As all the world was saying “that’s a wrap” to 2016 and preparing for 2017, I did what I always do: I asked the Lord for a word or phrase that could be mine and His — a sort of theme for the year…a means of being purposeful in the continuation of our love story. I sensed His familiar impression in my heart with the gentle but clear answer, “listen and obey.” Over and over again, all around — listen and obey. In everything, from the big-picture life-altering visionary kinds of things to the itty bitty details (and everything in between), simply listen and obey.
So here we are, and I know there are 1,000,000 things you could be doing: folding laundry, finishing the project that is due at work on Friday, mowing the lawn, making your grocery list… But I want you to know that my sole aim is to create space to do just what He said —
- quiet our hearts,
- listen for what He has to say,
- take courage to follow in faithful obedience, and
- applaud each other in our relentless pursuit of the Father’s heart.
While you’re here, I hope you will pause…linger…imagine us together, you and me. Maybe we’re resting in rocking chairs with iced tea on the porch, or maybe we’re on a sunset walk on the beach as the sun dips below the horizon — whatever your flavor. Just know that I long for your company and genuinely am so glad you’re here! If you find yourself thinking “there must be more to this life of faith”, or asking all kinds of questions about why your life looks so much different than that of your favorite Bible hero, or maybe you feel that familiar sense of dissonance in your spirit when THE Spirit is leading you out into uncharted waters but all kinds of things are holding you back, then YOU, my friend, are a kindred spirit of mine. Let’s sit with Him together and talk about it. Let’s pray together. Let’s see what the Word of God has to say about all those thoughts rolling around in our minds.
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” For years, that phrase has been an internal check in my spirit. Since I was a 6th grade girl at GA summer camp when I heard it for the first time, this quote by a man that I know surprisingly little about has been a consistent reminder to fight against all kinds of sinful brokenness that attempt to assault the Light. But we all know how that turns out: as soon as the light is turned on, the darkness has to flee. Instantly. Period. It’s a law in both the natural and spiritual worlds. So that is my aim, friend. Let’s allow the oil of the Holy Spirit and the Light of the world to fill us from the inside out as He tips my wick toward yours, and yours toward mine, and we touch each other in a holy lighting ceremony. And then we just keep it going! [doesn’t that image bring to mind a Christmas eve candlelight service, or a group of campers sitting around the campfire singing, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going…”? Yeah, I just dated myself on that one :)]
So welcome to this space! Glad you’re here! May you feel the warmth, see the light, and hear the music!
Shalom in your home,