Friday, January 4, 2013

Thoughts for 2013: God Does Not Waste, He Redeems

Last year, I chose a phrase, to be my heart's cry for the year.

"For His Glory, and Our Good" 

And throughout the year, when things got crazy, or uncertain, or awesome and amazing, God would quietly whisper that into my heart.

God has done and shown me a lot in 2012. He challenged me to remember his faithfulness and steadfastness, and in turn, let those things my heart's desire as well. To be faithful and steadfast to Him. So often I failed at that.

And yet, over and over he reminded me, "be faithful".
(Such as the day the rainbow lasted for three hours. A sweet friend texted me these words "guess God wants to be super sure you remember his promises are for YOU" it was a much needed, and much encouraging reminder)
 

These last few weeks, my heart has pondered what being faithful means.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." 
Hebrews 11:1

And in this, I have found two categories.

Assurance in hope. (For our heart)
Certainty in the unseen. (For our mind)

We can have faith in God's promises.
And we can trust that God truly is who He says.



And this year my heart is reaching toward a new focus:

Redeem.
Redeemed.
Redeeming.
Redemption. 

God is GOOD. 
His Son is Good.
And has paid our price, with his life, death, and resurrection, He has redeemed us from the pit.
And will use all of our hurts, and aches, joys, sorrows, laughter, and tears for His Glory and Our Good.
He redeems what appears lost and ruined, and through the blood of Christ, makes it whole, good, and pure. He uses the hard stuff. All of it.


God does not waste anything. Time. Tears. Or toil.
He is sovereign over everything, He makes good out of what was meant for evil.
He redeems it all.

10 comments:

  1. This speaks STRAIGHT to me at 6:17am. Like tears & stuff. Because we both know 2012 was not easy for me & I am looking forward to a fresh start. But last year wasn wasted. And this post was such a good reminder of it. Thank you. I love you.

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  2. Great post Kim! December was a great month for rainbows and reminders of God's promises!

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  3. Amen! 2013 is going to be great! Thanks for living life in such a way that you are a fabulous example of Christ. XO

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  4. Love that!!! I am constantly telling myself (and those around me) "it's for our good and His glory". Love the fuller meaning you bring to it by realizing that with God, NOTHING is a waste...It's all, always according to His plan.

    The perfect things to be dwelling on in 2013. Love reading your blog! :)

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  5. praise God for what he did in 2012, and for all that he has in store for 2013! thanks for the reminder of God's sovereign plan and redemptive purposes in our lives. and thanks for living that out, and walking this journey. it's friends like you that push me towards him! love you.

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  6. first, all your photos are beautiful, but PLEASE print the first one. it's AMAZING...like i want to cry it is so beautiful.

    your words- so good. so true.

    i have thought a lot about God's sovereignty this past year. there is security in knowing he is LORD over all and in all. i need that, he knows it, and is so so good to go ahead of us and provide that.

    i look forward to how he will bring redemption to life to you and around you (and me) this new year. all things are possible in Him!

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  7. THIS is fantastic. What an amazing thought that God doesn't waste anything. AMAZING.

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