Good Morning Beloved



Happy Anniversary to my daughter Michele and her husband Anthony. May they always love!

Isaiah 43:18-19 

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” I like the way The Message translation puts it “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new!” When we are in Christ we are new creatures. Old things are passed away all becomes new (2 Corinthians 5:17). But oh how we love to visit our past, wallow in our circumstances. “You just don’t understand, my upbringing was abysmal”. Okay so it was! With God you CAN rise above it. Everyone has a story of their past. Mine is riddled with abandonment, disloyalty, physical and mental abuse, dissatisfaction, depression, dwelling in a pit of despair worry, fear, anxiety, sheesh! If I would dwell in my past I would be a mess. I visit my past from time to time and I reflect on how God has carried me through. I ask Him to show His hand of blessing in my life in spite of all the enemy did to try to destroy me.  The scripture here is telling us that God is doing something new. Taking up residence in the past is counterproductive. It is just that; PAST! Be alert to what God is doing today. Be present TODAY! He is about to make a “river in your desert”. Are you aware of Him? Do you see Him working in your life? Are you even choosing to allow Him to work? It is your choice to rise above your past hurts and pains. It is your choice to stop holding on to the ugly in your past regardless of how ugly it was. We get so comfortable in our pain and despair. It feels like a familiar friend when all the while it is stealing your joy and choking you out of the blessing of watching God make that new way for you. Later in this chapter God says to the Israelites “but you don’t pay a bit of attention to me, Jacob. You so quickly tire of me Israel.” Today is the day for you to choose to let go of your past and be present in your right now, today. Suffering and sorrow prove their friendship to us by stripping away all that would distract us from our Lord to show us what is truly important to us and what god we are serving. Are we still serving the god of pain and despair or are we serving the Living God of joy and peace? Healing awaits you today, right now. Pray dear one and ask our most precious Lord to do His new work in your heart! Ask Him to cause that river to spring forth in the barrenness of your parched soul. Be alert. Be present. God almighty is doing a new thing!

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