I love the word NEW!

newNEW sounds shiny. NEW sounds pretty. NEW sounds full of endless possibilities! Tomorrow is the first day of a new month. It really is kind of cool that there is always a new month coming just around the corner. I really like the chance to feel a chance to change is in the air! April has been a time of working towards a new ME. May will continue that… and I am looking forward to all that means. It seems silly that I have spent so many years with my eyes and ears and heart and mind closed off. Ignoring the new I could have embraced. Counting that part of my life as PAST HISTORY now! Embracing the NEW I can be. I want to be SHINY! I want to be PRETTY! I want to be FULL OF ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES! I know I can be… I am… it is a promise. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” ~2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) I love that promise! So bring it on May 2013! I am ready to see what you bring! I am ready continue working on the ME I am supposed to be!
Lisa 🙂

Rest

REST has a variety of definitions.  Some of my favorites are:  to cease from action or motion, to be away from anxiety or disturbance, to remain confident, and to cause to be firmly fixed.  All verbs! All something I must choose to do!  

“… in repentance and REST is your salvation, in quietness  trust is your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15)

 

God has REALLy been tapping me on the shoulder about this topic! I have spent so much of my life NOT spending time with him. Rushing and racing and stressing through life! Seems so very silly to me now… and I am beginning to realize how important to me AND Him my time really is.

I happen to be in the midst of a busy few days as I am away from home at a conference. I am having to INTENTIONALLY make moments in the day to stop, remember my focus and take a few moments to REST in His word, in His arms, in His peace.

I started thinking about this blog a few days ago and finally was able to let some of the thoughts flow out of my head onto this “page”… and then had to leave it and return later. During the time away, I noticed a post on TobyMac’s Facebook page. It is a quote from St. Augustine: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

I know the restlessness he is talking about! I have felt it for years… and I have thought I could ease it with other things. Not that they were “BAD” things… they simply were NOT focusing where my heart really wanted to be. I wanted to find the restfulness, the peacefulness, the joy but I was not going about it the right way.

It seems so very clear now. I yearn for moments of silence. I yearn for moments of solitude. I yearn for time with Him. LOTS of time!

So I will take the rest, God so freely offers me! I will choose LIFE – real life – the life I can only get from Him!

I want to cease from action or motion and have time every day in silence and solitude with my King!
I want to be away from anxiety or disturbance and sitting with my Lord!
I want to remain confident in Him!
I want to be firmly fixed on my Jesus!

Therefore, I will repent every moment of every day and I will find my rest in my Savior! I will find quietness so that I can sit with Him more often in my days and nights. I will trust in the one true God. Always!

REST… such a little word… so much more than I could possibly have imagined just a short time ago.
Lisa 🙂

#Blessed

The goods, the bads, and the uglies…  I am really, truly, honestly realizing after almost 50 years on this earth, that with God in control, I can deal with it all!  I have been participating…ok, using that term loosely…let me start that sentence over!  I have been signed up to be a part (yep, that is more accurate) of the last few Online Bible Study that Melissa Taylor from Proverbs 31 Ministries facilitates.  I have been part of a wonderful small group on Facebook that is a part of the studies.  Great books – great women! But I have NEVER really focused on it or let God guide me in using it for the glory of Him!  On April 7, a new study began and I prayed that I would use this study to grow closer to Him, to grow closer to my group and to REALLY let it change me.  Thank you Jesus… He is keeping me right there… focused on Him…focused on my study…focused on being INTENTIONAL (one of my new favorite words) about choosing to follow my Lord!  I am realizing the blessings in my life like never before!!!  AND it feels absolutely, positively WONDERFUL!  AND AND AND I owe it all to my King!  Praying now that I continue on this path and that what I do always glorifies His Name!!  I am thankful for each and every blessing in my life.  If you are reading this, it is very likely that  consider YOU one of those blessings… and for the record, I pray that I am always a blessing in YOUR life as well. Look for all your blessings! They are there. For sure!
Lisa 🙂

Book Review: THE GOSPEL OF YES by Mike Glenn

God is telling us YES all through scripture, so why do we insist on only seeing the NO?

Approaching life with a focus on His YES will help you see what you are meant to be for Him!

Mike Glenn shares scripture and his insight to remind us that God made this life for us.  He wants us to spend our time in the YES of life, not the NO.

I want to live in the YES!
Lisa 🙂

 (Thanks BLOGGING FOR BOOKS and Waterbrook Press for supplying my copy of this book for reading and reviewing.)