So, I have a New Look… OK, I’m talking blog here! 🙂
Truthfully, I haven’t been on it for a while.
I’ve been doing family stuff; and designing/creating greeting cards; and sewing (discovered that I particularly like making bunting – each piece is unique and quite satisfying).
Basically life keeps me very busy, and today is the first time that I have spent any time – apart from observing the occasional email – on the PC.
I have a very simple mobile/cell phone which is just for the sake of texting to and fro – for obvious reasons – and, of course, calls.
No social networking. (Unlike my daughter’s phone!)
In fact it’s great!
It allows me more time to actually get on with living.
I use it for waking up every morning.
I also use it for alerting me to the shortness of time before getting to do the school run – if needed; in short, a good excuse to walk the dog and collect my youngest child in one swoop!
My phone does have a calendar facility though, but I don’t use it.
Calendars are great, if you use them!
And, I guess blogs with calendar themes are not so great for busy would-be-bloggers-if-they-had-enough-time… A daily tell-tale sign of not putting in enough effort, perhaps. Not in my case.
Following my ‘arrest’ by eldest daughter to a call for action on Facebook this evening, my wandering attention was then drawn to the idea of visiting my blog.
Seems sensible, doesn’t it? ‘Kill’s two birds with one stone’, as the saying goes – not that I have any intention of ever doing that… Probably not the most apt scenario!
Having allowed some time out from my craft/writing shed, the further delay of washing up dishes from dinner and the almost continual process of doing the laundry, I found myself in front of the family’s PC choosing a new theme, with associated changes to background/header/font colours, etc.
A timely decision I had put off for quite a while!
So here it is: Voila!
It’s great having a new look…
And a change is good, every now and then…
After all, it’s not healthy to get stuck in a rut, is it?
Bearing in mind this blog is not just about me, but about my faith too, it’s worth mentioning at this point that a change of heart can be a good thing.
My decision to have a change of heart took on a new look in the eyes of God, when I became a Christian.
I feel that the following bible verses are helpful in understanding this change of heart concept:
‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart’.
‘Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh’.
2 Corinthians 5:17
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here’.
Certainly, the attitude of one’s heart is is an ongoing thing; a daily challenge, if you like.
We have to be careful not to get stuck in the rut of thinking:
“Ok, so I am now a believer in Jesus and God… I am saved and will go to heaven, for sure. Thank you, God… Now I can just get on with my life, and get back to normal…”
But, is this possible?
Changing one’s heart takes us in a new direction.
A new Christian is someone who has been lifted off the old road – leading to sure destruction, and lovingly placed onto a freshly made path.
Put simply, a life changing decision… A new start in life… A new journey!
The choice of believing and been forgiven for all things past is permanent.
Even so, it is still possible to make wrong choices throughout the duration of just one day.
Each day is a new one in Christ Jesus and we have a daily, if not minute-by-minute opportunity of following his ways.
We are human.
Sometimes we make bad decisions.
There are many ways in which we can ‘fail’ ourselves…
“Sorry Lord, for getting so irritated by the kids and shouting at them”
“Sorry Lord, for having a spot of road rage in the traffic queue; oh, and at the roundabout”
We can disappoint God by our actions.
Fortunately, GOD LOVES US… despite our ‘failings’!
He understands mankind.
He is very good at forgiving.
In fact, he can give us a New look, and a great Change of Heart…
…daily, for the rest of our lives.
Thank you, God.