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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Covenant Prayer

This morning, my Bible Study leader handed us this prayer written by John Wesley in 1780, and wow did I need to hear these words today. I don't have much to write about it, but I did want to share the prayer with you. After the night and day I've had, God knew what I needed to hear this morning. Maybe you need it, too.

A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition (Contemporary Version) 

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, 
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven.  Amen.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

A New Creation

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)


Oh, the new year! I can't believe it's 2016! I can remember 2000 like it was yesterday. (Y2K, anyone?) I love the freshness of the new year. I enjoy everything new- the first blank page of a new journal, the smell of a new leather purse, the feel of opening a newly bound book, the squishiness of a new baby, etc. There is just something so hopeful and promising about a new year, a blank slate. New goals to accomplish, new plans to be made...

But, as believers, our newness doesn't come at the beginning of every new year. Our blank slate began the moment the Holy Spirit breathed new life into us when we placed our trust in Jesus. At that moment, we were made new again. Every thing about our old life passed away and a new one began. That doesn't mean everything about who we are, our personalities and our experiences were erased; but it does mean that our heart was made new, our perspectives and our motivations changed. We were called to no longer live for self but for Him. Our identities were no longer wrapped up in who the world says we are, but in who He says we are in Him.

While I love the freshness of the new year and the fun of making resolutions, I can quickly lose hope as I almost instantaneously fail at one or more of my said resolutions as the year moves along. But, the promise of salvation is not only in that moment do we become a new creation, but God also promises that each day spent with Him is new. 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV)

Every new day is a chance to start over, a chance to experience His mercies and allow him to move us along the path He had marked out for us. My prayer for myself, for my family and for all of you is that we would sink deeper into God's love, experience His new mercies everyday and let His mercy and love motivate us to walk as new creations.


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)