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A New Thing

Aug. 25, 2011


Can you feel it in the air? It's a time of new beginnings. Back to school sales. Relentless (though sometimes funny) TV ads for school supplies. Aisles crammed with new backpacks, lunch boxes—and crayons. It's the crayons that get me. All those perfect little sharp points lined up according to color. OK, so I'm a compulsive, half-German, first-born. But you've got to like the opportunity for new beginnings.

I've got new things on my mind for other reasons, too. In Dublin our daughter Erika and husband Richie are fast closing in on the due date for their second child. And in Florida our son Lars and his wife Kelly are prayerfully awaiting a match from an international adoption agency which may add two children from Congo to their family. New beginnings ahead.

Around the country, Mom to Mom groups start gearing up in August for new beginnings. New leaders are being trained. New moms are registering. New groups are being formed. I get excited just thinking about it.

It seems our God does, too. He surely is a God of new beginnings. His Word is full of references to new things. New wine, new growth, a new covenant, a new heart, a new spirit, a new song . . . Lots of new songs, for sure!

As I pray for all of you embarking on new things as Fall approaches, Isaiah 43:19 comes to mind: "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." No doubt this verse has messianic connotations. But I can't help but think it also applies to the way God works in our lives. As He goes on to say a few verses later, ". . . I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland . . ." (v. 20)

A new thing. Streams in the desert. Water in the wasteland. Isn't this something we can offer moms as they come to Mom to Mom? The good, pure water of His Word and the refreshing winds of His Spirit flowing through their mom-lives as they seek Him. A new thing. Whether they already know Jesus or are still seeking Him, our Mom to Mom community can help them gain new perspective on parenting.

How thankful I am that HE is the One Who supplies the water! We may be feeling a bit dry and parched—whether as Mom to Mom leaders or simply as moms. But I love those words from Isaiah 43:20: ". . . I provide water in the desert . . ."

I'm reminded of great words from Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest on August 31: "Be a centre for Jesus Christ to pour living water through. " (In the updated version: "Be a fountain through which Jesus Christ can pour His living water.")

It's my prayer for all of us in the Mom to Mom community. May God pour His living water through us to thirsty moms. May He do new things among us. And, as Psalm 40:3 proclaims, (forgive me for switching metaphors) put a new song in all of our hearts!
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