Friday, May 01, 2009

A Fresh Start

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:26-27

This afternoon I dug up my little flower and moved it to a new home. It is my hope that with a fresh start it can once again be nourished and begin to grow into the beautiful flower it was meant to be, rather than stunted, sick, and barely recognizable as a tulip.

As I looked at the sickly plant I couldn't help but think of God's desire for us, His creation. Weak, sickly, and stunted by sin, we are far from what God intended us to be. We also need a new beginning, a fresh start. That is why Jesus came, so that our old hardened heart could be removed and replaced with a "heart of flesh," one that is able to hear when God speaks and desires to follow Him. No wonder meeting Jesus is referred to as a "new birth"!


  1. That is so beautiful! Thank you so much, my own heart was touched by what you wrote.


  2. That was a great visual. Thank you for sharing.

  3. But a beautiful analogy. Thank you Martha.

  4. You are so good, Martha. I love your Bible applications to real life. I pray that I will develop that maturity soon.

  5. I pray that my head won't swell up and explode. ;)

  6. You touched my heart too Martha..

    What a wonderful visual...

    "Break of the fallow ground...."

  7. Beth, I really had to think about that one! I doubt it will be necessary... God has a way of working things out. :)
    (But you are a funny one.)