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

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

10 responses to Claiming NEW

  1. Thanks for sharing this story and the thoughts. A great post to read for the beginning of this wonderful New Year.
    Blessings to you!

  2. Ah, Yes! NEW…a great word to focus on for 2014!

  3. I was just thinking my word for this year should be FOLLOW. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You really touched my heart when you said that nothing becomes new without death. I know resurrection only comes after death but seeing it in this perspective has touched a chord within me.

  5. He makes all things new! BEAUTIFUL word! My word is PRAY.

    Thank you for linking up with Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

  6. “Death comes before the dream.” — I actually said this to my husband last night… and now here is it again. Very, very interesting… 🙂

    Thanks for linking up at Thought-Provoking Thursday!

  7. My word is FAITH. May God bless you and grow you this year.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  8. Hi Renee! Thanks for linking up with Trusting Tuesdays (for the benefit of others — a monthly touch base on how your one word for the year is going!) — I’ll look forward to next month and seeing how “new” keeps working in your life!

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