Friday, October 21, 2016

Bold and Highlighted

In all circumstances, I want to do the Bold and I can when you are Highlighted and I trust in what you will do God.

Psalms 138 - David wrote this--
I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;
    I will sing your praises before the gods.
I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.
    I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;
for your promises are backed
    by all the honor of your name.
As soon as I pray, you answer me;
    you encourage me by giving me strength.
Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord,
    for all of them will hear your words.
Yes, they will sing about the Lord’s ways,
    for the glory of the Lord is very great.
Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble,
    but he keeps his distance from the proud.
Though I am surrounded by troubles,
    you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.
You reach out your hand,
    and the power of your right hand saves me.

The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
    for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

seasons and transitions

You can do anything for a season she said.  Yes, I thought, you can.  Until those seasons turn into years,

Days fly by and you find yourself stuck in a season.
Maybe even in a rut.
And then what?  
How do you know the difference between a season you need to stay in and a season that you are just stuck in.  And maybe it has become a rut; an unpromising or dull course of life.  
These were the thoughts waffling through my head as I listened to her speak.  She was also a pastor's wife and could relate with the unique life that brings so I trusted her words. 

I understand that Life is about season, transitions really.  I have done transitions, even thinking I had done them well.  Becoming a wife, becoming a mom, going from music business wife to Pastors wife, multiple cross- country moves.  The toddles years, the elementary years, the middle school awkwardness, the high school drama, stay-at-home mom to full-time working mom.  Youth ministry and worship leading seasons, church-planting and re-starting.  Tragic accidents, life-saving surgeries and health scares.  
Each have had their challenges, and their joys.  Many seasons I would love to relive the moments and others I am still in wonder of how I survived.  Yet every transition from one season to the next, brought experience and wisdom what was to come.  And as I reflect, I believe that I moved through those transitions well.  At least from this side.  Perspective can sure be encouraging.
So why do I now feel stuck in a rut?
Maybe in reality it isn't a rut.  Even though I am working in a job that seems to be wringing me out and so much of the best parts of my life is swiftly changing, this is the transition to a new season.  A new direction.  A new thing in me.
I was reminded today that I must allow God access to work in me, even it feels like a rut, through the seasons and transitions.   2 specific verses came to mind, one from the Old Testament and one from the new;

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I can do anything for a season, as God is with me, growing me, strengthening me, making me new and ready for what's next.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I see...

A sweet black lab curled up beside me breathing deeply and peacefully.

Pictures surrounding me of precious moments and memories made.

Darkness descending earlier as the light is shorten ushering in wintertime days.

Steam rising from my cup of lemon ginger tea boasting the phrase "time flies, love stays".

My first and only love relaxing after a grueling week pondering next steps and longing for sleep.

Pink highlighting football players and remember fights won, battles lost yet kept close forever.

Petals fallen from last blooms that hung on for so long, giving way to the promise of new growth.

Dust that has settled, floors that need swept again and the green light indicating it's time to unload.

The eve of another week, all this unknown, so much work to be conquered and hearts to be bold.

A chance to step forward with fresh eyes for each day, really seeing with intention what to me     God is trying to say.  

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬