April 10, 2011

Resurrection Redemption Restoration and Fixing What’s Broken

Jesus came that we may have (and ENJOY) *LIFE* and have it abundantly… to the full…..filled to the brim till it overflows. John 10:10
Living life ABUNDANTLY.


 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Life is meant to be enjoyed…..not endured.
It doesn’t matter if it’s broken…….or if YOU are broken.  He asks us to come JUST as we are…….at any given moment.  In whatever state we find ourselves or our circumstances.  To run----not hesitate-----but RUN to Him.    




Because you see?  The Author of Life Himself is into making something exquisitely beautiful out of nothing....creating BEAUTY from ashes.  He can do that.  

All around us is evidence of CREATION.  LIFE.  RESTORATION.

Spring from a cold dark Winter and all of LIFE that comes with it.  Babies being born.  Caterpillars wrapping themselves up and emerging as beautiful and colorful butterflies. 

Creation constantly renewing itself.





 He created it all from nothing.  He can resurrect what is void of any evidence of life and make it VIBRANTLY alive.
 You can be confident in this:  You will see the goodness of the LORD
   in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart
   and wait for the LORD.  Psalm 27:13-14

...............……things are still unfolding.  Life is coming.


 “The world is full of resurrections. Every night that folds us up in darkness is a death; and those of you who have been out early and have seen the first of the dawn will know it-the day rises out of the night like a being that has burst its tomb and escaped into life”  - George MacDonald

This is an excerpt from an article I recently read that speaks to all of these things…………………………………….."There cannot be a resurrection unless there is first a death.  In light of Christ’s promise to make us a new, this is a scary thought, even scarier if it’s true that He didn’t just make us new once, but continues to make us new with every breath we takeThis means that life in Christ is as much about death as resurrection…………………….If God is telling a story, and the main character of that story is Christ, then the theme of the story is resurrection.  God is in the business of fixing what’s broken.  He makes all things new. 
 

THIS IS THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL.




So when I find that life conspires to frustrate me, to wear me down, to break me,----even to kill me-----I shouldn’t be surprised.  It’s right that I should lament, that this suffering should bring sorrow.  But in the end we will give thanks..........

because the Author of the story is Love Himself.
And love is a good thing, all evidence to the contrary.”  -Andrew Peterson (an excerpt from his article “Fixing What’s Broken” in HomeLife magazine)

It’s not the end.
...........................................It’s a beginning. 

Because of resurrection HOPE.   
Because of redeeming LOVE.  
Because of restoration LIFE.   
And the Author of it all.






Nichole Nordeman-Every Season

Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice You
In children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer
And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice You when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
You are autumn
And everything in time and under heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
Shivers underneath
And still I notice you
When branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter
And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring


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