Crumpled paper made new


I once had a friend who’d been through some tough things. I remember her saying that it’s like a crumpled piece of paper…..once it’s been crumbled, you can never smooth it out enough to make it totally like a new, clean sheet of paper. I don’t know if there are too many people that live life without regrets or things that damaged a relationship, a friendship, or choices that just hurt themselves or others. We all know that no one is perfect, but sometimes you hear people say “I have NO regrets!” Well, I do. I think Satan likes to remind us of those things as often as possible.

For no particular reason, I woke up feeling like I had so much to pray for and kind of unworthy to ask for so many things. Of course, we are unworthy in our own selves, but we are worthy when we are covered by Him.

I was pouring my coffee and said “God, I’d just love to see what Scripture You think I need to hear right now.” I randomly popped my Bible open to 1 Corinthians 6:17, 20 ….But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him….For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

That hit me.

I prayed and asked God to just reveal to me whatever He wanted me to hear. As I listened I could feel tears start to well up.

Do you remember what I started today’s thoughts with? That crumpled piece of paper.

He showed me a clean new sheet of paper when we turn our “every part” over to Him. The crumpled paper was pushed aside because He doesn’t need to smooth out those crumples. He simply allows us to be a clean sheet of new paper by being His!

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.-- Isaiah 43:19

A long while back I asked God to make His way in every part of my heart. I knew people said that is a dangerous prayer, but I knew it’d be worth the risk. It requires laying down pride. It requires allowing the Spirit to show you gently things to let Him refine. But, it IS indeed worth it. “My children just need to know that I love them.” That is something that popped up while I paused here for a minute and it is the reason we can trust Him and allow Him to make His way into our hearts in every way. Because He loves us. To me, the only way to have peace is to know God loves us…..enough to die for us. I don’t change or grow because I’m mad at myself. I change because I know God loves me and He knows how to help me and in the best timing.

I pray that you know Who's you are and allow Him to make you new

jennie


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