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Happy New Year!

For the last five years, I have picked one word for the year through #oneword365. Every year I have chosen kneel as the posture I hoped to take in my walk with God. This year I felt the truth of kneeling, but still keeping my hands clenched tightly.

 

Over break, I read Steven Pressfield’s book Do the Work.

Resistance finds us in:

Fear, Self-doubt, Procrastination, Addiction, Distraction, Timidity, Ego, Self-Loathing, Perfectionism

I see myself in so many of these. Hand clenched.

 

I long to open my hands to God.

My fear, my self-doubt, my timidity, my perfectionism leads me to surface living.

Slow progress. Digging deep. Wrestling. Struggling. All these bring depth.

 

All the hope and dreams of this coming year I want to hold with open hands to God.

What- one word- might bring you hope and direction this new year? 

Place Your Life Before God

The end of the school year is always full:

My son held a boa constrictor last week.

My daughter ran her first 5k with Girls on the Run.

 

We’ll soon be moving from structure to summer.

I’m contemplating my year of writing. Sometimes what you love is not always the most sustainable to a family in a full-time way.

My heart felt at peace after reading these words.

Whatever comes…

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So here’s what you do, God helping you:

Take your everyday, ordinary life-

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your sleeping, your eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-

and place it before God as an offering.

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Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

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Instead, fix your attention on God.

You’ll be changed from the inside out.

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How do you plan to place your life before God this summer?

How can we consciously try to think-  before effortlessly fitting into our culture? 

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Your light will break forth like the dawn,

your healing will quickly appear;

then your righteousness will go before you, 

and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;

you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

Isaiah 58:8-9 

 

I am thankful that God says HERE AM I.

I am thankful that I can kneel.

 

Hey God, I feel utterly helpless right now. There are so many things out of my control. They leave me reeling.

All I can do is get on my knees. I want to wear them out. I called to you and I can be assured that you heard me. 

 

You will be my rear guard. If I stumble, if I fall backwards, if I am reeling you are right behind me to catch my fall. You will ease me back to standing. You will make my footsteps firm.

The very second I call to you.

 

Here am I. Here am I. Right here: in front of you, behind you and all around you.

You NEVER leave my proximity ~

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