Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Inspiration- Bruised feet

This song is the reason for the reason for my word this year being trust- as I listened to this song the following line just kept playing over and over in my head and my heart.

The past couple of years have been a series of ups and downs (and if you have read my blog you know that) and my feet (as well as my heart) are bruised.  What causes bruised feet?  Overuse, stress on them, dropping things/physical trauma, internal trauma from other issues.  Trust involves in lacing up those bruised feet and following Him and knowing that He is leading me down a road that will be filled with those twists and turns and before they heal it may get worse.  It's trusting that He is with me in the pain and along this journey.  It's believing that as I take the steps of faith into what I cannot see His path is laid out before me and it's the most amazing journey I will ever take.  It's trusting that even if, at the age of 40, I end up beginning new dreams, He is going to lead those dreams if I let Him.

Friday, January 2, 2015

All Roads Lead to...

Hope and change!

In thinking of my "word" for 2015 I ended up with a phrase. 2013 saw perseverance and 2014 saw LIVE (which I am still working on) so deciding on this year's I had to take a look at what was going on in my life currently and throughout the past year. I am starting out this year with an eye on the future- an eye on "Hope and Change" (but not the kind other people say...)

Trust!  Okay- so, I had started another post with a "word" for the year and then as I was traveling back to TN from Indiana I just really started thinking, praying, and listening and I just felt like God was telling that hope and change was not ALL He was going to have for me and while that's a huge part of it- TRUST is going to be the whole picture.  

I have talked about trust in the past- it's something that has been hard for me- it's something that has led to heartbreak and turmoil yet this time, I feel like it's all about resting in Him.  When I rest in Him then I will TRUST!  And as I pondered this post throughout the week (I really wanted to have this up on the 1st but it was not ready) I read this post on the (in)courage blog and this jumped out at me: 

"It’s not about not being afraid, but about trusting in a God who is bigger and greater than even our biggest and greatest fear. "

And this one by Ann Voskamp: Falling Forward and these words enveloped my heart and said I needed to read them: "Sometimes you can hardly trust your legs, trust turning and taking the next step."

and "Failing? What feels likes losing is really gaining experience.
Falling apart? Fall forward into whatever. comes. next.
Whenever you are lost, FORWARD is always the way Home.
And in a fallen world, I fall forward into a New Year, and I fall forward into Christ’s safe arms andit is safe to trust. He is safe to trust."
So, yes, TRUST remains my word- it will be the word on which my heart stakes its claim.  It will be the word on which my anxious thoughts rest.  It will be the word that my uncertainty comes to peace. When I venture to take a step into the unknown- trust is knowing that He is holding my hand, directing my path, and stepping with me.  While my "life" verse is Zephaniah 3:17- my "year" verse is going to be Proverbs 3:5-6.
Will you step with me?  
(and I am putting this out there that my goal is to have 1 post a week talking about trust- it may be about my personal journey, a song, etc. but I know that I am being called to share this journey with others)