It’s Been So Long!

I’ve just been doing life, ya know?
There seem to be seasons of blogging and seasons of silence.
But I always miss the blogging and I always come back to it.
There’s been so much this year, but I think I say that every year 🙂
Instead of recapping, I’ll just start from here and look ahead.
Because I’ve realized it’s no good to keep your heart focused on what was. Gotta keep moving on.
I like to focus on one word every year, like a theme that overarches everything.
I pray and I ask for the word, and I try to listen for what God is saying in the focus that comes from putting that word out front in every area of life.
This year the word is NEW… and there’s re”new”al in there too…
Here’s how it’s been breaking down for me so far in 2020…
  • New perspectives – opening myself up to see things through God’s eyes instead of my own, realizing that sort of view will change me, change my pre-conceived notions, change my interactions with others, my relationships, my work, my effort, my thinking patterns, etc!
  • New experiences – being willing to attempt things that may usually cause me great anxiety and fear, knowing if God has it for me, He’s for me in it 🙂 and my confidence is in Him and how He has gifted me
  • New every-days – caring for myself is important too, and most likely most important because I can’t care well for others if I’m not healthy myself – this means emotionally, spiritually, and physically. There’s also an aspect of self-kindness too – forgiving myself when I fail instead of condemning myself, letting go of rigidity and trying to be more flexible with myself (and others!), letting myself enjoy the days and putting things into my days that fill my heart too 🙂

And re”new”al – those things in my life that are broken, damaged, neglected – giving them to God to heal and restore as He sees fit and in His timing. Trying to be positive and delightfully surprised instead of skeptical or pessimistic as I experience how He makes all things new in ways I could never have imagined.

There’s this phrase “new normal” that I’ve been hearing for years, but it’s especially relevant this year with COVID, and I’ll wait to see what the “new normal” looks like for our family and our ministries.
Verses on repeat in my thoughts and prayers during this year of NEW are…

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
And the song…
Do you have a word for this year, or a focus, or something specific God is teaching you these days?

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