photo by: Shirley/Weeting/August 2005
A Brand New Me
Originally written 28 Sep 09
posted 29 Sep 09
Some days I simply cannot wrap my mind around
the change that I see happening in me.
I am free from so many of the chains that used to bind my heart…
and yet the restoration work continues.

This world, and the current “IT” people, places, things
are constantly changing.
But our Creator God never changes.  He was and is and forevermore will be.  
In His solid presence, there is safety, security.  The foundation is firm.
His promises are everlasting.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8

I’ve learned I can trust Him with EVERYTHING.
As a result of that growing trust, I’ve discovered that my desire to please God is overcoming my “people-pleaser” weakness.

I have long felt…and still do…that my friends are my treasure.
I was so afraid of losing that treasure!
I feared that I’d do something wrong to make them turn away from me
because of anger or disappointment in my imperfections.
The fear of losing friends became a cage…a trap.
However, I’ve learned that though friends are a great treasure…
they are not my breath.
can survive even if every friend
(and even every family member) abandoned me.
It is the Lord who provides my breath…and He will never abandon me.

 “Though my father and my mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.”
Psalm 27:10
“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6
“…God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
Hebrews 13:5b

This does not mean that my love for these special people
in my life has lessened in any way.
On the contrary, it’s improving and deepening the love I have for them.
It means that I am free to love them without being
dependent on their opinion of me.
I am free from the fear that they might not love me back.
This is MONUMENTAL for a people-pleaser! 
Dare I even say that I consider this miraculous?!
I can see no other explanation for it.
All I can say is, “WOW!”
: )

Many have and will poke fun at this change.  No matter.
For centuries many have ridiculed those who choose to follow the Christ.
Let the world laugh.
I will still love them.
I will still pray for their eyes to be opened to the Truth of God.

My place is secure & no matter the amount of ridicule,
nor from whose lips it comes from…
I will stand on this solid ground.
No one can snatch me from the Father’s hand.
(see John 10:28-29)

I can almost hear God saying,
“Well, DUH!!  I’ve been trying to tell you this for YEARS!”
However, I know that He doesn’t treat us like that.
He lovingly accepts us as we are, flaws and all, and blesses our obedience without rubbing our noses in the messes we’ve made,
unlike what some humans are prone to do.

 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
James 1:5

I heard Third Day’s song “Born Again” this afternoon.  I’ve heard it before…and loved it…and always sing along with it…
but today as I sang along, the words coming from my mouth initiated a wave of weeping as I drove down the road.
This song is perfect for what I’ve been feeling lately.

There is a courage that I have never had before.  
I find myself standing in awe of what God can accomplish!  
From the day I first accepted Christ as my Savior…to this day 31yrs later…
I FEEL like a new creation!
“It feels like I’m Born Again…It feels like I’m living…for the very first time…”
: )
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"Born Again" by Third Day (from their album "Revelation")