The excitement of Christmas and New Years has passed and now that it’s gone, I find myself asking, “NOW WHAT?!”
In my family, Christmas is this guaranteed day of love, laughter and joy and in light of all of the heaviness in the world, this is exactly what my family and I needed!
I don’t know about you but after a year like 2020 I need some semblance of hope.
I feel like 2020 has drained me.
I’m at a place where I have to settle down and find contentment in the routine things in life again. It’s a place where I have to CHOOSE to be victorious every day because if I don’t, I can easily slip into a pattern of depression; especially with round two of intense lockdowns happening in my province AGAIN!
I’m definitely feeling antsy in light of all of this. I feel as though I can’t face another group isolation period. It’s too much! It makes me feel lost without knowing how to settle down and find peace in the simple things.
In my heart I’m always chasing the next high.
Although, this isn’t a realistic way to live I know that things have to change. If not, my approach to life will continue to have HIGH-highs and LOW-lows and that’s not very realistic or sustainable. I’ve actually been feeling very strongly about this unhealthy contrast lately.
So I thought I should ask my husband the same question, “WHAT’S NEXT?”, to get some perspective. I wanted vision for our future! However, in that moment, he said something that didn’t really excite me…
He said, “It’s time to go deeper with God!”
“Yes, of course, I thought” and rolled my eyes. “That’s a given! But WHAT’S NEXT?????”…
What about dreaming BIG, and aspiring to BE something or someone!? Or how about traveling somewhere exciting, purchasing a home, having more kids and buying another vehicle? Clearly, we can’t solely set our sights on pursuing God this year and nothing else. That’s what we do on a given day anyways, right? WRONG!!!…
SET A NEW COURSE
Oh boy! Sometimes my inner dialogue betrays me—in a good way! It’s like this Holy-Spirit-gage that acts as a thermometer to show me where I am. At the same time, it’s like a compass with a trajectory set to ‘obedience’, allowing God’s plan to always ring true in my life!
So I quietly, in that moment, submitted to my true purpose!!!!
Ultimately It’s time for me to buckle down and go deeper with God. Although my husband’s vision may not be ‘exciting’ it’s right and it’s actually crucial to do so! Especially right now with how the world has so dramatically changed.
Pursuing the truth of God is a way for me to loose my mind of all of the things that I have partnered with this year to cause me anxiety.
The Word Of God Is a firm foundation that can help all of us navigate through real FEARS that we have partnered with during this world wide pandemic.
I sense that Father God is showing me that I have to not ONLY reorganize my priorities but also develop a more investigative heart when it comes to God’s Word.
This is because the revelation of God’s Word can cut through lies and help us prioritize the truth. It’s our only defense in helping us to stay sound.
WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
I always try to make the truths that I learn applicable. So for me this means establishing a routine that gives more room for God and His expression.
I get to sharpen my spiritual sword and recalibrate my method.
Can I encourage you by saying, this IS a process. Making an effort to change doesn’t always feel ‘exciting’ or motivating. But the more you exercise that muscle the stronger it will eventually get.
It’s time to buckle down with the help of Father God.
Also, Here’s something from the Word of God that stood out to me while I was preparing to share for this month’s blog:
“but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory”-1 Corinthians 2:7
I looked up what God’s glory is and found this:
“God’s presence as perceived by humans according to the Abrahamic religions. … Thus Christians are instructed to “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven”-Wikipedia.
Our pursuit to uncover the Word Of God can obliterate the anxiety we feel to have the next best experience, and then we can replace that with God’s Glory!
This POWERFUL exchange can produce a ripple effect that can become contagious and eternally exciting!
THE GLORY OF KINGS
There seems to be power in being investigative! How awesome is it that God has placed these precious treasures of wisdom and insight in His Word and its revelations lead us closer to Father God’s heart.
–“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”-Proverbs 25:2 AMP
There’s nothing dull in engaging our hearts with the mysteries of God.
I believe that this year can be better than last year. I believe that being more investigative can transform God’s Word from paper-to-heart and act as our ‘shield of faith’ for our hearts and minds.
The Lord truly is a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our path! As I connect with this privilege I can ebb and flow with Father God in a greater way.
Maybe my faith can act as a Gateway to Father God and others.
AND WHAT’S NOT EXCITING ABOUT THAT
I can sense that my desire for God and His truth are deepening and my appetite for life and living true to my God-roots is becoming more fulfilling.
I want to encourage you to allow God to to do the same in your heart for this year. It’s okay not to have have 2021 figured out. You’re still going to be okay!
If we can get into relationship with God, allowing Him to answer our “WHAT NOW?” then He can help us build our purpose for the day, the month and then the year.
Then we will look back a year from now and see growth and change. We can feel confident about the future and more excited about what God has for us.
I love you. I am here for you. I understand that this has been a difficult year. Please hang in there and know that eventually there is a break in such hardships and that things will get better. Right now I’m holding onto the only thing that is constant, and that’s Father God.
Let’s continue to do this together! Know that I am praying for you. You are not alone.
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