My word for 2014 is Balance.
The last several months of 2013 were a blur. Dominic and I were so busy at the office that there were times I wondered if we would make it. Now don’t get me wrong, we are blessed and grateful for this business and how God has provided for our family, but I felt very flustered for too long. I needed balance.
I thought that if my one word could be balance that I might be more intentional about finding it.
I can tell you that it has been, and continues to be, a work in progress.
I suppose I hoped that by mid-way through a year I would have been further along, but the reality is that life just happens and I allow myself to get swept up in the wave of it all.
Then one day I got an email from Bonnie Gray asking if I wanted to be a part of her new book launch team for “Finding Spiritual Whitespace – Awakening Your Soul to Rest“. Her book sounded like JUST what I needed because “rest” seemed so lacking in my daily life.
And by rest – I really don’t mean more time to sleep. While that would be nice, I have become so accustomed to sleeping WITH interruption for the last MANY years, that sleeping through the night seems unnatural to me!
No, what my spirit really needs is finding that rest IN God. In relationship with Him. (<====Click to Tweet)
“Making room for whitespace means taking the journey to confide in Jesus the way we would if he were standing right here in front of us.” pg 31
My hope is that during these times of busy, I would be intentional about seeking and finding God in the everyday. I don’t want my relationship with God to be one where I treat Him like my 1-800-CRISIS line. It HAS been that way in the past and I found that for many years I felt like God was my enemy because He just didn’t “fix” all of my problems.
Instead, I want to create a spirit of thankfulness in all situations. To find comfort in His promises despite what is happening in the world around me.
Recently I have done a few things to stay in a closer relationship with God. I have been spending a little time each morning in quiet time, reading the Bible, listening to praise music and praying over my husband and my family.
There are mornings when I am exhausted and don’t want to get up with my alarm. And on those mornings, I usually start my prayer time by thanking God for giving me the energy I need to get through the day, to do a short workout, and be awake and beneficial for my family.
A heart of thankfulness makes all the difference, doesn’t it?! (<====Click to Tweet)
Bonnie share her heart in this book. The deepest parts of the hurts from her past, a past that threatened to drown her once the details started coming to light.
And yet she also offers hope.
Hope that our past doesn’t have to define us. And a path to seeking and finding a loving God that wants us to find our rest IN Him.
I don’t want my life to be defined by how busy I was. I am thankful we are busy, but it can’t take the place of spending time seeking God’s plan for my life. Spending time in His Word, offering up prayers, even when they come from exhaustion, with thankfulness on my lips, and singing His praises are just a few things I am doing to find rest.
What areas of your life do you need to find rest?
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Thank you Bonnie for allowing me to be a part of your amazing team of women seeking to find God, find peace and find rest.
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