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deserved recognition

"You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia,and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it. I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition."   1 Corinthians 16:15-18
There is something special about a person who can come in and be a breath of fresh air for you.   My friend, Janis, did this for me in college.  You can read about her here.  Miss her.  Still. A group of people one summer who took me in as one of their own blessed me with an unexpected gift.  They are dear friends still to this day.   Sometimes people come from your past into your present as I wrote about in this post.   But then, once I start naming names, I consider all who remain unnamed and wonder if it …

made new

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life,  to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self,  created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.   Ephesians 4:22-24 I have been given relief this week.
An "a-ha" moment, of sorts, has given me freedom to let go of the search for the former me prior to October 16th, 2013.
God spoke to my spirit through the morning show on our local Christian radio station.  It is difficult to explain it, but for whatever reason, I needed to be made new.  God can and does use all things for His glory and our good.  Even cancer.
It is found in the verse above and in Revelation 21:5...
Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new.”  He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Yes, I know these verses speak of salvation through Jesus Christ.  We do become a new creation w…