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Friday, April 18, 2014

Reflecting on Spring, All things New, & Easter: Fuel Your Faith Fridays

My friend Jessica has had a new linky going for awhile now and I've finally found the time to join in. Easter time is by far one of my favorite times of the year so I think it's perfect timing to link up.

 

I'm currently sitting on my front porch blogging. It's not silent, there are many birds chirping along. There is a cool breeze, yet it's nice enough to wear a t-shirt. Out front, the first of the Iris' are starting to come up. It's definitely {finally} spring time here.

I love spring for the renewal it brings. It seems, to me at least, in the winter I'm fairly lazy. I want to cuddle up and just do things that can be done from the comfort of my blanket fortress. Come spring though, all of the new life, fresh air, and sunshine inspire me to leave the comfort of my covers and accomplish so much more. I love the newness the fresh start.

The newness and the freshness of spring is one thing. It's great. However, when Easter rolls around I'm more reflective of a change in my life that brought something new to me, that refreshed and restored me.

I am not perfect. I am a sinner. I mess up more times a day than I can count. I don't deserve what I have in life. I am nothing on my own. By myself, I am as incomplete as incomplete can be.

Something changed. Something big happened. Several years ago, I recognized these pitfalls in myself. Taking a conscious look at myself I knew I had fallen short. I am a perfectionist in many aspects of my life, yet spiritually there was a longing, and a realization of how unworthy I was.
 For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. Romans 3:23
And in those moments of seeing who I was, what I was, what I brought to the table; I knew deep within me that I had fallen short. However, a loving Savior, was willing to look past, to see the damaged person that I was and accept me for who I am.
For if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will cleans us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9.
I was unrighteous. I was a mess. I had no way of making it on my own. I am so very, very thankful that God had a plan for people like me. He knew I'd mess up. He knew I would think I had everything figured out. He had a plan.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever should believe in Him would have everlasting life.  John 3:16
For God so loved me, Christy, that He sent His only Son to die for me. He loved me that much. He loves you that much.

I still mess up. I mess up countless ways everyday. I serve and I love a God who no matter what time of the year wants a relationship with me.

So as I sit back, soak in the newness of spring: the fresh air, the new blooms. I am also sitting and reflecting back on all that transpired, the great love that there was to make me new too.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has gone away; behold all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17.

3 comments:

  1. I love spring for all those reasons too Christy!! Christmas is my favorite holiday for many reasons, but the thing I love most about Easter is the promise of hope and renewal that comes with it!
    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  2. Beautifully and truthfully stated. Thank you.

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