Five Minute Friday ~ New

 

Hello friends! It’s Friday, and that means I am, once again, linking up with Kate Motaung for her Five Minute Friday (#FMFparty) writing prompt. On Fridays, I gather with a sweet group of ladies around a one word writing prompt that is tossed out by Kate at 10pm on Thursday evening. (Of course, I don’t see it until early morning on Friday.  I’m NOT a night person.) Once the word prompt is offered, we write like crazy for 5 minutes. No editing, no over-thinking, just writing. Then, we hit publish, and voila…..Five Minute Friday! So, here goes!

Today’s word prompt is ~~~ NEW!

Ready, set Go!

I love fall! It’s my favorite season. The cool, crisp temperatures, the beautiful leaves, football, fire pits, and fresh apple butter. It is all just delightful!

Fall, however, is a reminder that things wear out; things and people fade away and die. The entering of sin into the world means that our bodies wear out after just a few decades. The trees are subjected to winter’s reduction. After the fall of man, the earth felt the effects of sin, and it groans beneath the weight of it, longing once again for it’s Edenic nature. This earthly existence is slowly fading away. As much as we want to take care of the earth, and we should, the sad fact is that it is a dying earth, and we are dying people. Sin has taken it’s toll.

Ah, but there is good news. Exceptionally good news. It comes straight from the mouth of our Holy Father. Listen!

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything NEW!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 (NIV) (emphasis, mine)

For those of us who name the name of Jesus Christ, this fading, dying world is not the final chapter. God is doing a NEW thing, friends; a NEW earth with all the beauty of the Garden of Eden; a NEW heaven. A NEW body that doesn’t feel the effects of aging and sin and cancer and dementia and Ebola. A NEW mind that is focused on worshipping the Jesus, King of Kings, rather than struggling with Satan’s temptations. A NEW place where tears and pain and lying and deceit and sin do not exist. God has promised it, and I know He keeps His promises.

What in your life needs to be made NEW? Hold on, friend, your NEW is on the way!

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  • Chris Malkemes

    Preach sister, preach it! There’s a new name written down in glory and it’s mine, oh yes, it mine! See ya got me singing. Lol

    • I LOVE that song. One of my all-time favorites. Thanks for reminding me of it. It took me back to a good time in my spiritual life! Blessings to you, Chris!

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  • Sharon

    Awesome post!! I am so blessed by your most encouraging words!

    What do I need to have made new? The first thing that came to my mind was my energy level. I’m in a season of helping to care for my mother. Once a month, I travel 2 1/2 hours to stay with her for a week or two at a time. The drive is tiring, the caring is exhausting, and my spirit is weary. All of this *new normal* has come in the wake of my father passing away in January. And I am still trying to process that.

    But, the Lord promises to help us if we wait on Him. So, I’m asking for some renewed strength, for eagle wings that soar, for energy that will run and not grow weary, for legs that can walk and not faint!

    GOD BLESS!

    • Sharon, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad you were blessed by the post. It sounds like you have more on your plate than you can say grace over. I pray that God will give you strength, and fresh vision of His goodness. Bless you!!

  • In talking about the changing colors of fall with my students this week, we talked about how the prettiest colors of the leaves precede the death therein. There’s more to say on the issue, but for now, I’ll leave it for you to ponder as well. This is my favorite season of the year. Oh the glory/beauty of it all!

    • Oh, Elaine, I am acutely aware of the death that comes after the fall colors. So, it is with our lives. As one in the autumn of life, I want these years to evidence beautiful colors that point to Christ. Even when I am in my winter years, I hope I will still desire to point to Him. There is great glory and beauty in all of it. Love you, friend.

  • Anita

    The older I get, the more I appreciate this promise :).