Blog Redux

Beauty: the best feature or advantage of something
Redux: (Latin) adj. – brought back, restored

One of the most precious verses to me, one that I often re-read as a reminder of God’s promises, is Isaiah 61:3.

...and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

I remember when I “rededicated” my life to Christ in my early 20’s. “Rededicated”. That word seems trite to me, in a “born-again” kind of way, but I can’t think of an alternate word that adequately expresses what took place in my heart and soul during that point in time.

All I know is that I was raised in church, so I was familiar with all the lingo from an early age. I was “saved” at camp when I was 12, and was “baptized” shortly therafter. I attended church at least three times a week, but the more immersed into my teenage years I got, the “farther away” I got from “the Truth”. Put any kind of label on it you want; the truth is I was rebellious and selfish and thought more of myself than of God for a long, long time. And those years were the darkest of my life.

I did many things I was ashamed of, and hurt a lot of people who cared about me, but God was waiting for me on the other side. He took the mess I had made of my life, the ashes if you will, and turned it into something beautiful. My life today is a testament to his mercy and grace and love.

I’m rededicating my blogging to Him. His grace IS amazing. I know the depths of His love. His mercies are new every day. I want to share the very limited scope of what I’ve discovered about Him.

My other two attempts at blogging were just that – trying it out to see what this whole blogging thing was about. I kept hearing over and over that I needed to find my focus, but I was having a hard time doing it. Maybe it’s because I was trying too hard to be just one thing. Nobody is just one thing. I am the sum of my parts. I have been broken, and reformed. Everything, good and bad, that has happened to me is a part of who I am today: an amalgamation of 37 years of life experience, 15 years of marriage, and 2 children worth of growth (both physically and emotionally).  I am unabashedly, me. And this is my blog.

*** old blog posts imported

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