That is my word for this year.
I love how it rolls off my tongue.
I’ve been taking a course with a similar word in the title: Restoration. It’s awesome. You can check it out here.
I can’t tell you too many secrets about the course, but I can show a little of my work.
I carry these with me to remind me of Truth in my life.
If you’re stuck, trying to figure out who you were once, or who you were made to be, check out Melody Ross’ web site Brave Girls Club and check out her online course, Soul Restoration. It will start up again in April.
I’ve wondered where things are going. Like how, after surviving as a nearly-single mom and caretaker for almost a year, I was going to recover any sense of what life is like outside chaos mode.
Tenth Avenue North summed it up for me…THIS is where the healing begins: knowing who I am in Christ; knowing He has a plan for my life that isn’t all about goals and objectives and works; believing He has begun to conform me to His own image and will be faithful to complete it.
Today I begin to reclaim the essence of me. I’m joining Melody Ross on a journey she calls Soul Restoration. I feel reclamation on the horizon. Lord, create in me a new heart and renew a right spirit within me.
I have no Plan.
I turned to my husband last night and said, “I don’t know what life is going to look like for a while.” He cocked his head sideways, like he didn’t understand. Of course he didn’t; “No Plan” is not in my vocabulary.
I might not always follow my Plan, but I always (always, always) have one.
Not this year.
Not this minute, anyway. I tried to make one, but something deep inside me said this is not a time for a Plan. [Hmm?]
Matt taught this morning on giving up control at church. Hmm…was that message for me? Could there be a bit of control in my Plan?
I can tell you I don’t have any real concrete lessons to share with you right now; but I know God is at work.
[And rest assured, dear Plan-lover friends of mine, I’m not floundering. I’m not aimless or lacking direction. I’m just learning to let go a little.]
This Christmas, may we see the Creator and Sustainer of Everything in the baby in the manger. Let us look upon His face and see the miracles He will perform to free captives, the compassion with which He will embrace the transgressors. As we peer into the wooden trough, may we see the wooden cross on which He came to redeem and reconcile us to Himself.
As we eat and drink, exchange gifts, give money and time to the underpriveleged, and attend church services, let us not forget Christmas is the day we celebrate the God who humbled Himself for us. Let us spend Christmas on our faces, lifting up the very spirits inside us that He came to save.
“He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:7-11)
There are a dozen word pictures I could use to describe this last year of my life; I’m going to stick with Frozen.
I don’t want to go into a lot of detail, because some folks in my life might not understand fully if I let it all out. But I do want to say that 2010 has been a long, hard, wintry season . It has been painful. Even debilitating.
In January, I was warm. By November, I was frozen.
Tonight, I dripped.
I even puddled.
I’m re-learning how:
To have fun
To move about in our own family rhythms
I cannot remember when last I was this free in laughter and love.
I have to remember I’m not completely thawed. That will take time. And willingness to surrender. But what reward it will bring.
This winter, I will follow the sun and drink in its freedom.
Our favorite theater, Sight and Sound, in Lancaster, PA offered FREE tickets for their current show, Miracle of Christmas!
NOTE: CYBER-MONDAY SPECIALS HAVE BEEN CONTINUED ON TUESDAY. DON’T MISS OUT!
A friend told us the tree inside was beautiful, but who knew it was this glorious?
The children saved their money to buy extra-soft, inexpensive, yummy-smelling (just like the candied almonds they sell in the lobby) stuffed animals.
I snuck this shot in of the show. I hope it was okay to do that–they just asked for no flash photography. Anyhoo, I want to show you who have never been what to expect. They put on fantastic three sided theater!
Of all the fun we had that day (lunch and dinner out, meeting up with friends, buying treasures, eating candied almonds, etc.), our favorite part was having Aunt Dot join us on our field trip.
Hoping your family enjoys the upcoming Advent Season, the season we await His arrival!
I spent an awesome day with Brookie and our new Sonflower Sisters. After searching Scripture for God’s view on beauty, the girl learned how to take care of their skin.
The theme of the day was pink, Brookie’s favorite color.
She put on a pretty purple mask. She’s all about coordinating.
I pray that every time she looks into the mirror, she sees herself how God sees her.
That’s my prayer for all these girls.
Lord, let these girls treasure Your view of them, not the world’s.