New.

"But forget all that- it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." -Isaiah 43:18-20

A few weeks ago, I watched “The Passion of the Christ.” Happy belated Easter! (Favorite holiday everrr.) My favorite part of the movie is towards the end, after Jesus had been beaten, he was carrying the cross and a guard pushed him to the ground. He fell, and his mother Mary was so upset by the scene. She was watching her son suffer, so she ran up to him to help him up. Without any complaint, or frustration Jesus says “Look Mother, I make all things new.”
Instant water works.

Seriously, think about it. Everything you have done. Your past. He has redeemed you of it ALL. Not only that, but the mistakes you haven’t even made yet. He took care of it already. When I watch that movie, in the midst of his pain and anguish, he has the joy in his heart knowing that he “makes all things new.” 

Let your past be your past. I constantly struggle with this. I read a quote today from the book “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend: 

"The past is your ally in repairing your present and ensuring a better future."

So true. 

One more quote. Are you sad? Have you been hurt? Well don’t give up. You’re a beautiful creation, who has an amazing Creator. He doesn’t waste His time. You have a purpose:

"Nearly all God’s jewels are crystallized tears." -Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

‎”God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.” -1 Peter 1:2

"My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." -Galatians 2:20

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amen.

amen.

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Truth! I have to keep reminding myself.


"Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
  Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:9-18)

Truth! I have to keep reminding myself.

"Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

  Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:9-18)

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Don’t count what you’ve lost. Count what you’ve got left. Then ask God for the impossible.
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