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All Things New
12/30/2016 6:23:00 AM by: Hanna Inman

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 (NLT)

 

Well, here we are (finally) at the end of 2016. Let me tell you, while there were a lot of good things that happened this year, it’s definitely not a year I’d like to repeat. And just in my circle of influence, I know it’s been that way for a lot of other people. So, I hope to give you some encouragement if you have had a rough go of it this year, too.

Do you remember how it felt to graduate the eighth grade? It kind of felt like you were on top of the world because you were now going to be a high school student! Only, when that first day of high school arrived, you kind of felt like you got a kick in the stomach - though you’re now in high school, you’re just a freshman. Well, my 2016 was just like that, to put it gently.

That’s kind of how it is when you’re following Jesus though. We’re built up and broken down, again and again. It’s how we grow. The same way a vinedresser prunes grapevines after a fruitful season, our Father, the Vinedresser, prunes us. Did you know that after the growing season, it’s the heaviest fruit-bearing vines that are cut? The strongest vines from those then become the heaviest fruit-bearing vines for the next growing season. But those cuts sting!

Over the past year and a half, the Lord has pruned away all kinds of things from my life – even the good things! Actually, it’s been mostly good things. But as those things produce all of the fruit that they are going to, it’s time to make room for new fruit. Get that, “new fruit” because He makes all things new.

And it’s in that verse where I find my comfort and build my faith:  “Look, I am making everything new [present tense]… What I tell you is trustworthy and true,” (emphasis mine). From this verse, I am reminded that He is trustworthy. He knows what’s best for me. I can trust His timing AND His pruning. That’s not to say that when I am in the thick of it I handle it well always - I don’t (trust me, I shed more tears this year than in the past five years). But hindsight is 20/20, isn’t it? We can look back and see that He was in control all along, and we grow to trust Him even more.

So, here’s to a beautiful new year! May yours be filled with more trust in your heavenly Father and may you know and experience the kindness of Jesus more than ever before!

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Hanna Inman

National Communications and Administrative Coordinator


Comments

Kipper From Duluth, GA At 12/30/2016 6:16:14 PM

Here''s to more spiritual fruit for His Kingdom in 2017! Thanks for all you do.

BJ Cloys From Simpsonville, SC At 12/30/2016 11:41:15 AM

Absolutely Beautiful Hanna!

Rob From Green At 12/30/2016 10:56:50 AM

Wow, Hanna, thanks for that! The Lord is using you greatly already, with more abundance of fruit to come!

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