New Place, New Space


And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Ezekiel 36:26-28

All things new! A new heart will require a new place and new space. A time to clear up the clutter and make room for better things. This was a time especially for me and God pursued me. I had so much clutter, blockage and hindrances in my life that I could not see anything that God wanted to give me as new. There was no place or space for Him. I was filled with other things… With other cares and it was consuming me. A new year arrived and God opened my eyes. For as painful as this process was, it was necessary for what God wanted to place in my life.

I have worked in ministry since I first became a Christian. I don’t think I ever really had time to discover what God had for me as an individual. I was busy doing everything that was passed onto me in my church. I served, gave and led. With all of this work, this also ended up consuming me as well. Did I grow? Yes, but I overlooked a lot of things that God was leading me to as an individual that would also be essential in making me whole. As a wife and mother, our family has a calling but each of us have something to bring to the Lord as an individual. Our time yes, but there is something else so worthwhile that is embedded within the core of our being. For me, I discovered my writing ability. For others they have something else. As of now I am still moving as a wife, mother, pastor and full time worker. Yet in all this I find myself missing something. The only One who can fill that place is God. Through writing I have learned to express all of this. I am thankful and find myself fulfilled.

Clutter means to fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner; to run in disorder; move with bustle and confusion; a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter; a state or condition of confusion; confused noise; clatter; an echo or echoes on a radar screen that do not come from the target and can be caused by such factors as atmospheric conditions, objects other than the target, chaff, and jamming of the radar signal. This leaves NO room for anything else but the consumption of only the clutter! We become confused, distracted by noise and other factors that try to distort the signal God is sending our way for healthy guidance. We only hear the noise. We see the mess. We engage in the chaos. We are completely withdrawn from receiving anything new or even better. Set in our ways.

God can change all that in a moment! In the moment that you surrender to Him in your mess. You give it all to Him and allow Him to clean it up. For a heart of stone could never receive the things of God. Yet as the scriptures declare, “I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT” that He will put within us. This is something that He does with us all.

Your mess can be anything…. For with all it can vary. But if you are waiting for that new thing, for that new place and new space, it will happen! When you say YES GOD!

God remove the clutter! Make room for something new! For all the things you want me to see, touch, feel and experience with You guiding my life. I am ready for all that You have as new for me. It is my Independence Day! My day to discover what You have destined for my life.

Happy 7/4… ❤️

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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