I've been thinking about you...
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have an amazing start to the New Year! Our holiday was full of family and fun for sure, of which I'm very thankful for. I'm also thankful for you as well and wanted to share a few things I hope will encourage you.
The fall of 2018 for us brought a brand new chapter as we moved back to Austin from Nashville! That's a whole letter in itself, but this one is for you and about you because you've been on my mind a lot.
As we're settled in now, I look forward to connecting with you more often through email and the blog, praying for you and encouraging you in your journey. I always aim to share content that will encourage, equip, challenge, or even just to remind you that you're not alone.
During the Christmas season one of the thoughts I pondered often was how Jesus's birth interrupted the ordinary - ordinary lives and expectations.
Luke 2:11 in TPT says "For today in Bethlehem a Rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah."
Jesus - the long awaited One came into this earth in a way unfathomed or expected - in a place unexpected. Jesus - our rescuer, redeemer, healer, rebuilder, rewarder...entered the earth as a babe in a smelly, dark manger.
Interruption and the unexpected. I think that sometimes we limit God in our lives because what we are experiencing is not what we expected. Often times, if we're really honest, we allow it to be breeding ground for disappointment.
Disappointment is the greatest thief of courage for tomorrow. It's too easy to let expectations in adversity cause us to miss God's hand at work in our ordinary days. But, disappointment and disruption never has to rob us of expectation or belief that God's word and promises are true - even in the midst of hope deferred. He never changes.
What would it look like this year to make an active choice to shut down lies the enemy whispers with Truth of God's word? Long before there ever was a problem God provided a Promise.
Isaiah 43 is not just a passage to make us feel better - it's a Promise. I know personally when God is doing a new thing – it can be easier for us to hold onto some of the old for security. But, what I have learned is that you cannot fully walk in the new until you fully let go of the old. New territory is not taken or built on yesterday's familiarity.
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?"
Isaiah 43:18-19 (The MSG)
God is with you and for you no matter what may be happening in and around you. New wine cannot exist in old wineskin - my 2018 journey.
I've learned that I can fully trust my God and let go (sometimes multiple times a day) knowing that He's working out His purposes and plans. And you can too.
Happy New Year!