Saturday, April 20, 2013

Renewal

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -
his good, pleasing and perfect will.
 
Romans 12:2


East Coast Sunset

I love the concept of renewal and rejuvenation.  I like starting over, doing something new.  Sunsets and sunrises are perfect examples - every day is a new day.  I remind myself of this all of the time.  I had a couple of lazy and exhausted weeks.  Weeks that were unproductive and unhealthy.  Weeks that have become a catalyst for renewal.  I don't necessarily enjoy these kind of moments or days or weeks but they do have significance because I sincerely believe that from darkness comes light. 

During these dark times, I feel vulnerable and I embrace this vulnerability because it is a part of life.  We have to accept the bad as well as the good.  I took a few Human Relations courses during my graduate work and one of my professors was a Catholic nun.  I remember her telling our small group that when we are doing adaptive work, we must connect with everything around us, including the "shit".

When we transcend darkness, we can be renewed and rejuvenated.  We can focus on the really important things in life.  It is during times of renewal when our minds become clear and we can see glimpses of the big picture.  Most importantly, we become more open to God and we are freed up to listen to Him.  To hear what He is telling us, not what we are telling ourselves. 

*I'm participating in the 2013 A to Z Challenge. Every day in April (except for Sundays) I will be posting according to a letter of the Alphabet. To read more about my theme, click here.    


 

22 comments:

  1. So beautifully written and very true. After taking time to rejuvenate it is easy to see things clearly

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    1. I agree. Times of renewal are necessary in life.

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  2. This is so good. I think this summer is going to be a time of renewal for me. I'm ready for a fresh start, a change, more time to do the things I WANT to do versus all the things I HAVE to do (although homemaking/cooking/housekeeping are some of those things I really want to do!). Thank you for this!

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    1. Being able to do the things we want is important. Otherwise, everything feels like work. I like cleaning, too. It helps clear my mind.

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  3. I love this verse. If we stop transforming and renewing then we're not growing in God.

    Awesome post Jaime. Love it.

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! Enjoy your Sunday.

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  4. This is a reminder that has been brought to my attention several times today - to hear what He says, not my thoughts but His. There's too much stinkin' thinkin' going on in my life right now and He is using your post and a few others to keep it before me that I'm paying attention to the wrong voice.

    Thank you!

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    1. I love it when He speaks clearly to us, when the answers are being thrust in our faces and there's no way to ignore them. I tend to overthink A LOT - it gets me in trouble sometimes. I hope that you are guided in the right direction.

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  5. Something I have favorited on my Twitter: Don't be afraid of shadows, they just mean there's a light shining somewhere near.

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    1. This is a great phrase. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love the idea of renewal. Especially this time of year to see the trees budding, tulips and daffodils popping up. It always makes me want to renew my own goals and buckle down to business.

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    1. This weekend has been very rainy and cloudy. I love it. I forget how rejuvenating rain can be.

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  7. I love the photo that inspired your post!

    Renewal is so powerful and energizing, I feel. It gives us a new opportunity to be fresh and new and joyful.

    Lyre @ Lyre's Musings #atozchallenge

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  8. I love that photo. Very nice! Sunsets and sunrises are great.

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    1. I've definitely seen more sunsets than sunrises in my lifetime. I'm not the world's best morning person:)

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  9. Love that quote, thanks for sharing.

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge
    AZ blogs on Social Media

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Damyanti. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  10. Thank you. I needed a message of Renewal today.

    Blessings
    Felicity

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    1. We all do at different times. I hope that you find yours. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  11. Hi Jaime, Visiting from A to Z. I posted similar thoughts with the R topic 'recreation in meditation.' We all need rejuvenation, don't we. Good post. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

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    1. Thanks so much, Maria. I'm looking forward to reading your blog. Enjoy your Sunday.

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