This morning as I spent some time in devotion, I closed my eyes and let myself get lost in the beauty of the instrumental, as well as the words of this gorgeous song – New Wine, by Hillsong Worship.
Wow! Just Wow!
Do you know this song? My church sings this song frequently so I know the words, but this morning they touched me to my soul.
In reflection, my whole life I have struggled with fear of failure and fear of rejection, mostly because of the dysfunctional pattern and deep hurts of my growing up years. Maybe you have struggled with some of these too? Well, over the years I learned – by doing OVER and OVER, until I FINALLY did it – to laydown these #lifehurts that kept me tied up in knots and afraid. And last year I finally laid down the 20-yr old #deepgrief of losing my beautiful son when he was just 9 yrs old. My heart is renewed!
So now, with the beginning of 2019, after much prayer, my spiritual #WordfortheYear is Courage. Courage! Me? Little #MuchAfraid? (If you are not familiar with the character, Much Afraid, you might want to check out the soul-stirring book, Hinds’ Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard). Oh boy!
So, this morning, in reflecting on this new #courage, along with this gorgeous song, this Verse also hits me hard:
No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. Luke 5:37-38
Woah! Did you get that?
Wow! I FINALLY did! What I finally get now is this: In the crushing, in the pressing of each #lifehurt I endured, as Jesus loved me through each one, he was making New Wine in me. And as an adult, as I laid down each crushing, breaking #lifehurt at the alter, Jesus fashioned a piece of my new wineskin out of each hurt. And as I finally laid down my last deep #lifehurt – my #deepgrief – my new wineskin was complete and ready for filling up with all that New Wine!
Whew! Oh! My! Goodness!
Now, with my spiritual new #WordfortheYear, Courage, I realize it’s time, yes, it’s time to pour myself OUT of my old wineskin and right INTO my new wineskin! Woohoo! And oh yes, it’s also time to embrace my true treasure, *Matt 6:19-20, which is helping women find healing from their lifetime of hurts. For me, this specifically means finishing my book #LayItAllDown, putting myself out there and getting it published! Do you know what YOUR true treasure is? Are you embracing it?
Oh my Goodness, YES! This is so exciting!
2019 is the year that I fully embrace being whole, complete, and courageously new!
I am NEW WINE and I live in a NEW WINESKIN!
Jesus, make me Your vessel, make me an offering, make me whatever You want me to be! Jesus, bring new wine out of me!
Dear Reader, how about you – are you still living in your old wineskin? Do you have life hurts you want/need to lay down so they won’t hurt you any more? Are you still wandering through the desperate journey of deep grief and don’t know how to climb up out of it? Whatever it is that might be hurting you, holding you back, I implore you to take it up with your Heavenly Father, who loves you to distraction, who wants BETTER for you. He is just waiting for you to come to Him, with ALL your heart, telling Him what you need. He already knows what you need and is just waiting to help you – He just wants to hear it from you. Beloved, He will help you through it. I know He will, because He lovingly carried me through all of mine.
I’d love to pray for you too if you’d like to leave a comment and I will lift you up to our Heavenly Father, our Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, asking Him to help you, to give you courage and strength and to see you through as He, our Jehovah Raphe, our Healer God, draws you into healing and your new wineskin! He can and He will if you will just ask Him.
Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.
*Matthew 6:19-20 NASB“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
The last few weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Launch team for Jerry B. Jenkins new novel, Dead Sea Rising, including having live video chats with him about this debut novel in his new series, Dead Sea Chronicles. If you’re not familiar with #JerryJenkins, prolific author, you may be familiar with his blockbuster series, Left Behind, which has been made into several movies. That series left so many of us biting our nails, up all night, voraciously reading until the very last page of each book. This new series may do the same, and the first book, Dead Sea Rising is in bookstores now, with more info and free chapters at DeadSeaRising.com. If you’re looking for a good book to cuddle up with and binge read, this is for you!
Dead Sea Rising is the new release from Jerry B. Jenkins (of the megahit, Left Behind Series) and Book One in his new Dead Sea Chronicles Series.
This book was a compelling read for me, at times thrilling, tense, and sweetly romantic in spots. Though not my normal type of read, I did enjoy it and particularly appreciated the archeological facts and Biblical history.
While reading, we flip back and forth between two main time periods, places and characters – modern day Manhattan and ancient Mesopotamia. A third time period from the Viet Nam War Era comes into play giving valuable background info on modern day Manhattan character, Dr. Ben Berman, and Charm, a young and beautiful Vietnamese woman.
The modern day Manhattan story line revolves around Dr. Nicole Berman, archeologist, and her quest to win a dig license in Saudi Arabia. Nicole believes she is on the brink of discovery that would change Middle Eastern history forever. But is it possible that there is someone out there trying to stop her at all costs, and is this person responsible for her mother’s injuries?
The ancient Mesopotamia story line finds Biblical character, Terah, in one hot spot after another serving his many gods, and as King Nimrod’s Chief Officer. It is remarkable here to see how Jerry Jenkins (with Biblical consulting from Dr. Craig Evans) takes the few Biblical facts we do know about Terah, the birth of his son, Abram, later known in the Bible as Abraham, and those around him and weaves them into an intriguing story of love, loyalty, conflict and loss.
I reminded myself as I flipped the pages, that this is book one in an upcoming series, which usually means the setup of characters and story lines that will be fleshed out and continued in greater detail in books to come. With that in mind, I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Sea Rising and look forward to the release of Book Two!
There’s something to be said for a writing that gives you great inspiration, especially in times of great turmoil. We, in America, right now are in great turmoil.
With the close of our presidential election, 2016, we find violence in the streets, word violence all over social media, and heartache in our souls. I will admit that I’ve had great trouble not hitting that reply button on Facebook to forever mark my righteous opinion or indignation in answer to an unacceptable comment regarding the election. Ha! The struggle is real, folks.
And when it comes to the media and what their mass message to women right now is – my righteous anger is ignited almost more than I can bear! But, that’s for another post! This post is for peace 🙂 I need a little peace right now, how about you?
Well, this afternoon I came across some familiar, but currently forgotten words and my heart was uplifted and inspired with fresh hope. Yes! Hope! I realized anew that here is a way to make a positive difference, to soothe a little hurt, to rise above all the ugliness going around today everywhere we look! Yes!
Read these inspirational words:
Love(yes, this says love, not hate) from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil;hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. Romans 12:9-21 The Message (MSG)
Get the best of evil by doing good. One good deed at a time. I know that to do good right now may seem a little hopeless and to some even pointless.
But take heart my friends!
Doing good in times of trouble is a tried and true recipe for positive change! And if your heart, like mine, is weary of all the angry, destructive, political rhetoric, then I hope that you will bathe your heart, your spirit, your very soul in these beautiful words of hope from Paul. And then go out and do something good! Post a positive message or a smiling selfie. Don’t let the political “evil” take over your heart, which is the center of who you are. No – run for dear life from it! Yikes! Hold on for dear life to good instead! Set your mind on something good!
Put some love back into your heart – you know, like the song lyrics, put a little love in your heart. (I hope you will watch this as well as listen.)
Try to love, and love deeply – for REAL! And remember – this means unselfishly. No ulterior motives 🙂 Do something generous for someone else, especially someone who you disagree with. Warning: This might make you feel really good!
Get the best of evil by doing good!
And soothe your heart. Spread some love. Spread some hope. Spread some peace.
#spreadsomelove #spreadsomehope #spreadsomepeace
And just maybe the world will start being a better place, for you, for me, just wait and see!
16 “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
So, today, live your life beautifully, do good, do what’s right, and don’t do what’s wrong; seek God’s heart. And pray – for yourself, for your family, for your friends. And pray with belief that God attends to your prayers; pray with Faith,
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.”
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.”
Don’t let the broken curves of your life defeat you! Take those twists, turns, breaks, curves, and pieces and let them form the stronger, wiser backbone of the amazing, life-filled person you are capable of being! You can do it!
Then triumph over those scars by putting them to GOOD use! – Use your experience in surviving your scars to help others get through their own broken curves and scars. God can and will help you make something good out of your life, no matter what is in your past, if you let Him.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.(2 Corinthians 5:17)
…but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13-14)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and [b]we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.(Romans 5:1-5)
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.(James 1:2-6)
Have faith in the One who created you and planned for good things in and from your life – before you were even born! Just believe in Him and ask Him to help you and He will!
Then change your life for the good! I am cheering for you ❤