This week at My Paper Tree House we have a new Challenge: Something New
"Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?" - Isaiah 43:19
Let's start with a little glimpse back in history to see God at work changing hearts and lives. There are times in history when God chooses to change the course and direction of a nation in order to accomplish His purposes. It has been 150 years since America experienced what has been called the Third Great Awakening. During a period of two years (1857-59), anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 individuals were added to the church, and at that point 50,000 people were coming to Christ every week! This work of God could be considered one of those rare moments in history when God awakened an almost spiritually camatose church in order to do a "new thing".
We believe America is ripe for another great movement of God. The family has never been more vulnerable; this nation has never seen such a rapid period of moral decline; there are more "fatherless" children, a higher divorce rate, and fewer mothers at home to invest in their children's lives than at any point in our nation's history.
Our nation has succumbed to destructive ways of thinking and living that have struck a blow to the foundation of our society. Could it be that God is beginning to put in place the components necessary for Him to do a new work, to accomplish a spiritual revolution among women that will affect relationships, homes, churches, and ultimately our nation?
It is natural to fear change, to be cautious of a "new" way of thinking. But are you willing to consider that there may be some things that need to be changed, not only in our nation, not only in your friends' lives, but in your own heart? This could be the time that God wants to do a new work in your life!
Would you humbly ask the Lord if there are areas where change is needed in your life? As we individually respond to the work of the Spirit of God, as we line up our lives under the authority of His Word, the impact of our obedience may grow into a powerful rushing wind that will sweep across our nation, birthing a "new thing"!
Take Time to Reflect:
Isaiah 43 is filled with comforting reassurances of God's unfailing commitment to His people. Although as a nation Israel had repeatedly turned from Him and encountered His judgment, He was giving His people the promise of a "new work". As you read through the closing verses of this chapter, see what parallels you can find with our nation's spiritual condition and also with your own spiritual condition. Ask God to perform the necessary heart preparation in order for you to receive the "new thing" that He desires to accomplish in your life.
I really hope you would join us in this journey of allowing God to take over our world... :)
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Save the Date by: Jenny B. Jones
This was the first time I have read a book by Jenny B. Jones and let me tell you I loved it. The book is about a young, beautiful and kind hearted girl named Lucy Wiltshire who runs a home for children who have been left behind after completing the foster care program. Lucy has put her heart and soul into Saving Grace helping girls get on their feet; however her funds are dwindling down fast and her biggest supporter Sinclair Hotels has just cut her off. Lucy is in desperate need of funding for her girls or Saving Grace will be shut down. Lucy runs into an old schoolmate Alex Sinclair a former NFL player who was once called the "Playboy" and really has no interest in him until he proposes a deal with her to fund Saving Grace as long as she proved worthy enough to be his faux fiancé in order to win his place in Congress. The only thing was Lucy never ever intended to fall deeply madly in love with Alex Sinclair. I thoroughly enjoyed falling in love with both Lucy and Alex through their whirlwind of a romance. It was so great to read a book about love, grace and forgiveness.
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