Thursday, January 15, 2009

Saved

After getting back from holidays, I thought about changing my blog layout slightly. So, being the conscientious person I am, I went to 'save' my current template as a backup.

Unfortunately, the 'save template' option on the page I was on, was just for choosing a new template, and clicking save promptly erased all the html that I had done over the year and I was left with bits and pieces everywhere. The content didnt change, it was still recognisable as mine, but it didnt fit any more.

So at 4am one morning, I called on my blogging friend Jo-Lynne from DCR Design and Musings of a Housewife and she came to my aid. (Luckily, it was 1pm where she lives!) If you need some designing done, I highly recommend her!

I had some ideas about what I wanted, but at each decision I referred back to JL because I knew that she knew what she was doing, she had done this many times before, and she knew the intricate code needed to make it work. I did away with my amateur html and accepted her tried and tested code.This new template isnt unrecognisable, in fact the leaf/water being like life/refreshment is even deeper and more meaningful than before.

At 10am one morning many years ago I asked another to save me. It was the day I believed Jesus was the Son of God and submitted my life to Him. Once I was saved, nothing about me changed, but the old ways didn't fit anymore.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone,
the new has come!" 2 Cor 5:17
And so with that clean slate I began to let God mould me into the person He envisioned I could be. I started letting go of doing things my way, and read His word, the Bible, to show me the tried and tested way to live, and trusted that He knew better how to make things work.

And though I am very different today, I am still me, in fact now I can live with more passion and purpose because of the great plan God has for me. I have some ideas about what I would like this year to look like, but I will be referring back to God on all those decisions through prayer cause I know he knows what he is doing, he has done it many times before, and he knows me and my future intricately.

Being saved meant the formatting changed, and although it was an accident on my blog, it was no accident in my life.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

God wants everyone to have the opportunity to get rid of that old formatting and start anew with Him. And its not only this life that will be improved, the new code that you receive means that you wont die, but you'll live forever in heaven!
"So turn to me and be helped—saved! Everyone, whoever and wherever you are. I am God, the only God there is, the one and only." Isaiah 45:22 (CEV)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NIV)
Jo-Lynne gave up her time to save my blog, but Jesus gave his life to save yours.

Have you asked Him to come save you?

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1 comment:

insertgracehere said...

Donna, Donna, Donna,

I just LOVE it!

I actually stumbled upon your new look on dcrdesign, which, I'm guessing is your friend.

I love that it's still "you". Only fresher.

I have been thinking long and hard about changing my blog. So glad I stumbled upon your friend's site.

And as always, I love how you tied your story into your post.

Beautiful!

Rena