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Claiming NEW

Renee Ann Smith —  January 5, 2014 — 10 Comments

Through the magic of film, I watch the scene unfold.

He is broken and bloody. His robe cannot hide the evidence of his scourging. Thorns pierce his skin. A heavy wooden cross weighs Him down. He stumbles and falls.

His mother runs to Him, arms outstretched. Through her tears she gazes at her beloved son.

He touches her face and speaks aloud the mystery. “See, mother, I make all things new.”

Then once again, He embraces His cross and moves on.

His strength and grace make my heart ache.

And I know I will never be able to love Him enough.

Jesus brought newness to all with His death. “New life is only possible when the old life dies. There is always death before resurrection.

Mourning precedes morning.

Death comes before the dream.” *

How I love His old, old story that never fails to make me new.

I claim its power in my life for 2014.

My One Word for 2014 is NEW.

New for post 10a

Why focus on One Word for the year? “Rather than making a list of all our faults, bad habits and regrets, then trying overhaul every aspect of our lives each January, what if we focused on God and just one thing at a time – trusting Him to do the work He’s initiated and promised to complete?”  quote from My One Word Blog

Read more about focusing on One Word for the Year at this link for an article from author Beth Vogt.

New life is only possible when the old life dies. Mourning precedes morning. Death comes before the dream. (Click to Tweet)

He touches her face and speaks aloud the mystery. “See, mother, I make all things new.” (Click to Tweet)

*Source for quote unnamed Continue Reading…

New Year’s Resolution number five: Face the future with confidence . . .

“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.'”

~Minnie L. Haskins~

Follow these links to see my other New Year’s Resolutions, number one, number two, number three, and number four.

This week I’m linking with Miscellany Monday, Life Made Lovely, Call Me Blessed, Soli Deo Gloria, and Women Living Well.

New Year’s Resolution number four: Forget what lies behind . . .

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” ~Brooks Atkinson~

Follow these links to see my other New Year’s Resolutions . . .

Number one

Number two

Number three

New Year’s Resolution number three: Give thanks often . . .

“Gratitude is a lifestyle.  A hard-fought, grace-infused, biblical lifestyle.”

“The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment. It is the fruit of a thousand choices. ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss~

Follow these links to see my New Year’s Resolutions number one and number two.

New Year’s Resolution number two:

Stay positive . . .

“Write it
on your heart
that every day
is the best day
in the year.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Follow this link for my New Year’s Resolution number one.

Follow this link to find out if the post-holiday blues ever serve a purpose.

New Year’s Resolution number one: Don’t hold anything back . . .

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.'” ~Erma Bombeck~