“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Anne ShirleyFrom L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 21
A Fresh New Year
That thought from one of my favorite literary heroines sums up how I feel about 2019. (Yes, I’m a literature geek and a former high school English teacher.)
From mid-December until this week, I spent a refreshing month away from blogging and social-media posting. During that time, I spent time with my family, celebrating the Christmas season. Then, last week, Dave and I spent a week cruising through the western Caribbean with friends, celebrating our 30th wedding anniversaries.
A Fresh Message
During the month away from writing, I asked Jesus to show me if He still has something that He wants me to say through this blog and through social media (see my Facebook page “The Rooted Life,” or follow me on Twitter or Instagram) . I had planned to work on a third book, Transformed, in the Rooted Life Series for personal growth and devotional reading, a book like Led and Surrendered. Still, I wondered, Is that where Jesus wants me to focus my attention? As He leads me in learning and writing Transformed, I will share most of the book here, on the blog.
The Holy Spirit has directed me to this focus for 2019: Transformation. I’ve been reading through the New Testament and noting how people reacted to Jesus as they encountered Him. Some people were transformed, like Nicodemus (John 3) and the Samaritan woman (John 4). Some people encountered Him without being transformed. Which person am I? Which person are you? We may know Him, yet we may not have experienced His power to transform us. These words in Ephesians 3:16 keep returning to my thoughts,
. . . that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, . . .
I’m pretty sure that I have only experienced a thimble full of His power. How about you? How would you describe the power you’ve experienced in your spiritual life?
A Fresh Power
Will you join me in seeking transformation this year? Here’s where the story of our transformation begins:
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 1in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.Colossians 1:13-14 NASB
That rescue began a whole new life for us. Picture the butterfly breaking out of the chrysalis and stretching its delicate wings.
This year, I’m also creating a freedom network, training coaches, and writing a curriculum for those seeking freedom. That work represents a new place for me to focus my time and energy. I’ll share those lessons here, too.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.Colossians 2:7 NLT