All Things New

My word for 2015 is NEW.

The Bible has a lot to say about “New”.  I did a keyword search in Bible Gateway for the word “new” and found around 280 references.  In 2013, I made “All Things Good” jars to remind me of Romans 8:28. This year, that jar will be replaced with my “All Things New” jar.

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And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  Revelation 21:5

God is making me new.  He’s making you new, and sometimes we just need to be reminded!  This jar will be my reminder.

All Things New Jars

Throughout the year, I will add new verses, new insight, and examples of the ways God is making me new. What am I learning about God that is new? I’m taking these truths and writing them down!  I don’t want to be stagnant and just going through the motions. I want to be intentional to recognize how He is changing me from the inside out. These are the things I want to remember!

My jar is in front of my dresser mirror as a visual reminder of my NEWNESS in Christ.  It’s His Beautiful Gift to me!  There may be times throughout the day, week or year, where I will need to open that jar to remember truth and ground myself in who I am in Jesus who makes all things new.

How is God making you new?  What verses have you come across in a fresh, new way?  What new songs are you singing to praise the one who redeemed you?  How is your heart and mind being made new?  Grab a jar (or a box, or an envelope) and join me.  Can you imagine next year at this time, the treasure that this ‘new’ jar will store?  Can you feel the thanksgiving and anticipation in your heart already?  It’s exciting and new!

Here are some verses and questions to ponder as you discover “New” in your own walk with Jesus!

What is something new you have learned in His word?

Deuteronomy 32:2

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

What new song are you singing to praise Him for what He has done in your life?

Psalm 40:3

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

How is your life and the way you perceive the world around you being made new?

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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

How is your heart being made new?

Ezekiel 11:19

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh

New replaces old!  Write the old and cross it out, and write the new with a big exclamation point!  For example:

FEAR, DOUBT, INSECURITY, WORTHLESS

TRUST! HOPE! SECURE IN CHRIST! WORTHY!!

2 Corinthians 5:17 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

Writing it down makes a difference! Remember. Be encouraged as you grow in your “newness” with Jesus! Look to Him and all of the new that He brings! Happy ‘New’ Year to the ‘new’ you!

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Stinking Thinking

It wasn’t an audible voice, but it was crystal clear:  “You have stinking thinking.”

This wasn’t the accusatory voice of the enemy.

This was the gentle voice that speaks softly to my heart.

I knew it was true.  I just didn’t know what to do about it.

We were surrounded by the quiet beauty of the mountains, and I had prayed this verse:

Psalm 5:3

In the morning Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

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I posted it on Instagram with the hashtag #bestill and #listen.

“You have stinking thinking.”

I heard it.  Loud and clear.

I still didn’t know what to do about it.

As we were leaving that morning, we took the Blue Ridge Parkway, and we kept passing several skunks.  We didn’t see them, but we knew they were near.   My youngest said “eeeeeewwww!  What is that smell??  It’s all inside our van!  Yuck!  Why does it keep coming in here?”

It reminded me that my stinking thinking permeates my being and it lingers just like that skunk smell.   It affects me not just in my mind, heart and soul, but it ultimately spills over into my relationships with others and more importantly my relationship with Christ.  It keeps me from doing things that I should do, and it makes me do things I shouldn’t do!

I really don’t want to have stinking thinking, so I am going to use three R’s to work on this.   Will you join me?

Let’s recognize the stinking thinking and reject the thoughts by replacing them with the TRUTH of God’s Word.

I am sure I can come up with many examples of my smelly thoughts, but let’s start with THE BIG ONE:

I worry what others think, and what they could think, and what they might think, and what they should think.  Is that stinking or what?  How can I possibly know what others are thinking and why do I waste anytime thinking about it?   What does me worrying about it change?  Why do I care?

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TRUTH:

Galations 1:10 

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. 

I assume.  A lot.  Maybe he is upset with me. Maybe she is mad.  I don’t think they like me.  I think they are talking about me.  I should believe it only when I know it’s true, not assume it is true.  Don’t assume anything.  Go with what I know.  Period.  Ask or clarify if necessary.

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TRUTH:

Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG) 

 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.

I measure my worth with a virtual measuring stick at times.  The virtual world we live in makes me daily and hourly consider how others perceive and value me.  Friends, followers, likes, retweets, favorites, and other responses or lack of responses are not the real measuring stick.  The real measuring stick that determines my worth is the WORD!  I am who God says I am, and with Him, there are no clicks required.  He created me and he knows every detail about me!

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TRUTH:

Luke 12:7 

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Stinking Thinking.  It didn’t get that way overnight and it’s not going away overnight.  But, I’m starting to call it out.  Just recently, I went to do something nice for someone else.  Right before I did it – this is what I heard in my head “If you do that for her, others will think why didn’t you do it for them?  Maybe you will hurt their feelings?  Maybe you will embarrass her?  People are going to think you are doing this for attention. Should you really?”

Yes.  That is just a glimpse of 30 seconds of the noise.  But I recognized it this time, and I pressed on.  I did it.  I ignored the smelly thoughts, and God blessed it.  He used it.

I’m letting God change my thinking.

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TRUTH:

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.

I want my thoughts to please Him, and to permeate my being and linger.  I want them to ultimately spill over into my relationships with others and more importantly my relationship with Christ.  I want my thoughts to help me do the things I should, and keep me from doing the things I shouldn’t!  I want to my mind, heart and soul to be a pleasing aroma.

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TRUTH:

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (NIV) 

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

What about you?  Do you struggle with stinking thinking too, or have you in the past?  What verses help to remind you to be a pleasing aroma?  Click to comment and share below!   Join us as we recognize, reject and replace our stinking thinking with the TRUTH of God’s Word!

The Word for 2014

All Things Good Jars

If my life were a book, 2013 would be the chapter that changes everything.   Last year at New Years we made and gave to friends ALL things good jars … Romans 8:28, clinging to the promise that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   Looking back, that verse was perfect for 2013 and sustained me through many winding roads, steep climbs and downhill tumbles.  It was a verse that would pop into my head every time I sighed, “not good.”

God Is Faithful.

For the past 24 hours just thinking about 2013 brings tears to my eyes.  I am thankful for so much, and while I didn’t actually put everything in the jar, it is overflowing with GOOD.   The highlight of my year was on September 15, 2013 when I was baptized again.  I know baptism is a public profession of faith, but hear me when I tell you it was a private, intimate lovefest with my Savior in that water on that day.  He is my redeemer.  He restores me and He makes me new.  He gives me a Hope and a Future.  I am lost without Him.

Give me The Word for 2014!  This is what I started thinking about last Saturday night.  I went into our ladies small group on Sunday morning and I asked again, what is the word for 2014??  Several mentioned options for them, and for me I still hadn’t landed yet on a word.   Maybe it was a verse?  Lord, help me to focus!  What is it?

Then in worship – we sang “One Thing Remains”.  That song was one of my many favorites in 2013.  While images of 2013 flashed on the big screen of my mind, I sang “it overwhelms and satisfies my soul…and I’ll never, ever have to be afraid, this one thing remains – Your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me.”  As we sat down to hear the message, I grabbed my journal, and I started taking notes and then I wrote this out as I prayed silently, ” Lord, Give me The Word for 2014….”

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I even distinguished that it was my thought in my notes…then I looked up to hear the pastor say “We have to know Him/know His word.  Give me your word so I’ll know you even better.”

It hit me right then, when I looked back at what I wrote:   Give me The Word for 2014.

The Word is the word for 2014!

As the sermon continued, the message was even more confirmed in my heart.  I was overwhelmed at the Lord speaking deeply to me in that moment.  When the service ended, I shared it with the leader of our small group.

So for the past few days, I have reflected on this and I see how God has lined it all up for me.  A few months ago, I mentioned wanting a reading nook in our room, as I was not sleeping much at night.  My husband moved the computer desk downstairs and created a space for me.  I just love it!  Last week, the verse of the day on the Bible app was 1 Peter 5:6 and I took the same verse and put it with this picture of my corner:

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Give me THE WORD for 2014.

A few months ago I was in Sam’s and saw this adorable pink Bible.  I have another pink Bible, but this pink Bible caught my eye and it is for Busy Mom’s.  I have not marked in it until now:

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I don’t want to say I will read through the entire Bible in 2014.  I don’t want to say I’m committing to so many chapters, verses, minutes per day.   I don’t want another checklist.  I simply want you, Lord.  I want your Word to come alive for me in my life and in my story.  So in 2014, with this Busy Mom’s Bible and journals – I want to meet with you faithfully and hear from you.  Speak to me, Lord.  Show me the way.

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Psalm 119:25-32 ESV

My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!  When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!  Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.  My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!  Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!  I have chosen the way of the faithfulness; I have set your rules before me.  I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;  let me not be put to shame!  I will run in the way of your commandments for you set my heart free!