This is almost as fun as getting up in the morning and putting on a new outfit. No. I take that back. It’s definitely more fun. In case you didn’t notice, Off the Beaten Path is sporting a brand new do!
Welcome to the new and improved Off the Beaten Path web site and blog. Thanks to my wonderful Design Diva, we’re up and running, or at least walking ’cause we do still have a few little bugs to work out. Mainly she has to spend a little time on the phone with me this afternoon telling me how to keep from deleting the whole thing.
As is so typical of me, I got on here Saturday when she was still working on things and started poking around and all. Of course I deleted some stuff accidentally, but not permanently. Some of the text she had entered for me just took a little trip into cyberspace for a few minutes and then, by the sheer grace of God, it came back. But not before I’d e-mailed her and confessed my dilemma. (If I’d just waited a few minutes I wouldn’t have needed to confess anything!) Fortunately, since the Design Diva has never met me and lives on the other side of the country I simply had to imagine the faces she was making and the terrible things she was saying about me. After doing that for a little while, I decided to imagine instead that she is a graciously forgiving and patient woman instead and that she simply shrugged her shoulders at my mistakes and said something like, “Oh that poor thing. She’s so anxious to get her blog up and running, she just couldn’t help herself. I just love people like that!”
At any rate, enough of my vain imaginations!
Don’t you just love new? New anything! I’m the kind of woman who can’t wait to wear a new article of clothing I just purchased. I go home from the store or receive the article of clothing in the mail via UPS and I immediately come up with some place to wear it. That’s why I was so shocked when I visited my friend Kim a couple of weeks ago and learned that she had three perfectly beautiful suits in her closet that still had the tags on them after having purchased them not three days ago, not three months ago, but two years ago! How in the world? That just wouldn’t happen in my closet. There are days I wish I could look in my closet and find something with a tag on it, but alas, that has never happened.
I might not be able to find anything brand new in my closet this morning, but I know where I can find some new duds every day. In Christ. In Him all things are new.
A New Spirit
In Ezekiel 11:19 God promised to give the children of the New Covenant, that’s us believers, a new spirit. When we sport our new spirit we have the unlimited potential of living beyond the ordinary. Our flesh, which usually cries out and demands its own way, isn’t as strong when we walk in this new spirit. When we walk in the spirit and feed the spirit, we are able to live victorious lives and do things we couldn’t ordinarily do.
Isaiah 40:31 tells us that if we wait patiently for God to give it to us (instead of racing ahead like I did with the blog Saturday), He’ll give us new strength. At my age I could use a little renewed strength. Why can God do this? Because verse 28 says that He never becomes weary or tired and His mind is always sharp. That’s the God who’s giving me new strength for every day, every trial, and every dilemma.
Fortunately for me and those of you who tend to be a little impetuous like me, God has new compassions and mercies available to us every day. Lamentations 3:22-23 says:
Beth E. says
What a beautiful new blog design, and what a wonderful post! I have to admit, I am sometimes guilty of hanging on to the old way of living – grabbing hold of old worries once more after I had given to God.
Fortunately, His mercies are new every morning! Each day is a brand new day, and I choose to follow Him!
Beth E. says
P.S. What's new with me? Well…a new hair color (I've covered the gray), and the choice to eat healthier. Well, the eating healthier has been going on for a little while, but it's still new to me. 🙂
Kim Tucker says
In my defense, the new suits are very dressy, so I don't have the opportunity to wear them often, and honestly, I forgot about them. So, that's why I wore one of the new ones to the play we saw. I would like to say that I saved it just for you and that night, but that would be lying. But, I must say, I did enjoy wearing it. Maybe I'll take the tags off the other two sometime in 2010!
The new blog looks terrific! Great job to you and the Design Diva. Looking forward to more new things to come.
Well I just wanted to let you know I have never blogged in my life but heard about yours and just jumped right in. Have truly enjoyed reading yours. Your new blog looks great.
Thanks, Becky L
365 Days of The Roll Family says
I love the new look! and you are a great joy to have in my life! thank you!!
I am new to your blog! I ran across you via the Ministers Wives Blogroll. Nice to meet you and can't wait to keep reading! Have a great day!
Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! says
Love the new do!!! YEAH for new!!!
I'm a day late at responding to your posting from Monday, another very good (and fun) discussion.
I am so thankful God's mercies are new each day. 🙂
I have so many new things in my life…new country, new city and state, new Church, new friends, new home, new weather, etc., but the best "new" thing in my life is my "re-dedicated" walk with Jesus. Not having a Church or many Christian friends for over two years in Germany was not good for my walk with the Lord. Thank God we moved back to the States when we did. 🙂
Have a blessed day,
Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side says
Well, look at you all fancy and all. I don't know how I missed this earlier this week, but I love it!! So gorgeous, as are you, my dear. That picture–woot! Anyway, congrats on the new design.
Oh, and I love putting on new clothes too. I always tell my husband that if we were rich (ha!) I'd have a gorgeous wardrobe, that's for sure. 🙂
on the eastern journey says