Day One

I heard this song as I was driving to work this morning and have since heard it at least twice more today. It resonates today as I just feel like I’m in such a good place, regardless of the craziness abounding. I’m trying not to let that take me captive and instead doing the “next right thing.”

“It’s Day One of the best of my life.” I remember hearing people say that their 30s were great; I shrugged it off as I wasn’t yet there. I hit them and began to wonder “What’s so great about this? I’m single and I’m really not fond of myself; inside or out.” Oh, how things have changed!

I can do nothing but thank God for that.

For His mercies that are new every day.

For His love that endures forever.

For His hand that I cannot be snatched out of.

I feel as if I’m finally coming into my own. It only took 33 years, that’s not so bad, right? I appreciate the woman God has made me to be and am excited for what He has planned next. This year itself (and we’re only 4 months in) has held a few firsts and other surprises that I could not have foreseen or imagined. And good or bad, I have come through them stronger.

I’m done wishing and am working with God to become who He has made me to be. I used to think that starting over meant that I had failed previously. While that may hold true in some cases, it is more important to focus on the fact that starting over means having the benefit of a clean slate. In Christ we get that. Every. Single. Day.

Are you ready for Day One?

Love & Blessings,

KJ

Fix My Eyes

A new year has come and my goal is firmly set. This seems like a good theme song for it. It took a while for me to really hear all of the words – in fact I think it was only yesterday when I really heard & understood the first few lines. This morning I also read some verses that seem to speak on the same thing:

A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,

but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. – Proverbs 17:24

So here’s your challenge (and mine) for the day: fix your eyes on the One who gives all wisdom. In doing that, anyone else who is watching will see where your heart and priorities really are. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll ask you what it’s all about.

Love & Blessings,

KJ

The Broken Beautiful

As a quick follow-up to the other day; this song has been an anthem of sorts for me since I heard it for the first time. It’s really amazing. Just take a few moments to think of all the ways God has taken your brokenness and has turned it into His beauty. And if you can’t see that, if it hasn’t happened yet, know that He’s waiting for you. He sent His son, Jesus, to pay our penalty, to take on our sin, so we would not have to. Jesus did so, willingly, to save us from God’s wrath. To save us from our own sin, our ugliness, if you will. So we could have a relationship with Him and rise beautiful from the ashes of our former selves.

If anyone in in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone; behold the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

How are you letting God show His beauty in you today?

Love & Blessings,
KJ

Promises

I heard this for the first time as I was driving home last night and was surprised to find out it came out like 2 years ago…where was I? It’s a great reminder when we feel things going from bad to worse. There are so many promises made known to us through God’s Holy Word. One of the very best to remember is this:

Romans 8:35-39
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Love & Blessings,
KJ