The New Has Come! and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #24

Change seems inevitable. Yet, we often find ourselves, digging our heels in and gripping onto our old way of being. Do you ever find yourself having these inner conflicts about changing?

Another year older? Not me, I still tell everyone I’m 35 or is it 36? Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I refuse to change. Just put on a little more makeup or buy some new cream and change does not have to happen. Or does it?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Wow! I love this NIV has an exclamation point at the end. The new is here! No getting around this change the new has come!

Wait, what is this newness?

"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 (NASB)

Ahh! A sigh of relief. This change is not just a jumpstart or a new pair of shoes. I get a new heart and a new spirit! Not that same old girl, I used to be. Hallelujah!

But this change is hard and scary and I feel too weak to face it alone…

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:26-27

What if it doesn't stick? Nothing ever seems to stick around …

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you." Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)

What will become of me?

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 1 Peter 2:5 (NLT)

This change seems like it is turning into a really good thing!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) 

As believers in Christ, this change is not only inevitable, it is an absolute. It is not something to fear or out-rationalize. It is something to be treasured and celebrated. How are you celebrating your change this season? 

Before you go, stop by yesterday's post for a chance to Win! 
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WOW! Last week had 115 fabulous posts. This party has been amazing and it is thanks to you, friends, who link-up with us and those who stop by and read! 

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Thank you for posting and linking up. I try to read and comment on as many of these wonderful posts as I can and as time allows. I just want to say you are all doing wonderful work and praise the Lord that I have had the opportunity to come across the path of so many of you. 

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  1. Appreciate the party and happy to hear how your party is growing each week. Enjoyed your post today.

    1. Glad to have you here every week, Michelle. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

  2. Hi Jaime! Thanks so much for hosting the party. I hope you had an amazing Mother's Day! Have a great week, my friend!

    1. I did have a good Mother's Day and I hope you did, too. Glad you are here this week, Tiffiney.

  3. I love change, Jaime, it excites me. And, I love the changes that God continually makes in me! Thank you for the weekly linkup and opportunity! xo

    1. I am with you, Susan. I like change, most of the time. I am happy when God changes me to be more like Him. Sometimes it is painful but the end result is always worth it. I am glad that you visit us every week here.

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    1. Glad you are here, Debbie. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

  5. Yay for the Holy Spirit, so grateful for Him. And, I love that verse about the Lord going ahead. He's the best! :) Thank you for sharing, Jaime. :) And, thanks for hosting. ((grace upon grace))

  6. Hi Jaime! Happy to link up with you today! And loved this post. Change seems to be my contact in this season. Taking one day at a time and relishing every opportunity has been priority. Praise God HE never changes!! Thank you for the encouragement today! xoxo

  7. Amazing post, my friend! Loved the message and scripture! Thanks for hosting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

    1. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday, Jaime! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

  8. I was thinking about this very thing in your message earlier this morning. In Samuel when Saul was anointed king of Israel because they wanted a king and God gave him a new heart to lead the people. So sad that He didn't maintain that relationship with God. And I realize, again, the importance of doing my part! Thank you for hosting!

  9. Thanks for sharing your post and linky at Together on Tuesdays :)

  10. So glad to have found this community! I spoke in chapel yesterday and one of my points was about new seasons! Bless you!

  11. I am not a big fan of external change, I do realize I have to change myself on the inside to keep going.

    I always remind myself of two of John Wooden's quotes: "We can have no progress without change" and 'Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

    Thanks for hosting.

  12. Thank you for hosting the link-up and sharing so many wonderful scriptures in your post today!

  13. Hi Jaime, First time to read one of your posts. It was very interesting and a new perspective on being resistant to change! Thanks for sharing it! Blessings, Janet

  14. Oh I have such a hard time with change! It's always so scary feeling at first like my life is out of control.... Unless it's painting the house, rearranging furniture or change like that; then I'm all over it and changing things up all the time.

  15. Whew! There is SO much change happening in my household right now. Thanks so much for these scriptures. Holding tight:)

  16. Hi Jaime,
    I had never noticed the exclamation point before! I love that! Thanks so much for pointing it out! I always feel so encouraged when I come sit with you here!

    1. And thank you so much, my friend, for linking this hope up with me at Moments of Hope! ♥

  17. Thank you Jaime for bring your sweet spirit to the #OMHGFF to share your party!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  18. Will try to stop by the party another time because I'm a bit overloaded right now. But THANK YOU for this post!! Amen! I love how you answer every bit with Scripture!#SoulSurvivalLinkup

  19. What an inspiring post about our new life in Christ Jaime! I believe God's word answers every question or concern we may have. What a beautiful job you did here of reminding us of that. i am thankful that through everything my Savor has been by my side. Teaching me, guiding and most of all loving me! Thank you so much for the opportunity to share here. have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

  20. Thanks for hosting and linking up your party with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party. Have a great rest of your week.

  21. I'm so excited to find another blog hop! This is great! I also love that you share Bible verses. I also share daily Bible verses on our Facebook page (you are welcome to stop by and share them as well)! :)

    By the way I found your blog via the "No Rules Weekend Blog Party" Blog Hop.

    I write about our farm life, my faith, homemaking topics (like recipes), and even craft topics.

    Please stop by and say hello and follow my feeds as well at:



  22. thanks for your consistency in bringing us back to the Word - be blessed today, my friend!


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