Wednesday, October 13 2021
Week 41 - #Prepare “Renew”
"Don't Delay, Renew Today"
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." - Psalm 51:10-12
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” -2 Corinthians 5:17
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” - Ephesians 4:22-24
"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” - Isaiah 40:31
Renew: to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor
No doubt my favorite season of the year for many reasons is fall.
The changing of the weather, the changing of the leaves on the trees, and the beginning of the holiday season. And of course I cannot forget to mention the pageantry and passion of college football!
Fall has it all.
Fall provides both a window for reflection of what has been discovered in weeks prior, along with a time to prepare for what is still yet to come, and renewal.
In this annual final quarter of the year, fall offers opportunities to renew my thoughts, my actions, and my relationships.
To “restore to freshness.”
Many might equate renewal as a “coming out of winter, and launching into spring.” True for many, but for me the preparation and foundation to renew starts right now…today and everyday, but especially in fall.
I say, why wait till New Years Day to renew.
In Christ no matter the season, if we truly prepare our hearts, we will experience a “restored freshness.” As part of our preparation, all we have to do is call out to our heavenly Father, saying, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” - Psalm 51:10-12
In this final 12 weeks of 2021, what needs to be made new with you?
What needs renewal today?
Maybe you need to renew a commitment; a focus; a direction? To renew a routine. To add some more vigor?
Wherever the preparation for renewing is calling you…do not wait or waiver. Heed the encouragement found in Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
DADs…lets not put off tomorrow what we can do today, putting on the new self, and suiting up without delay!
To God be the glory!
DADs “get in the game”…
Today is game day…and so is every day…
God gives you! So…C’mon Men Suit Up!
**Today we prepare to“Relent.” Next week we will consider how critical it is to prepare to “Respond."
Note: *For this new year of 2021, the combination of my age (understanding my own fragile mortality), this current and ongoing global pandemic, and most recently the personal loss I’ve experienced of one of my students, has amplified the need to land on one word...#Prepare.
In this "pursuit to prepare" I am determined to dedicate the 52 weeks of 2021 blogging every Week about one aspect of preparation God lays on my heart.
As mentioned in week 1, the word “prepare” means “to establish, fix, or apply.” It conveys the idea of deliberate effort over a prolonged period of time.
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