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Happy New Year, Dear Readers!
For the last few years I have joined the online trend to "choose" one word (here is another site) that will be a guide or a sort of mini-New Year Resolution for the year ahead. My method is to ask God about it and then wait and see what happens. Most often, it is the first word to pop into my head after I ask Him about it. Aaaand this year, as in other years, I argued about it for a week or so as the old year turned into the new year. Why do I argue with HIM? Doy!
I recall having a "discussion" with Him about giving me the word "Trust" for 2012 because it felt so passive and I wanted something more exciting and daring. Then last year's One Word was "Embrace" and I think that I did embrace more freedom, more new possibilities in 2013. I believe that this simple little practice makes a difference in how we view the year. That one word can become a good default to go back to when you feel lost or confused.
SO, this year my ONE WORD is Listen. Once again, it feels like a very passive word. A boring plan that has no bite to it. But I know it is the right word, because even in the first 3 days of this year, it has popped up in front of me twice already.
The sweetest music and voice poured out and into my kitchen! The words "It's Going To Be Alright" made me gasp with relief and thankfulness there in the soapy water. Every phrase was like a soothing balm as I listened. (Sara Groves - Album: Add To The Beauty, Song: It's Going To Be Alright) If I had not listened intentionally to the music, I would have missed the sweet assuring message that I needed.
-- This morning as I read a new section in "The Artist's Way", the writer said,
"God as my source is a simple but completely effective plan for living. It removes negative dependency - and anxiety - from our lives by assuring us that God will provide. Our job is to listen for how.
One way we listen is by writing our morning pages. At night before we fall asleep, we can list areas in which we need guidance. In the morning, writing on these same topics, we find ourselves seeing previously unseen avenues of approach. Experiment with this two-step process: ask for answers in the evening; listen for answers in the morning. Be open to all help."
I am hoping to finish my book in 2014 and actually see it published. In order to make that happen I need to listen for HIS direction while I edit, refine and get braver than I've ever been. I cannot do this by myself. I need you, God and people I have not even met yet to help me. I am going to have to get quiet so that I can hear and follow the correct advice.
BUT also so good and exciting and NOT boring!
It's the first Random Journal Day link-up of 2014!! Woo-hoo! Thanks to Dawn for organizing this great little gathering of journal scribblers! I love it so much and am so happy that it is continuing into the new year! Click on over, read and add your journalings to the collection!
I picked up a green leather journal from 2007 and randomly let it fall open...The page is full of notes from a guest speaker at our ministry school. The words have been taken to heart and proven true over the years. They have become my own words, my own truth.
"Being a worshiper changes every atmosphere you walk into. Your authority over the atmosphere is more powerful than anything else in the room."
I know this to be true. that's why I write and talk so often about being the one to choose our mood, our attitude. Even though I find myself in desperate moments of depression or fear as described above, I know how to pull up and out. I know that worship is all about looking at HIM. And to look at Him, I must look away from my mess...at least for a moment.
My lack of worship will lead to depression. I lose any authority I have gained when I neglect pointing my eyes in the right direction. Then the random atmosphere of the things I read and watch will have more power over me than I have over them. A morning of reading stupid comments, articles and rude posts will mess me up because I am allowing the wrong atmosphere to have the power. Can I hear another "Duh!"?? Haha!
Father, forgive me for slipping into the wrong atmosphere. Thank you for your always-open-arms. You are too good to me.
I am listening...
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