A Fresh Start

Photo by Ryan, Site of our new Florida home

Hello friends and family! Thought you might like to see the future site of our new home here in Florida. Right now it is just an empty piece of land, but in about 7 or 8 months there will be a beautiful Spanish style home there for our family. We already bought the lot and put money down on the house, so construction will begin soon. This land is a huge blessing and it represents a much needed fresh start for our family! We are very thankful for all God has done!

We won’t have the majestic views we had in Colorado, but we will be very close to the beautiful beaches along the southwest Gulf coast, which are only about 5 minutes away. The community also has three swimming pools, and other cool attractions like a private lake and island, biking trails, sports courts, and a fitness center. It’s actually a gated neighborhood. I never thought I’d live in one of those, but in today’s world I appreciate the extra security for our kids. They also take care of all the landscaping, mowing, and pest control included in the HOA, which sounds good to me! I worked landscaping jobs and mowed lawns my whole life. After 8 1/2 years fighting Celiac Disease and Cachexia, and over 30 years mowing lawns, I’m more than happy to let someone else do it.

This was our first choice neighborhood, but it is almost completely built and we were running out of lots to choose from that we could afford. We actually almost didn’t get in. We wanted this lot back in July when we got here, but the sale of our house hadn’t closed yet, so we didn’t have the money to buy it. Someone else bought the lot while we were waiting, so we thought the door was closed. We were looking at buying the land right next to the rental house we are in now, but a few weeks later the agent from the neighborhood let us know the lot was back on the market. By that time, we had sold our home in Colorado, so we were able to buy the lot right away.

It always amazes me how God works things out. We gave it up to Him and He ended up giving it back! The Lord had this piece of property picked out just for us, and this is where we were meant to be. Remember this, nothing can stop God’s plan for your life. Our job as believers is to trust and follow Him. He will always be faithful to us and He will always work it out in His time and will!

“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

A fresh start with a new home in a new state is amazing, but what we all truly want is a fresh start for our soul. There is only One who can offer you that, and His Name is Jesus. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life is the most precious fresh start of all! If you are seeking peace and a new beginning, I recommend believing in Jesus and stepping into those beautiful plans He has for you! There is no better clean slate than the salvation of your soul!

“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.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

When you come to Jesus, He forgives and cleanses your sins and He makes you a new creation! Just like a caterpillar becoming a beautiful butterfly, you are reborn and made new as a child of God! The Lord fills you with His Holy Spirit and adopts you as His own! That fresh start continues through your walk with God day by day as you grow and mature in Christ, and He will never leave you nor forsake you!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:22-24

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Jesus speaking in John 10:27-30

Do you need a fresh start in your life? Do you want to be forgiven and free?! Come to Jesus today! He loves you and He wants to give you eternal life!

“In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

John 3:3

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

Jesus speaking in John 7:38

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus speaking in Acts 1:8

There is only one way to be born again, and that Way is to believe in Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit is the living water flowing within those who believe in Jesus! We must be born again in the power of the Holy Spirit to see the Kingdom!

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

Jesus is the original fresh start! He is the firstborn over all creation and all things were made through Him! He is the only One who died to forgive our sins and reconcile us with God; our only Lord and Savior! Come to Jesus, and let Him make you brand new!

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

Colossians 1:15-20

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:1-2

Jesus Christ is Lord!

Grace and peace to you all!

Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2023 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

35 thoughts on “A Fresh Start”

  1. Excellent, Excellent……so very happy for you and your family. God really does come through in amazing ways….sometimes completely different than we planned on.. but always in love.

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  2. So awesome! I lived in Florida for 10 years. It is beautiful down there. My daughter who is 24 in a couple weeks lives in Dr. Phillips. The piece of land God blesses you with is gorgeous! Blessed you are. God move mountains! He knows what we need, and when we need it. Although His timing is not always our. I can always look back and see why it went the way it did. The mystery of God’s will! Happy for your new found blessings in Christ!

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  3. Ryan, your constant trust in God, for his plans for you and your family, is an inspirational reminder to all of us…your praises for his glory are uplifting, I so share in your joy for your new home and beginning! When we turn to God in prayer we shouldn’t just wait patiently, but wait expectantly, knowing that He will answer us and know God’s timing is always perfect! Your sermon was excellent, Ryan! Halleluiah! Amen! Love ya, Mom

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  4. Ryan, this is a great dose of good news and encouragement! So excited about how God is moving on behalf of you guys. Jesus truly is our hope and rescuer. I love the fact that no matter what we’ve done, we can be forgiven and become part of God’s forever family. Blessings of His Love and Shalom! ♥

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  5. Congratulations on your new land and house! May God Bless you in all of your future endeavors.

    Did you check out the Yes He Is App?

    I am going to share a link that comes from it with you. Sharing Christ can be as subtle as saying. May I please share this video with you?

    The Yes He is App is full of videos and support for sharing Christ. God bless you my brother!

    The link from the app is…


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