Last week, my daughter had another baby, giving us our sixth grandchild! It was certainly an exciting day! His big brother and I were in the lobby waiting for them to announce the birth. He said, “Grandma, I am so excited, I can hardly hold it all in.” He’s been working hard in first grade learning self-control and it was so funny to hear his struggle as I could certainly relate. I, too, have a tendency to get excited about things and sometimes lose control. I remember the day I realized I had fallen in love with Jim. I couldn’t believe what had happened and I just had to tell him. However, it didn’t just come out in a simple, “I love you.” I thought about it all day and struggled with how and when to tell him. Then all of a sudden, it just blurted out, “I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU! We still laugh about it.
Talking about getting excited, with Spring just around the corner, I am finding it hard to contain myself. Last week we set our clocks an hour forward and now we are having more light in the evenings. I’m really loving that! When we start getting more sun and the flowers start to bud, I literally come alive.
Isn’t a new beginning refreshing? We have new babies and they’re oh so cool. What an awesome miracle they are to everyone involved. Then we get a change of seasons, at least here in Ohio, and we get excited about the newness of the world around us. First Spring and then Easter comes. Easter reminds us of the most important new beginning we can have. You see, for those who will believe Jesus’ death on the cross was the sacrifice for their sins, confess their sins of their old life, and ask Him to come into their lives as their Savior; they get a new beginning. The old life is gone and the new life begins. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fact that we have a Savior that gives us a new beginning…a chance to do things right.
Who do you know that needs a new beginning? Maybe it’s you! Say a prayer today for you or someone you know that needs a change. God is so willing to give you the strength to get out of the rut you’re in and give you a new start. He doesn’t care what you’ve done, where you’ve been or who you are. He just wants you to be His. He wants you to experience the excitement of a new life in Him! He wants to bless you with a new awareness of the world around you; just as though you were a child again. He LOVE, LOVE, LOVES you! Knowing that I am loved by the Creator of the Universe and Most High God, I get excited! So excited I can hardly hold it all in! I hope by now, you’re excited too!
In fact, now that we’ve been reminded of how exciting a life with God can be, this is a great time to invite those you know need a little excitement in their lives to church. Easter will be here in just a couple of weeks. Easter and Christmas are the two holidays even non-Christians will say, “Yes,” and attend. Start making your invitation list today. If prayerfully done, God will bless and guide you to those who He knows need a change of season! If it’s you, here’s your invitation. I’ve planted the thought, now you go find a local church you feel God is calling you to attend. He will be faithful to lead you there as well. All you have to do is ask! If you’re local, come to church with me! We’d love to have you.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your stories of your new beginnings. I’m absolutely positive I am not the only person who has exciting God stories to tell. Won’t you be a blessing and share? All of you wannabe bloggers who haven’t done it yet…here’s your chance! Give God some praise and share it with others to encourage and excite them in their walk with Him. Thank you all for being such a blessing to me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you all! Have a great week and don’t forget to go out and be a blessing!
1 Thessalonians 5:11(NIV) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Psalm 5:11 (NKJV) But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.