happy new year!! are you ready to move forward? we GET to move ahead!!! I mean really, we have no choice. well, wait. I suppose we do, in a sense. we can choose to cling to rusty idols, harbor past hurts and nurse old wounds. but the reality of every one of our lives is that time marches on. clocks tick. days pass.
I'm well aware of the stress that reality might create in some. I'm well acquainted with the anxiety that comes with pressure. I'm also conscious of the bondage we create for ourselves as we hold on to things in our hearts that God wants to help us break free from.
what does moving forward mean for YOU? what do you want it to look like? I highly recommend some time alone in the next day or two. even if it's just while driving. turn off the radio and talk to God. let him talk to you. listen.
for me.... I have big dreams. some new, some that have been bouncing around in my head and heart for some time. ALL nearly impossible!!! therefore they make me equally giddy with excitement and lightheaded with fear. moving forward seems utterly hopeless some days.
but as I get older and allow God to adjust my perspective, I'm seeing that often I'm in my own way. my bondage is often self inflicted. I'm laser focused on me. when I should be looking at JESUS. I think I'm doing everything I know to do to get out from under the weight of the fear and come to find out, I'm holding it with my own hands. really, all I need to do is let go.
at a church i visited recently, a father sat in front of me holding his little girl. she was happy, but she was squirmy. she wanted to be in her daddy's arms, yet she was wiggling and flailing and just wouldn't be still. she couldn't get comfortable. because she wouldn't rest.
I saw me. I get squirmy in my heavenly father's arms. I want to be there... but I can't sit still what with all my dreams and worries and such.
what I'm coming to is this: peace. I need it. I need it to breathe and dream and move forward. I need it to rest. I need it in order to take steps; even small steps toward what I believe are God given visions and dreams, callings and purpose. and small steps matter. they count. it might take more of them to get where we are going, but we'll get there all the same.
at Christmas we read that JESUS is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of PEACE. (Isaiah 9:6)
in Phillipians 4 we are told that the PEACE of God, which we can't even understand, will guard our hearts and minds when we present our requests to Him.
in Isaiah 26 it says that God will keep in perfect PEACE those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in him.
in Ephesians 2:14 Paul says....
...He Himself is our PEACE...
I won't move forward into this year without Him. I won't dream or decide or do without Him. all my other resolutions and intentions hinge on this one.
my STANDard for the first month of this new year is
...He Himself is our PEACE...
I hope you'll join me again this year in memorizing and mediating on a verse or passage of scripture each month.
the STANDard cards continue to be available for purchase 10$ + 2$ shipping/handling.
simply send your payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
here's to beginning again!
photos from Paris:2014