My husband and I recently purchased his grandmother’s house. It was time for her to have less maintenance and us to have more space. But along with more space came challenges. Difficult challenges like putting in new flooring, fixing a water leak under the concrete slab, and painting. It’s been a fun process, except the slab leak. A week without hot water was rough…rough indeed. But we are finally at a place where we can begin enjoying our new home. So, I figured while I was at it, why not renovate my blog space as well.
I wanted to refresh the look and purpose so I prayed for a verse that would define and set parameters. The verse He brought to mind was…
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
I didn’t like it. I hope that’s okay to say, LOL, that at first I didn’t like a scripture. My blog design was only going to be new for a short period of time. Then it would be old, and what good would this verse be at that point? But as I thought about it, He showed me how perfect this verse really is.
You see, this space is all about a new thing. God’s new thing. Because when it comes down to it, God is always doing new things. And unless He continues to do new things here…there really isn’t reason for this space to exist.
He is showing me that this space has purpose. I contemplated deleting my blog. I spent the past few months exploring what it would look like to stop writing. To keep the Gospel and voice of the Holy Spirit only inside my heart. But my growth suffered severely. I am finding that growth restricted to internal parameters really isn’t growth at all. True growth happens when we allow Him to stretch and bend us by stepping out of our comfort zone and sharing the transforming truth of the Gospel with others. We grow when we walk out our faith, and for me that walk involves writing – right here, right now.
I welcome you back to stephanieclayton.org with renewed and blessed assurance that this space is His. I pray God fills you with joy, peace, wisdom, renewed purpose, and strength every time you visit. I pray you begin to believe that God IS doing a new thing in your life and that you CAN believe and trust Him for ALL of His promises…nothing less. I love you sweet friends and it’s good to be home.
To celebrate I want to give a few things away. A copy of Tracie Miles book Stressed Less Living, Renee Swope’s A Confident Heart Devotional, and Dena Dyer/Tina Samples’ Wounded Women of the Bible. These are all books I have contributed to, and books I would recommend to anyone and everyone. To enter to win leave a comment below stating which book you would like to win and why and share this post on social media of some sort. I will announce the winner a week from today!
Love and Blessings,