Butterflies, leaves, pineapples, pine cones, nautilus shells, sunflowers…What do these have in common?

A Perfect Design


There exists in nature an ideal rate of growth that is evidenced in the design of all living things. This rate of growth is termed The Golden Ratio, and it is found everywhere in nature. The golden ratio is so pervasive that it is even found in a variety of man-made objects including art that is visually appealing and architecture that is aesthetically pleasing and structurally reliable. Many have debated and discussed what makes this design perfect and so recognizable. However, no one has been able to come to any conclusions. As Christians, we simply understand that it represents God’s perfect design and plan for all things in this worldan idea and design man cannot improve upon.


At New Life Design, we believe that just as God constructed a perfect design for growth in living things, He has also constructed a specific design for daily living here on earth. There is a Way to find peace, contentment, joy, victory and an abundant life. It is only found as we take hold of christ as our true life. As Bob George once said,pinecone-1168741_1920

“Jesus gave his life for us that He might give His life to us that He might live His life through us”.


An Imitated Design

The problem is that many of us have tried to live by our own imitated design (independently from Christ) and have discovered that we always come up short.  Because of this many of us struggle with depression, anxiety, addictions, stress, loneliness, a lack of purpose or direction, relational conflict, and a host of other defeating issues.  We’ve always heard that Christ has won the battle but we wonder why we still feel defeated and trapped

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to live the Christian life? Many of us find ourselves having done all the “right” things throughout our life but only end up frustrated saying:

“If THAT’s all there is to THIS life, then I want to quit!”


An Invitation

climber-299018_1920At New Life Design, we have discovered that it’s not hard to live the Christian life, it’s impossible!
But we’re here to tell you – there is Someone who can and will live His life through you! As a result of applying this truth in our own lives, we have begun to experience the victory of Christ as our life, and we want you to know that there is hope! We would love the opportunity to share with you this life changing message.  We invite you to take a little time to discover what is already there, and then begin to appropriate it into your life!

Whether you’re having relational issues in marriage, want to prepare for marriage or need to address issues as an individual, we want you to know we would love to talk with you! We do not pretend to have all the answers, but we know the One who does.

It is our sincere hope that you will peruse through our site and discover the truth of Christ as Life that will change your life!

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NLD Blog: Our Faith Journey


Lesson’s Learned Through Nathanael’s Arrival

by in Prayer & Praise

Ok…So I finally finished this post that I began on December 14, 2011 today on August 3, 2012.  Wow…what a ride.  I think the spring was just as eventful as the fall!!  I’ll explain later…on to the post! The lessons that we have learned through the pregnancy with Nathanael and his arrival are plentiful.  To begin this post I want to share the founding principle that is the bedrock of our trust relationship with our Abba Father…God is Faithful!!  Yes, He certainly is! This past Sunday was our second Sunday back at church since Nathanael’s birth.  Yes, I put him in the nursery!!  I know you Mom’s are wondering.  We are blessed with some great volunteer’s in our children’s ministry who LOVE babies!  That always puts a Mom’s heart at ease.  After a stirring message on God’s faithfulness, our worship team began to lead us in a song by Matt

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by in Identity

Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way.  That’s where I find myself right now.  Oh, if only I could just hear what God says and believe it and act on it immediately — life would be so much easier!  But, no, I tend to go the route of having to experience it for myself — learning it the hard way.  God has told me time and time again that I am significant, valuable, and of great worth, but I just can’t seem to grasp that.  Praise God for His patience and grace to keep working with us when we just don’t get it!!!! God gave me a gracious “do over” opportunity a couple of days ago.  Through this experience He opened my eyes to the futility of seeking value and worth from other people.  It just doesn’t work — believe me I’ve tried, tried again, and tried harder.  Most of

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My Everything, cont’d

by in God Concept

It’s amazing how the same scripture continues to speak to us over and over again.  You may remember a blog I wrote several months ago about Ephesians 1:22-23, Jesus filling us in every way.  Well, God used that same scripture to meet me in my time of need again.  He is continuing the work He began in me (Phil 1:6).  This past week I had one of those rough days where it feels like everyone is against you.  That evening I had a full blown pity party and just cried.  I felt soooooo empty!!!!  As I was pouring my heart out to God, telling him how empty I felt, that same verse (Eph 1:22-23) came to my mind again.  I realized that I am not empty.  I am full of Jesus.  He fills me in every way.  He lives in me and fills me up.  As I focused on all these true thoughts, my empty

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Naming Nathanael Douglas Dodd

by in Prayer & Praise

Naming a child is no small task! I’m not sure how other parents have named their children but Tony and I wanted a name that communicated a message to our child. More specifically…a name that helped communicate their worth and identity in Christ. We know that identity turns into being a huge issue for use as humans. We all are trying to answer the question of “who am I?”. When the Israelites named their children most of those names communicated a message. Often times God told the parents what to name their child i.e. He told Zechariah to name his child John. This John became “John the Baptist”. God also changed the name of several characters out of the Bible. When you look at what their previous names meant and then look at what their new name meant; the message Christ communicated was outstanding. While I don’t have time to

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Notes on Nathanael’s Arrival – 10/22/11

by in Prayer & Praise

Saturday – Going Home Day! Nathanael was back in our room at 6:30 and had passed all his tests with flying colors but the nurse had to come and get him again around 7:45 for his circumcision procedure and we really hated to see him go for that.  I think Tony and I both shed some tears over it.  After being stuck so much it was just difficult to let him go again.  He returned back to our room around 9:30.  We had gotten the final word that we could go home from all the Doctors that afternoon so we began the check out process and getting ready.  Early that morning Tony and I had a conversation about all that we had been through on this journey to having children that began a number of years ago.  We talked about all the fears, personal issues, doubts, questions and wondering about

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Notes on Nathanael’s Arrival – 10/21/11

by in Prayer & Praise

Friday We got in bed very late Thursday night after being over in the NICU until 10:30 and then they brought Nathanael to our room for the Midnight feeding and then he went back to the nursery so we were already sleep deprived come Friday morning.  They brought Nathanael back to our room about 6:45 and he got to be with us all day.  He had his hearing test done in our room and he got an excellent score on it which was very reassuring.  He was able to get adequate naps in between feedings without being stuck off and on through out the day.  This increased his eating and made for a happier baby.  We had some great visits from family and friends and even did a photo shoot for baby pictures that afternoon.  That night I had a baby shower that I was supposed to be at but

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