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What’s New? Part 1

Look! I am about to do a new thing! Now it sprouts! Do you not perceive it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.    Isaiah 43:19 (LEB)

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New things!

new opportunity, new job, new friend, new town, new faith, new peace, new love, new adventure, new mission

The Israelites needed a new thing in their current situation, alright! When Isaiah speaks these words of hope they are in a desperate season in their history.  They are captives, who had lost all they thought they would keep forever and were longing for the blessings God had promised.  And God was offering them a fresh start.  Promising them a new thing. How about you? Are you open to a new journey with God?  A fresh start?

new
1. not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.

2. 
already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time.

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New mercies every morning

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning.    Lamentations 3:22-23

Whew…. Can you perceive those new mercies waiting for you to unwrap each day?

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New creation

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone the new has come!   2 Corinthians 5:17

Are you or do you want to be a “new creation”? Do you want to be far different from what you were before?  Would you like some qualities in your life that were previously non-existent?

God’s word tell us 3 gems about the “new” in these verse:

1.  Your God does new things

2.  God gives us new compassion for each day

3.  God makes us into a new creation when we invite him into our lives.

Good bye old- hello new!!!

He who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  Revelation 21:5

Listen to the words from the one who sits on the throne. Saying… I bring all things into a new and better condition.  Even when the new is unknown and difficult.  Sometimes we get so stuck in our current condition that we fail to realize that it’s not the “better condition” that God has planned for us. Sometimes we are so content with our life that we can’t imagine being in a new and better place.  But, look around…  each day the King of all Kings invites us to feast upon his new compassions. Not yesterday’s leftovers.  The invitation is there…. “because of his great love for us” that NEVER ends.  (Lamentations 3:22)

These beautiful verses from the Holy Bible show us new things God will do in this new year. It is the beginning of March and the newness spring brings is just around the corner. Soon, we will look out our windows and see fresh life budding all around us.  If God’s word is true, which it is, then we can be sure that new things are in store for us this year.  Can you see them? Do you perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19)

Feel like you are wondering in the wilderness? Or are you excited about a new adventure?  God tells us that he makes a way.  He’s the God of new things.  Your God makes things exist that did not exist before.  Your God creates things that have not yet been discovered.  Your God takes a human and makes a completely new creation.  Something has to die so that you can acquire a beauty you had never know before. Pride dies for humility, hate dies for love, cruelty dies for mercy, agitation dies for patience, fighting dies for peace, sorrow dies for joy, fear dies for courage and on and on his power goes.

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The old has gone…

New has come…

Humility     Love     Mercy    Patience     Peace     Joy     Courage    Hope    Freedom

Open your eyes- see, notice Him

See the new he wants to do in and through you this year.

image     He who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.Revelation 21:5

His words are “trustworthy and true”.  So, get into his word and discover all the new he has for you.

Seeking and finding,

Kalyn

The new- Part 2 coming soon.

Reflect:

Try the S.O.A.P. method with the scripture listed in the reading.

S for Scripture
Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your bible next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the verses you marked, look for one that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words in your journal.

A for Application
Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Then, write it down.

Women’s ministry fellowship idea:

Invite the ladies in your fellowship to a New Things party.

Ideas:

Ask them to bring something new to them that they treasure and be ready to share with the group about the item.

Ask them to wear something new (within the last year) earrings, shirt, socks, shoes, lipgloss.  See if the group can guess what’s new on you.

Make a new recipe to share with the group and bring copies of the recipe for others to keep.

Learn a new word and its definition the week before the gathering, then share it with the group.

Learn a new bible verse and write it on index cards to let those who the verse ministered to take the card home.

Share the scriptures listed above and ask the ladies to tell what they heard to be new in each verse.

new

n(y)o͞o/
adjective
1. not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.

2. 
already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time.

Devotionals, Home

LAVISHLY LOVED

To write the love of God above, would drain the ocean dry.   Frederick M. Lehman 1917image

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 

 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!   –  1 John 3:1

lavish ~bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities ~cover something thickly or liberally

Lavish- a Pastor once told me that being lavished with God’s love is like pouring syrup over your pancakes.  Do you lavish your pancakes with syrup the same way my family does? We’re definitely not ones to go light on the syrup!  That brown, gooey, sugary substance gets lavished over those hotcakes and quickly soaks right in mixing with the butter and melting in our mouths.imageWhen was the last time you felt lavished with love?  It could be as soon as today.

It’s the week the world focuses on love… Valentine week. Red hearts, hugs and kisses. It’s time for thinking about love. This week pause in your normal routine and for a few moments just consider God’s great love for you.  Quiet yourself for a few moments and hear him whisper… I love you.

Read one of his 66 love letters to you and hear his words of loving commitment and loving grace. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17  He loves you as if sin never happened.  He loves you without condition and beyond compare. He loves you perfectly.

As the Hebrew pastor wrote~ consider Jesus Hebrews 3:1think about your Savior, “turn your eyes upon Jesus, this love of your life- look full in his wonderful face”  “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” Hel­en H. Lem­mel 1922

imageConsider Jesus

❤ think about his  love

❤ think about his goodness

❤ think about his grace

Reflect on these scriptures about love. Contemplate them.

Read them.  Write them.  Pray them.

Journal what you hear God saying to you as you read these verses.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  – 1 John 3:1

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  – Romans 8:39

But whoever loves God is known by God.  – 1 Corinthians 8:3.

For though we have never yet seen God, when we love each other God lives in us, and his love within us grows ever stronger.  – 1 John 4:12.

Whoever does not love  does not know God, because God is love.  – 1 John 4:8

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  – Ephesians 2:4

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever.  –  Psalm 136:1

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. –  Zephaniah 3:17

       To write the love of God above, would drain the ocean dry. Frederick M. Lehman 1917

How will I respond to God’s lavish love towards me?image

Receive it. Cherish it. Spread it.

Loved,

Kalyn

Spread it: Invite some ladies over for brunch.  Mix up some pancakes and as they are lavishing thier pancakes with syrup you are lavishing them with God’s love.  Then, send them all home with 1 John 1:3 written on a card.