Friday, January 1, 2016

Grander Ways

I took a little hiatus from writing.  It wasn't intentional, but I think it was good.  The year past was one for the records, I think.  I remember the very early days of January.  I took a walk and just breathed in the newness of it all.  I felt it was a year of change.  Through walks, scripture, prayer, and listening, I felt God nudging me in directions unknown.  I opened my heart and my arms.  I agreed to step back from the control of it all, and I watched as God weaved a new pattern in my very soul.  I am not the same person I was a year ago. God gave me a passage in January, and it remained with me every day of this past year.

"Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. "  Isaiah 43:19 

The year was fraught with it's own set of difficulties and sadness.  There were goodbyes and tears. Chapters were closed and memories made.  There were triumphs and victories.  There were losses and failures.  There were trips and adventures, pictures taken, and lots of worn out little boy clothes. It was simple, it was grand. And in each twist and turn, I pictured God making a new way that even I could not imagine.  He does that, you know.

I began a business, created my own studio, and began homeschooling my children.  I stepped out of the security of the classroom and went headfirst into challenges.  I learned so much this year, I cannot even begin to put it into words.

But I can say this--life is fragile.  It is not to be squandered.  Take risks, love deeply, forgive often (even yourself), capture the moment, take lots of walks, laugh with little children, sing loud, dance long, and own a favorite mug.  But most of all- seek God.  Seek Him in the crooks and crannies.  Find Him in the great unknowns, and notice Him in the everyday.  Don't give up on faith.  It sprawls its lovely wings just when it seems nearly gone.  Pray.  Every.  Day.  Read the Bible-turn the actual pages and remember what it feels like to highlight and underline.  Love your husband.  Hug your mother.  Visit your brother.  Work hard and rest well.  Take that trip that keeps getting put on the back burner.

These were the days of my year, and I hope it will be the picture of the years to come that I am granted.  I have so very far to go in my journey of faith and knowing God.  But, everyday I get a little closer.  Everyday I find Him nearer and nearer.  Every day I sense His love for us all in grander ways than I thought possible.

Grander...every year.

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