Thursday, February 6, 2014

Discarded Made New

Have you ever felt...



like an old piece of furniture
left on the side of the road?

chippy, shabby
broken, and unclean?

rough around the edges?

In your attempt to feel good enough,
you may clean up the outside.

Still, broken and chipped on the inside. 

We want approval and recognition from others, 
seeking to feel significant.

Angie Smith in What Women Fear write,

Certainly, it's nice to feel like you matter to those around you, 
but if you are looking to them as a barometer of how 
you're doing in life, you will run into obstacles...

First they are flawed the same way you are and 
they can't objectively evaluate who you are. 
They can have insight into what they see
of your behavior, but is God who knows your heart
as well as your breaths.

The second obstacle is that you automatically
put yourself in a position of comparison,
which leads to competition, which leads to 
an altered view of yourself in light of "the winner."
Either you will be puffed up in your victory 
or deflated in your failure.

Thus our view of God becomes altered.
I mean, can He love me, 
love me enough to make me significant?

The thing is, it is only 
that I am significant.

I am scrubbed clean, 
given a new coat of paint, 
and waxed with the oil of the Holy Spirit.

I am made new!

For now, 
He's still working on me!

(And I'm still working on the piece.)



  1. First, let me say..I LOVE YOUR NEW LOOK HERE! Not that there was anything wrong with the other..smiles

    Second..thank you for this post..there are many times when I do feel this way..Thank you..Blessings

  2. Book, girlfriend? Seek it out. You are an amazing writer with a story to tell.

    I like the first apron best, too. MY FAV!

    Love you~

    PS: Thank you for the prayers this past year. SO GLAD the unemployment nightmare is over for my hubby. Life is slowly returning to normal. xoxo

  3. He is still working on me too:) I am SO a work in progress! Can't wait to see that piece all dolled up! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  4. I am glad that God loves us , all, even if we are chippy, shabby and beat up. xoxo, Susie

  5. What a powerful post. I heard a preacher once who said, "When we accept Christ, our SALVATION is complete..but there is some Assembly requires. As the Scripture says "work out your salvation with fear and trembling..." I'm still in the process mode of living it out every day...more to assembly in my walk with HIM.

  6. Very well written. Totally true. And AMEN from this corner. It's always profitable to hear such inspirational thoughts. Thank you. ~:)

  7. I really like the new look!
    I'm so glad that God doesn't just throw us to the side - He keeps working on us. Great post!

  8. Thank you so much for this wonderful, encouraging post! I agree with Rebecca - book? :) Blessings to you! Have a great weekend.

  9. Me too Bonnie! I do believe we all are a constant work in progress...made complete when we get to Heaven.. I love the analogy of the old piece of furniture... boy, how the enemy plays tricks with our minds...he definitely wants us to question our selfworth and for sure who Christ is and who we are in Him! How blessed we are that God sees right through all the ugly to the heart of the matter and sees true value in all of us.. Blessings!

  10. I too am a work in progress.
    Love feeling new in HIM.
    Over and over again.
    Woolie Joy


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