Spring Renewal

snow covered daffodil

“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 3:22-24).

This winter has been an unusually cold and snowy one here in Virginia, and I am quite ready for spring. The world will become fresh and new as the brown deadness of winter sprouts into the green aliveness of springtime.

Just as spring gives me hope for the earth, this verse gives me hope for myself. My old nature is controlled by many deceitful desires, including envy, self-pity, anger, and despair. I am to be made new “in the attitude of my mind”. My mind is sometimes a greater enemy than my body. My mind dwells on past abilities and judgmental attitudes towards others. My mind tells me God is not always good or faithful. My mind says this painful life is too difficult to bear.

I need to renew my mind. God will give me the strength to do this, but it takes willing effort on my part as well. I must constantly monitor my thoughts, evaluating not only where they are coming from but where they are leading me. If they are not Scriptural, I need to make the choice to put them from my mind, rather than dwelling on them and allowing them to pull me in a wrong direction. (II Corinthians 10:5).

God’s word says that the mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6). I want life and peace. I want renewal. This year as I see flowers blooming and grass growing, I want to remember that as a new creature in Christ, my old ways of thinking can be replaced with the new. Spring can happen within me as well as around me.

Prayer: O God, as you fill the earth with the freshness of your beauty, fill my mind with the freshness of your thoughts. By your power, may I be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Amen.

Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may contact her at spindler@cox.net and view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.

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