December Updates

Okay, okay, okay — it’s the post you’ve been waiting for all week! Updates! Where have I been? What have I been doing? What have I been thinking? When will I be back to writing? {Well, you may not have been that interested in my life or even realized that I’ve been slacking off on writing.  But if you have — and hey, even if you haven’t — here are the answers to those burning questions.}

I spent the second half of October hopping from church retreat to church retreat and really trying to rest and soak in God’s presence in the days between.  At the end of September/beginning of October, I spent a lot of time traveling: a total of 17 days away from home, all across the eastern United States and even spending some time in Canada.

Well, let me back up a little bit more: my family has this thing we do where at the beginning of each year, we ask God for a word for the year.  This word usually sets the theme of the year spiritually and is kind of just a chapter title for that year of our life.  This year, my word was “New”, that God would be doing new things in my life and that the end of 2018 would look nothing like the beginning.  And it’s been true: I’ve grown a lot in my faith and in different ways I hear from God.  I’ve experienced things I’ve never experienced before, traveled places I’ve never been before (physically and spiritually), understood things I’ve never understood before, and seen things I’ve never seen before.  It’s been a year of knowing God in new ways.

He even surprised me this year (I mean, of course He did) by doing the word of the year in a new way.  When September rolled around, He told me my word was “Acceleration” and I just laughed, because of course He would do things in such a new way that He would give me a new word of the year before the year was even over, which also spoke to how quickly, how accelerated, things were becoming.  Opportunity after opportunity arose for me to travel and see more of God’s creation in September, and I made several spur-of-the-moment decisions that happened so quickly my only regret is not having more time in-between them to update people about them.

October came with a new word also: obvious.  God began revealing to me things that had previously been hidden, but when He showed me, they became so obvious that I saw them everywhere.  It was overwhelming and wonderful and exhausting.

November.  Wow.  November came and went in the space of a blink.  The theme for November was “new wind”, because Ecclesiastes 11:5 just kept on showing up everywhere I looked.  It says,

“Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.”

For me, throughout November, that meant that even though I didn’t understand what God was doing, He was moving.  Even if I didn’t see God moving, He was.  It was new and like wind, it was a mystery.  But it was also comforting and a good reminder to know that God can and does work outside of my sight and understanding, and that neither of those two things are as applicable to seeing God move as my faith is.

As for what I did in November: I spent some wonderful time with my family as we took care of my dad after he had surgery, two of my sisters had birthdays, and we celebrated Thanksgiving.  It was busy and joyous and full of anticipation to see God move.

So now as we enter into December I am confident that breakthrough is coming.  And while this is something to be excited about, it’s hard.  It’s the pushing and the contractions before the birthing of something new.  It’s messy and it’s uncertain, but it’s coming, and it’s good.

Psalm 84:11 has also been on repeat for me throughout this season also.  It reads,

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.”

And for me, I’ve taken that to mean that if we are doing what is right and God withholds no good thing from us, then if something is being withheld, it isn’t good.  Or at least, it isn’t good for us now.

So, yeah.  I’m waiting and praying and resting and hoping and stepping out in faith as God leads me.  I know breakthrough is coming.  And as the song by Elevation Worship, “Won’t Stop Now“, says, “By faith, I’ll see a miracle”.

And what better time for a miracle than the Christmas season, when Christ came to be with us and called himself Emmanuel, declaring that He is with us?


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I'm a writer who publishes my thoughts on the life I'm living, literature I'm reading, and God I'm serving. Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

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