Made Things

Pink Dawn Do Over

This viburnum blooms every year in my yard in January. That’s the main reason I bought it–to have some color (and fragrance) in the dead of winter.  I live in the Pacific Northwest and we have our seasons.  I’ll say. But there’s something else about January–the declaration of the joy of a new start.

A re-everything time of year.

Jennifer Dukes Lee wrote recently about New Year’s Resolutions in a way that made me stop and think. And sigh. And cry.
Because her words were so true.  

“Life is a marble cake–with joy and sadness all mixed in to the batter, 
to make the pattern of our days. You don’t have all joy, all the time. But thanks be to God, we aren’t stuck with all sadness either.” 

The key to living in the joy of this new year is to
re-member–put back together–the list of promises already fulfilled for me.  For you.

I want to make this resolution: to RE solve to RE member my RE deemer and what He’s already done. That He is the one will RE-cover my past.Not through my own efforts and what I can do but what He’s already done.

To RE mind myself of His power and His promises towards me. To be RE freshed.  To be RE newed. To RE joice in the blood of Jesus which has purchased my life and covers my sin and makes me right with God. Which has paved the way towards the throne when I am desperate and on my knees and crying, “Oh, God, here I am again.”

Starting over.

And aren’t we always? Every day is a new start. A chance to rest and relax from our own striving, to trust that God’s got our back.

Every day is a a do-over from the One who’s done it all.

Who brings the promise of a new dawn each day, a pink dawn of color and fragrance and beauty as we RE-lease it all to Him.

Our ‘anatole’, the Dayspring, our dawn. (Luke 1:78).

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  • Jody Lee Collins

    January IS a hopeful year….yes. Thank you for your kind words. Hope the new year brings a thaw for you very soon!

  • Laura Boggess

    Beautiful, Jody! I love that viburnum! I'm going to have to look for some around here. Things are very bleak outside and some pretty pink sure would give a lift. I'll be thinking about RE-everything! January is such a hopeful month. I pray I can carry this optimism throughout the year.

  • Jody Lee Collins

    Thanks you, Lisa. I can identify with some of the Epistle writers who kept telling the believers–'let me RE mind you…' 'please RE member….' 'be REnewed…' God makes it all new, praise His name.

  • Lisa notes...

    I read this on Saturday but came back today to comment. I love the “re-member” part especially. So many “re”s that we can put back together, starting over is invigorating. “Every day is a a do-over from the One who's done it all.” Thanks for sharing this!

  • Diane Bailey

    “Every day is a do-over from the One who's done it all.” Truth! Stopping by from Laura Boggess' place! it's nice to meet you!

  • Linda@Creekside

    Hey Jodi … I needed that pop of color, that pink dawn encouragement today! Can spring be far away?!

    Hope you're having a rest-filled Sabbath …

  • Kel Rohlf

    RE-joicing with you in the beauty of new mercies every morning! Happy New Year! Love-Kel

  • Jody Lee Collins

    Coldest weather in 20 years–and you happen to be there this year. Hope you're staying warm!


    In this freezing snowy weather (coldest in 20 years), I cannot picture a beautiful pink flower blooming. 🙂


  • HisFireFly

    I love that!
    That is what Jesus will do
    make all things new

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