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It's NEVER too late! 


I have been gone for a while dealing with life (and a new baby!), but I'm back and on track! I almost wrote this year off as a loss, but it's never too late to get back in the game - so here I am!

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The Difference

November 7, 2013


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This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)

Ah, 2 Corinthians 5:17...THE verse that says it all. But are we still listening?

When I began to truly understand Christ's sacrifice and what it meant for my life AND understand God's Word more clearly, this passage filled me with so much uncontainable joy! This scripture brings hope to the hopeless and life to the lifeless. I thought, "Wow, my old life is gone. I don't have to be burdened by my past or held back by the person I was." This was a promise that I could move on - different.

But what about years later? What about now? Does this Word from God still bring the same passion to my soul?

A short while back, our church welcomed a band to our stage for our time of worship. As they sang so beautifully their song taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17, The Holy Spirit made so clear to my soul that this verse should be fresh in my heart and mind throughout each and every day that I'm blessed to breathe. The song says, "I am not the same, I'm a new creation." And that's right! I AM currently, right now, at this moment....different. This is not wisdom that was only relevant for a short time in my brand new Christian walk. This is a nugget of truth on which my daily life should thrive!

It's easy to keep living the way we were all the while claiming Jesus saves. But what message does that send to those who don't know Him? How does that make us different from anyone else in the world?

I AM different now. I don't respond to hardship with fear and negativity but with a positive faith.
I AM different now. I don't mistreat those who have hurt me but love as my Savior loves and forgive as He forgives.
I AM different now. I don't stand by and watch others suffer, I identify the needs of others and serve as I am called.
I AM different now. I don't live for this finite life but for the life to come.

WE ARE different now. We were different the moment Jesus opened our eyes, and we must always remain the difference.

What makes you different?


Hear the song that inspired me here!




 

Alive on the Other Side

September 15, 2013

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Remember when The Lord lead the Israelites out of Egypt? They had been crying out to God in prayer for so long with the desire of their hearts - to be free from bondage. Finally, 400 years after this people had become enslaved, The Lord God delivered them out of the hands of the enemy. As they fled this land of suffering, they must have felt so full of joy and zeal as they reflected on how the Almighty God had answered their prayers and proved Himself faith...

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