Friday, January 02, 2015

Sharing My Word for 2015...


Come to Me with with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind. 

                                                                  - Jesus Calling, entry for January 1st

I like to think that the Lord God Almighty has a sense of humor, that He smiles down with affection on me as He sees me scurrying to and fro. I can almost imagine, in His infinite wisdom, that He whispers in my soul...
"Oh sweet daughter, slow down. Look around. See, truly see, the miracles I have created for you. This is the season to take it all in with the deepest sense of new appreciation, new ways of doing and being. You are surrounded by My love."

I know and understand you completely.

Those words, at the beginning of this post, are from Jesus Calling and they bring me to tears. He knows me through and through. He wants what is best for me.

I am overwhelmed by reading these words, by writing these words, by how much His deep and abiding Love changes everything for me. Absolutely.everything.

We just returned from three weeks in Hawaii. This was not one of those touristy trips where you go everywhere and do everything at mock ten speed. We've done that before when we have been there with our children and grandchildren. I can almost hear Jacob saying with his wonderful 13 year old smile, "What are we going to do next, Nana?"

DO is the operative word here. Not BE, just do.

Yet quite honestly my soul wants to slow down, to do less and be more for Jesus. When I recently read a quotation by Ann Voskamp, on my precious friend Vicky Westra's blog, it just took my breath away.  I knew it was a message just for me.  

                 Hurry always empties a soul...

Amen to that! So, so true. So when Bert and I were on Maui for three weeks, we...
slowed down, 
absorbed, 
restored
renewed
and we were rewarded with such peace and joy.

We read books in the  80 degree warmth of the sun.
Ahhhhh...just writing that sentence slows down my heart rate and brings a smile to my face. I LOVE to read and I couldn't get enough of stories that touched my heart and detective tales that had me gasping as I turned every page. Ten books I read, and my third reading of Love Does by Bob Goff  made me want to absorb life's adventures and be available to love life and others with my whole heart. I did that this year as I lived my life whole heartedly. After all, whole-hearted was my word for 2014! 

As I again read Bob's wonderful book, I wondered and prayed for God to show me His plans for me in this new year, this new beginning.

Over breakfast at the Kihei cafe, Bert and I reminisced about the six, big extroverted and fun and challenging adventures we had embarked on in 2014. We wouldn't change any of them. They stretched us and grew us as we were "all in" with each memory-maker.

Yet I knew, I could tell, I could feel God's gentle leading that 2015 would bring a different focus to my life, a renewal of sorts. A restoration and reclaiming of my life in Him. A different energy of contentment and simplicity. A cleaning up and sorting out of what really matters. And then as if an answer to my question I read this quotation...

And through and over everything a glad awakening.
                                                                      -Edna St. Vincent Millay

On the long plane ride back from Maui I could feel a sense of expectation and that glad awakening begin to happen. And as 2015 was born, thousands of miles up in God's gorgeous sky, I was reading Jesus Calling and the entry for January 1st and tears started to flow. Tears of gratitude and faith and believing and simplicity. And one of my favorite songs came to mind and I started to hum the words. It was a prayer for 2015.

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God.
And renew a right spirit in me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqB2H9vCPKA

Don't miss taking a moment to listen to this song. It is life-changing!

And there was my word for 2015....as clear as day. It fit like a glove.

RENEW...

a verb, an action word, meaning to revive and replenish, 
to take up again. To make like new, to restore freshness and vigor. To replenish when things are dry. To revive and begin again, to come back to something with a clear and clean focus of what matters.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, Oh God. 
And renew a right spirit in me.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; 
they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

And so as 2015 begins, I look forward with great anticipation to all the renewal and freshness and reclaiming that God is doing and will be doing in my life. I will not cling to old ways as I step into this new year. Instead, I will seek His face and find renewal in His plans for me. I can't wait to take in and share all the learnings.

God Bless!
Love you to the moon and back again!
Linda






3 comments:

Vicky said...

I love these posts- the journey to our words and the ideas of what we want for our day-to-day lives. Renew- sounds refreshing to me too. I loved hearing about how you relaxed, and refreshed your soul, and spent leisure time with Bert.

And I, sweet friend, dove into my most beautiful bag of tropical paradise! Oh my- you've outdone yourself! I delighted in each and every treasure. I made Maui coffee for breakfast- it's simply heavenly! The boys are gone for 3 days, and I am all alone, engaging in my own version of YOUR word- renew. Thank you for your thoughtfulness- each tea, jelly, chocolate, along with the music and the water color calendar- makes me burst with joy and giddiness. Thankful for you, friend. Much love to you in this New Year of 2015!

Peggy Sue said...

A perfect word! Renew..I love this Linda. I love how insitefull you are, how you write from your heart, your gut, your life and just put it out there. I am so thrilled you had this time to just beee with your Bert and to enjoy and relax. I love all the things you got to witness and the people you got to meet...for I know you found each one precious. I like Vicky love my tropical surprise box! My grandson and daughter were here after work yesterday.. he wanted a snack..i said what about a bagel with mango jam? he is very picky abut his jam's and jellies. he looked at me oddly. I said, this comes all the way from Hawaii! he said, "nana what is Hawaii'? I said well it's a place that is sunny and has beaches by the ocean and you can play in he sand and in the sun. 'Nana, I want to go there'!!! Me too maddox, me too..but dip your finger in here and see if you like the mango jam? he did and he lit up..later he is eating his bagle mango jam creation and his little head is bopping..this means he was in taste heaven lol. Thank you for your love and generouse heart. much love to you linda!

Miss Myia said...

Yeah for you!!!! So this is the second time I've heard about Love Does by Goff, should try and get that book....I'm truly happy that you got away to a place I know you love and that you didn't work! while there! Your word, Whole-hearted for 2014...hit me...in a good way, I truly believe that is what is in store for me for 2015, to live, feel, love whole-heartedly....I miss you and love you T.I.A.B. and to the moon and back again! Hugs, Myia

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