Sunday, October 1, 2017

Becoming new...

We have quite a few bibles of differing translations in our home.
Some very old, others a bit younger, and there's a few newbies too. 

Bibles are placed around the home so that wherever we take time to rest one is within an arm's reach ready to opened, waiting to fill our souls with the life source we cherish, God's very own words of truth, hope, strength, comfort, correction and love.

One of our newer bibles has a black cover and to be honest I'm not keen on black so yesterday I christened the sewing room in our new home by making a fabric cover in soft pastels, finishing with a blue button on the spine which secures a pink ribbon tie.

I placed it on the dining room table in preparation for my pre-dawn time with the Lord, stroking the soft cover and smiling at the transformation of dark to light.

And that's when I remembered today's Scripture.

I pondered the significance of creating something new and lovely from an object dark and unwelcoming, then realised this was exactly what Jesus had done for me.

My life was a mess, littered with sorrow, regrets, anger and the consequences of many wrong choices.
I wore black every day, a reflection of the woman I had become, a person I no longer liked nor understood. Life looked and felt hopeless, I could see no way out.

But then Jesus.

First date with Mr E and he took me to church.
First night at church and Jesus accepted me in to a new life with Him.
That new life made me a new creation, the old me passed away and I became a new woman washed clean in the blood of the Lamb, never again to know hopelessness, never again to embrace darkness.

A Light had shone in my darkness and it guides me still, twenty six years later.

I don't know what your darkness is like, but I never want to return to mine.

Has my life been easier?
Yes, but not easier in the sense that all things have gone my way, quite the opposite in fact. I've faced more loss and trial than I could have imagined a quarter century ago.
But I didn't face any of it alone. 

When I fell in heap Jesus caught me.
When my heart was shattered He gently held every piece together and gradually over time the healing began.
When I screamed in anguish He listened without rebuke until I could utter no more pain and then gathered me to His heart and cried with me.

I wouldn't change a thing in this life if it meant not having Him.

Jesus, my Saviour, my King, my Redeemer, my God.

And yours.


Anonymous said...

Yes Hello Jenny, I've been through a lot in life, and like you, I would rather choose to go through it with Jesus, rather than without him. I think I would have been six foot under without him. He is a rock and anchor in the storms of life. How lovely, that Mr E took you to church for your first date!

Little Penpen said...

Another beautiful post! I love that your hubby took you to church on your first date. God was in it, for sure!

Sandy said...

Thanks Jenny for this beautiful reminder.

Tammy said...

Beautiful post Jenny.. Love that you all went to church on your first date. That speaks volumes.....I am happy to have God in my life. I couldn't make it a day without him. I depend on him more and more. God loves you and so do I my friend and I am glad he brought you into my life. Hugs from South Carolina, USA today

Kristy said...

Jenny -
You always seem to have a word of encouragement for me right when I need it. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. You are a very special person and Jesus is speaking loud and clear from your life. I am so glad you have found a new place to live and are making it yours. Have a lovely Sunday. K-

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful testimony, Jenny. That's a great parable, too. Parables make everything so clear. The rain falls on all of us, but those who choose Christ have a wonderful umbrella and a strength to carry on.

Tena said...

Aren't you glad that the Lord meets us right where we are? He loves us and accepts us even while we were yet sinners. Amen!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Thanks for Blessing us with your story....Gentle Hugs.

Robin in New Jersey said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony and your life with us Jenny. You are a blessing and an encouragement. May the Lord continue to bless you. I can not even imagine what my life would be like or where I would be with out Jesus.

Winifred said...

That was a lovely post Jenny. Very moving, thank you.