Happy first day of Spring!
Here in West Tennessee it doesn’t exactly feel like spring, but I know it’s right around the corner! How do I know it’s right around the corner? Well because my husband has mowed once already, my daffodils are in full bloom, my tulips are right on the verge of opening up, the leaves of my lilies are peaking from the ground, and my trees are beginning to show foliage.
This is what I love about springtime, NEW LIFE! Isn’t that the first thing we notice when March arrives? As we marvel in God’s creation, we notice that the dreariness of winter is slowly fading and new life is originating.
I don’t know where you are in life right now. You may be standing victoriously on the mountaintop or you may be trudging through the ditches, but let me encourage you...a new day has come! God has provided a way for us to have not only a new start, but more importantly, new life through His son. I love that springtime reminds us that God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and He is continuing to do a new work in us. He will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19).
Maybe winter brings darkness and depression your way. I have friends that truly deal with mood changes with the different seasons. The shorter days, the colder nights, and the lack of sunshine can have great impact on your body. But all of that is now fading away and growth is sprouting forth! It’s a beautiful reminder of Easter as we enter Holy Week and the journey that Jesus took to the cross. Let’s be mindful that all of this took place for you and for me. He bore our sins and our shame so that we may have life and have it abundantly! Because of His great sacrifice and the darkness that prevailed as He hung on the cross, amazing beauty came three days later!
God sent His one and only son (John 3:16), Jesus, so that those who believe on His name would have new life and be born again (1 Peter 1:3). We immediately become changed on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17)! When we come to Jesus, we are not merely “turning over a new leaf,” we are beginning new life under the Lordship of Christ (Romans 6:4). When we are transformed by the Holy Spirit our perspective changes. We see our life, we see others, and we see God’s creation in a whole new way. And it’s something that can never, ever be taken from us. Once a child of God, always a child of God (Romans 8:38-39)! What beauty and hope in that promise.
Scripture has much to say about the word “new”, let’s take a look:
Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
And he who was seated on the throne said,
“Behold, I am making all things new.”
If you are struggling right now in your walk with Christ, I pray that you will take time, read, and cling to His promises.
If you are not a believer and you want to know about this new life we speak of, please reach out to us on Facebook or at ByFaithSheGirls@byfaithshe.com. We would love to tell you more about our Jesus!
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!