Renovate: to renew; to restore to life; to impart a new vigor to; to repair or improve somethingAs I reflected on the new year, one word kept coming to mind - renovate. One reason might be that we are in the middle of renovating a new home on 8 acres we purchased last year (actually my husband is doing the renovating-I can't take credit). It is a long process of tearing away the old and run down, and replacing it with a new, more solid structure.
As I think about this word, I know that my heart needs to be renovated - to be restored, to be renewed, to be imparted with new vigor, and in many cases, repaired or improved. This is a slow, often painful, process. The result , though, is a more solid struture on a firm foundation. I so long to be a solid stucture for the Lord--to be used by Him for His glory.
Therefore, I am adopting the idea of renovation as my theme for 2007.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." (ESV)