Old Things Made into a New Creation

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I have been a Christian for forty years this year! And I am still amazed at the work Jesus does in our lives through the Holy Spirit. When we are born again, we are made into a new creation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you know a little something about “creation”, you know that God does not need any material to create something new. He created the world in which we live with only His spoken word.

This week I was trying to think of some sewing projects that I could do without having to buy any new fabric. I pulled out “old” fabric that I’ve had in boxes and searched YouTube and Pinterest for ideas. That’s how I came up with making fabric gift bags.

From the photo at the beginning of this post, you can see the two fabrics I chose to use to make these cute little drawstring bags. The red makes the inside lining and the green floral is the outside. I found some cord that I had around here to use as the drawstring.

I have to admit I am pretty pleased with myself for using up all of the green floral fabric and a good bit of the red by making something useful and new. I couldn’t help but think of the new creation I am since Jesus saved me. Trust me when I tell you that alone is quite a miracle, but He’s in the miracle business. I’m not the first person He’s made a new creation and I certainly won’t be the last.

Jesus is in the saving business! And He chooses to use the sinful person we are to create a saint - no, saints are not perfect, but we are CHANGED and we’re forgiven! Hallelujah! We are made new!

I can’t tell you what all Jesus does with everyone else, but what I can tell you is what He is doing with me. You see, I trusted Christ when I was twelve years old. Frankly, I got saved for fear of hell. But Jesus doesn’t offer a fire insurance only. He’s all or nothing. You give Him all or you get nothing.

I wasn’t content with the fire insurance that I had gotten. Day by day, Jesus began to change me. He showed me that He saved me for His glory and for His purpose. This was no small feat, either. Sure I was a good kid and fairly good teenager in the eyes of man, but even as a believer I struggled with sin. (Spoiler alert: all Christians do.)

Some of the changes happened quickly, some took a few years and still others are a work in process. I had a hot temper. Jesus had cooled my jets - a lot. I used to have a very sharp tongue. Jesus holds it more often than not these days. I struggle with insecurity, but Jesus is teaching me to find my security in Him alone.

If you have that gnawing inside that there has to be more, let me assure you there is! If you’ve never trusted Jesus as you Lord, do it now! There are no magic words. Just tell Him that you confess you’re a sinner and you believe He is the Son of God. Ask Him to save you and He will.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10

If you are saved, but you have that gnawing feeling that there’s got to be more, let me assure you there is! Jesus promises every believer LIFE and life to the full. You can rest in Him. Confess your sin. Ask for forgiveness and rest in His forgiveness.

If that doesn’t relieve that gnawing then ask Him to show you what it is in your life that you are holding onto that He wants you to let go. He will.

Just like that old fabric became a new creation to be used for a purpose, so are we a new creation in Jesus Christ! I’m so thankful I am not who I once was and that I am becoming the woman Jesus wants me to be in Him.

A Day in the Life of an Author

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OK, so I feel really weird even writing about this topic since I still struggle with the idea of being an author. Maybe after I have a few books under my belt it will seem more real. But, I’m trying to be transparent in my craft. If you follow my blog, you know I self-published my first book last year. And it’s an amazing feeling! But now what?

If you read The Experiment then you know it ended on a cliff hanger and there will be a book two. I’m planning a series about the protagonist, actually. And I am currently working on book two now. Let me just say, it’s more difficult to write. The first book came out of a writing challenge with my son. (My family is huge support!) I sat on the book for months, but finally got the guts to publish it.

You might ask why I want to write books. Besides the obvious reason of that writer being buried inside me for as long as I can remember, I want to be able to share my faith in Jesus Christ long after I’m gone. My thoughts had always been to write non-fiction, (and I still may) but it would be rare for a non-believer to read a Christian non-fiction book, I think.

Just days before my mother went home to be with the Lord, she called our pastor to plan her funeral. She literally told him what she wanted him to preach. Her reasoning was that her funeral would be the last time she could share the gospel. Let me tell you, her life shared the gospel and so did her funeral. Two family members came to know Jesus that day! What a celebration, right!

That being said, fiction thrillers have the potential to reach people I will never have an opportunity to reach. Thus, I am embarking on a journey much different than the one I had pictured with writing.

A day in this life is one full of things needing my time and attention! I am working a full time job and I’m often called to be out and about with others. My life probably sounds a lot like yours. At least three evening out of the week, I am already booked with things to do and/or places to go. After working all day, it is really hard to make myself sit down and write a novel. I am about one fourth of the way through book two.

I’m finding that I don’t like outlines. I didn’t use one with the first book. I wrote it by the seat of my pants - known as a “pantser”. I like to see where the story will naturally go so when it isn’t tying bows together from the last book I PROCRASTINATE! A lot!

Needless to say, other things are getting done around my house. I have crocheted a lot! I have packed up some things for a move coming…next year! But I am committing to you that I will begin my daily writing routine again!

My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalm 45:1 (NASB)

Daring to Soar in Confidence

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Photo by Dane Deaner

I dare say many of us are plagued by a lack of confidence, at least from time to time.

Why is that? As children, and adults, we are told by someone or another something that hurts. And it’s so much easier to believe negative things than positive, especially about ourselves.

But true confidence should not come from what people say about us. True confidence comes from what Jesus says about us.

Keep in mind that I’m talking about confidence, not arrogance. We both know there’s a significant difference between the two.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

You were fearfully and wonderfully made, handcrafted by the Master Creator. That means you were created special for a specific purpose in mind.

No matter what the circumstances of your birth or life up to this point, you need to know that you were created by the Creator of the world and you have a reason -a purpose- for your life! That my friend should give you confidence.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are:

  • a child of the King of kings

  • a friend of God

  • loved

  • saved for a purpose

  • called by name by your Saviour

The confidence that comes from knowing and believing who you are in Christ truly comes from knowing Whose you are. You see, the reality is that in and of ourselves, we are unworthy sinners, BUT GOD loved us (you and me) and in salvation He chose to make us HIS.

So confidence should not be based on what you can do or positive self-talk, but confidence is who you are in Jesus Christ.

Just to give you a full picture of what the confidence of Christ looks like…

  • love,

  • joy,

  • peace,

  • patience, 

  • kindness,

  • goodness,

  • faithfulness, 

  • gentleness,

  •  self-control

Of course, we know this is the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23.

This year, as you make your plans be ever ready to flex as the Holy Spirit directs, dare to soar in confidence - the Confidence of Christ.

Leave a comment below about how you have found confidence in Christ!

Goodness - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 7

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5: 22-23

Is there anyway you could explain the fullness of God’s goodness to you? Neither can I! His love and mercy and goodness is beyond what we can comprehend much less explain to someone else.

And yet, that is a part of the fruit of the spirit that the Holy Spirit is developing in us!

I knew a doctor once who I never heard say an ill word about someone. Ever. One day while working together, we found out about something that was, well, it was terrible. As this doctor talked about the incident, he never once said an ill remark about the person who was the guilty party. I looked at him and said, “You know, Doc, I don’t think you’d say anything bad about the devil. I’ve never heard you say anything bad about anyone.” He laughed and said he didn’t think he could say something good about the devil.

But the point is, what a great testimony/reputation! I wish that were true about me but, alas, I’m afraid not. However, through the years the Holy Spirit is changing me, for the better!

As believers, our first response should be toward goodness; giving the benefit of the doubt, lending a helping hand, or choosing encouraging conversation.

We are the recipients of God’s goodness and should therefore be the extension of His goodness, don’t you think?

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

Psalm 31:19

If God were to say to you - “I could give you what you’ve prayed for OR I can give you what you’d truly desire IF you knew what I know.” Which would you choose?