and growing up in Wyoming, I had been born out East around Delaware and grown up somewhere like Southern Carolina? I got my own version of a new start


when I was ten years old and my parents informed my sister and I that we were moving to Illinois. I. was. devastated. When we lived in Wyoming I was very shy and had a very small amount of really close friends. It didn’t help my social deprivation that I was home schooled and really clue- less on how to make friends. I specifically remember being really


upset about having to learn the names of roads all over again (I had the Cheyenne, Wyoming topography mapped out pretty well for a ten year old). I was scared of moving and having to make friends all over again and going to a new school. That was the scariest thing of all. I did have friends in Illinois that still lived there back from when I was three, but I barely remembered them.


But, amongst all the fear of the un-


known, I was really excited too. It was a new thing to me. I had moved before but I was always too little to help move or re- member moving. Traveling has always been one of my favorite things to do ever since I can remember.


When we moved I hated Illinois when


we first arrived and every night I cried and blamed God for making us move. I loved Wyoming, it was so much different than Illi- nois; the winters were colder and had more snow, and the summers were hot and dry, in- stead of wet and sticky. I didn’t want to move, but I knew that God had a reason. But now I thank Him for it. I thank Him for giving me the opportunity of a brand new beginning, a new start. I have so many more friends here than I ever did in Wyoming. All of my friends who lived there moved anyways, so there really is nothing left for me there. The new beginning that I want is the


new beginning that David asked God for in Psalm 51:10, ―Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.‖ God gives us all the opportunity to have a new heart, a clean heart every single day. And the best part is, all you have to do is ask—there is no catch, no strings attached. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, God can make you a new person. God can give YOU a brand new start.


“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10


By: Kimberly


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