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This past weekend I went to a Living Proof Live conference in Toronto with “the girls. ” It was fantastic. We’ve spent some quality time together in recent years completing some of Beth Moore‘s Bible studies on DVD (including Believing God, Stepping Up, Esther, and Daniel). We talk about Beth almost like she’s one of us, so it was kind of special to get the chance to see and hear her live.

Me and the girls at Living Proof Live

Beth is a spunky Texan who is completely in love with Jesus and has an amazing gift for teaching the Bible.  She herself declares that she can be obnoxious, but I find her to be incredibly inspiring. Her passion is catching and as spirited as she can be, she is also one of the most humble people I’ve had the opportunity to…hmmm…I want to say meet, but I haven’t actually “met” her…she came within 5 feet of me on Saturday, does that count? In any case I highly recommend her studies (each one I’ve done has been a profound experience for me and I’ve learned so much), and/or taking the opportunity to hear her live if you get the chance.

The theme for the conference – “God is up to something new!”

As I started a new job about a month ago, and recently learned that I’m moving to the other side of the globe in July (although the latter is not related to the former), the concept of newness was not a stretch. Things are changing all around me! Even so the teaching spoke to me on many levels. Beth’s main points and some of my gleanings as taken/adapted from my notes:

1. God is up to something new. (Isaiah 43:18-19, Ezekiel 36:26)

It’s time to leave the past behind and move on . There are definitely ways in which I need to do this. So many things, even good things, lay behind, but I don’t want to miss the new thing because I’m focused on the old. I can easily see some of the new things around me, but I need to be made new in the midst of all this. Also I need to be alert and present in the moment so I don’t miss what God is speaking/doing NOW because I’m so fixed on what’s ahead.

2. God rarely does a new thing the old way. (compare Isaiah 43:16 and 19).

It’s so easy to form expectations for the future based on the past. I do it all the time. Especially the good things – I replay them in my mind and hope for repeats.  As Beth said, “God is far more creative than to just give a repeat performance of what he’s already done.” I don’t want to miss the new thing because I’m anticipating the “old way.”

3. God can do something new in an old place.

Despite the new and wonderful changes ahead, there are some “old things” in my life that definitely need a breath of fresh air.  Relationships and places I return to, and value, but somehow (and not surprisingly) I’ve become stuck in them.  In these too I need to be made new. Another Beth quote, “It would make that old place completely different if we were new right in the middle of it.”

4. Just patching up the old won’t result in something new. (Luke 5:36)

5. We, too, must be up to something new.

I need to come along side God in this new thing He is doing and receive the newness He brings. It’s up to me to be an active participant. How can I be intentional about this?

6. God grants new mercies for each new day. (Lamentations 3:19-23)

God’s grace will always be sufficient for our need – new mercies and compassions are stacked up each day according to our need. To wake each morning declaring confidently, “God, you have everything I need for this day!” What an encouraging beginning!

7. One day we’ll go from a new thing to a new EVERYTHING. (Revelation 21:1-5, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Until the new everything comes, I get to be the new creation. 😉

Check out the Living Proof blog (including posts from Beth) here.

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