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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What Needs to be New in Your Life?!

I love spring!
The buds on the trees, flowers bursting through the hardened ground and everything feels new. I love new.
A new baby. A new house. New clothes, new SHOES! New is good.

I think that God made us to love NEW things. Ok, maybe new shoes are not meant to be a spiritual encounter, but overall He gave us a desire for new-ness!

Who doesn’t love starting a New Year?
What about the New Testament and the new birth?
New is good.

Jesus gave us a new command:
John 13:34-35
34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Lately I’ve been thinking about another “new.”
Eph 4:22-24
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life,

to put off your old self,
which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God

in true righteousness and holiness.

I have been walking with the Lord for over 20 years now. And yet, He still continues to call me to put off the past and have a new attitude. He reminds me again what I was created for.
To live for and love Him while representing Him with my actions.

Did you know that you don’t have to live like you used to, you can start new even today.

Are you tired of the way you’ve been acting/living??? With the help of God, re-invent yourself.

Put off the old attitudes and behaviors and be made new!

What area do you want newness?
In your marriage?
As a mother?
In your family relationships?
In your friendships?
In your physical body?

God does not give us limits, He says to put the old off and put on the new!

One of my favorite verses on newness is:
Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.

I love that. It SPRINGS up.
He brings refreshing to dry and weary lands.

He brings newness to the old dead things in our life.

What has God been wanting to do NEW in your life?
Let spring be a constant reminder to us to start over again, re-invent and be made NEW in the Lord!

Lord, I thank you for calling us to new-ness. You are so good to not leave us the way we are! Help us Lord to see Your hand and recognize Your calling.

Don't you just love Him!!!!


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Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Love this! Refreshing & encouraging!

April 23, 2008 at 7:47 AM  
Anonymous annie said...

Yes, I do love Him!
Great post Sue, Spring is all about new beginnings and fresh starts.

April 23, 2008 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger MaryLu said...

Newness is so very good, I love it that He loves us so much to prompt us to change. Good stuff, my friend!

April 23, 2008 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Hi, My oldest son is away at college and it has been difficult for me
(and him)! My other son is close behind him! That is where new things are for me. Thanks,Cindi

April 23, 2008 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

This was a really nice devotional, thank you.

April 23, 2008 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stumbled onto your blog and love it. I have recently studied the Is. passage,needing newness in my life and walk. You are a confirmation from God without knowing it or me. In His Grip -Tracie

April 23, 2008 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Mel's World said...

He's put a new song on my heart and I LOVE it!!!

Thanks Sue!


April 23, 2008 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

What a GREAT reminder to do some spring cleaning in my life...decluttering, making room for new things!

April 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger skoots1mom said...

i cleaned out a closet feels new again!

May 1, 2008 at 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you It is so easy to get caught up in the old ways.
I need to do some cleaning in my life.

January 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I am doing new in my life is, reading the bible and spending time with God alone every day. We have so much time for everything and everyone, but we have trouble giving God a few minutes of our time to pray and get into his word.

January 17, 2010 at 7:50 PM  

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