Overcome the Old, Begin the New


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The Year in Review


2015  brought many blessings to many people.

Others, however, have weathered difficulties. Often, nothing can console a heavy heart. I’ve witnessed a strong “attack of the enemy” on families, marriages, and individuals. If you fit into any of these categories, then I stand at your side, silently holding your hand, sighing out a deep prayer and breathing in a Love that never fails. Grace and mercy endures despite the circumstances.

TO SUM UP my 2015, I turn to the profound insights of Psalm 30
(from the VOICE and the MESSAGE


I GIVE You all the credit, God.
 you got me out of that mess,
 and denied my opponents the pleasure
of rubbing in their success.

ETERNAL One, my True God, I cried out to You for help;
 You mended the shattered pieces of my life.
 YOU put me together, pulling me out of the grave,
 gave me another chance at life.

SING, all you who remain faithful!
 Pour out your hearts to the Eternal One
 with praise and melodies;
 let grateful music fill the air and bless His name.

HIS wrath, you see, is fleeting,
 but His grace lasts a lifetime.
 The deepest pains may linger through the night,
 but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning.

YES, the nights of crying your eyes out WILL give way to days of laughter.


(The focus of my pleas then had to shift)

WHEN things were going great
 the man crowed in arrogance,scripture 1
 “I’ve got it made. Nothing can shake me.
 I’m God’s favorite. He made me king of the mountain.”

BUT when You left his side and looked the other way,
 I fell to pieces, I crumbled in fear.
 I called out to You on his behalf;
 I pleaded for Your compassion and forgiveness.

HEAR me, Eternal Lord—please help me,
 Be kind!
 Help me out of this!
Be merciful!”


YOU did it: You turned my deepest pains into joyful dancing;
 You changed wild lament into whirling dance
 You stripped off my dark clothing (mourning)
 and covered me with joyful light.

YOU have restored my honor.
 My heart is ready to explode,
 Erupt in new songs!
 It’s impossible to keep quiet!

ETERNAL One, my God, my Life-Giver,
 I will thank You forever!






The Restoration of the Embattled Spirit




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4 Responses to “Overcome the Old, Begin the New”

  1. Lynne King says:

    Amen, Julie! The first section re getting removed from a mess and didn’t allow the opponents to wallow in it. Mine was job related. He is my Rescuer!

  2. Pat says:

    Oh Julie. Thank you!

  3. J.A. Marx says:

    You’re welcome, Pat. 🙂

  4. J.A. Marx says:

    Thanks for dropping by, Lynne.

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