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Psalm 119
Your truth never goes out of fashion.
It’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up.
Your Word and truth are dependable as ever.
That’s what You ordered—You set the earth going.
You’re my place of quiet retreat.
I wait for your Word to renew me.
When everything’s falling apart on me, God, put me together again with your Word.
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My Genesis

Renee Ann Smith —  February 2, 2014 — 7 Comments
Have I mentioned that my One Word for 2014 is NEW 🙂

New is a small word with a big impact. We use it all the time because it has levels of meaning that reach into all areas of our lives. Here are a few I dug out of the Merriam-Webster . . .

  • Being other than the former.
  • Beginning as the resumption or repetition of a previous act or thing.
  • Different from one of the same category that has existed.
  • Made or become fresh.
  • Altered. Changed. Improved. Redesigned. Au courant. Cutting-edge. Dewy. Distinct. Newfangled. Spick-and-span. Unique. Unspoiled. Untried. Untrodden.

Is a fresh start too much to expect for those of us whose lives are a bit frayed around the edges? I don’t think so. How many folks in the Bible received a fresh start exactly when it seemed impossible?

 Job                               Jacob (Israel)                Moses
Rahab                           Naomi                          Joseph’s brothers   
Ruth                              David                           Naaman
Paul (Saul)                    Zacchaeus                   Dorcas
Mary Magdalene           Lazarus                        Peter

  . . . Plus many more . . .

And the God who authored their NEW beginnings is the same God who “wrote all the days ordained for me in His book before there was yet one of them.”

So because He is unchanging, I can count on Him to make me NEW.

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“God, make a fresh start in me.
Shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
Put a fresh wind in my sails!”
Psalm 51:10-12

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A Genesis week . . .

Gathering together my chaos and forming something good and purposeful from it.
I love that!

Wishing you a Genesis week, my friends.
Thanks for sharing a bit of your day with me. Blessings!

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My quiet place

Renee Ann Smith —  January 28, 2014 — 33 Comments
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Psalm 119
Your truth never goes out of fashion.
It’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up.
Your Word and truth are dependable as ever.
That’s what You ordered—You set the earth going.
If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so,
I would have given up when the hard times came.
You’re my place of quiet retreat. I wait for Your Word to renew me.
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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.

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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)

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Embracing NEW

Renee Ann Smith —  January 2, 2014 — 18 Comments

Sometimes the word NEW fills me with fear.

NEW means challenge & change & growth & stretching towards those long-sought goals in the distance.

But the years have taught me that other things often accompany NEW.

Pain & heartache & struggle & good-bye.

So my arms tremble a bit as I reach out to embrace the new year. And I seek a blessing to cover all the days to come. I pray this prayer for you, also.

May God give us grace to face the NEW
with Clear Eyes
and Steady Hearts
and Joy.

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the sanctuary
And grant you support from Zion.
May He remember all your sacrifices
And accept your burnt offerings.
May He give you the desire of your heart
And make all your plans succeed.

May we shout for joy over your victory
And lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
But we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

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Happy New Year, friends! I’d love to hear from you today!

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