New Beginnings

Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” I love the challenge of starting something new. I have a creative side so no matter if it’s a new project, a new phase in life, a new thought with potential or a challenge when someone says I can’t do it because it’s impossible, I’m up for it. Little did I know that God would use this personality trait for one of the hardest challenges …

The Bradford Pear and the Oak: a Metaphor

Opening the door to my car a few weeks ago, I saw it.  The beginnings of the white blossoms on the Bradford Pear tree. My heart rejoiced.  Spring is here! Over the coming weeks, I watched in awe as the multitude of Bradford Pears began to bloom into a snowy canvas of beauty. Then the white blossoms began to give way to brilliant green leaves. As I drank the beauty of another life-after-death example in God’s creation in these weeks, I noticed that the larger trees looked like they were still living in the dead of winter. But just this week, …

“The Old has Gone, the New has Come….”

Life, in its very nature, is full of new beginnings. New births, new years, new seasons, new growth and development, new relationships, new schools, new jobs, new homes…life is full of “new,” all of which can be exciting and hopeful, but also scary, uncertain and intimidating. God created us for change. He knew we would be born sinners, and his heart’s desire is that we change. He even sent his only son to die so that we would change, so that we would have a new beginning. Yes, there are many new beginnings on this journey called life, but our …