Christmas time always challenges me. This year has been no exception as my borders greatly increased. I pursued a long time dream of becoming an author. I attended my first writing conference and published my first story. Along the way I’ve made quite a few new friends.
In addition to this dream, I have been seeking God’s heart for my little neck of the world. I have been involved with my church as it works to add an unique third service.
A couple of years ago before all this started, I had a vision or sense that God wanted this expansion. I do my best to follow His lead. It amazes me how many other people have had this same sense and are working to make it happen. It is a huge project in which I am only a small part in.
The growing and stretching of my being moves at a greater speed and intensity. I haven’t really been paying attention until recently. The farther I get on this journey of life, the harder the challenges get and the easier life becomes as I learn more things.
This all began for me in the year 2000 when Bruce Wilkinson published a little book about the Jabez prayer.
The Jabez prayer is hidden in 1 Chronicles, chapter 4 among a list of genealogical who’s who. The prayer goes something like this: “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”
I prayed this prayer along with many other believers. Our hope was to attempt something so large that failure would be guaranteed unless God stepped in. After a few months, I forgot about it because nothing seemed to be happening.
As I look back now, I can see where God was working behind the scene.
Christmas is always a busy time. This year has been busier than ever with my new friends and projects.
A calendar keeps track of where and when I need to be. Sometimes I have to decide between two events on the same day and time. I’m required to make more decisions than usual. Priorities have to be considered and constantly adjusted.
This is a rewrite because I lost the first one. Technology has terrorized me lately. Not just with this but in other areas also. The plus side is that it slowed me down.
This season has been a fast ride. Fast rides are fun but they can also be dangerous.
I am thankful for the obstacles that slowed me down. While reflecting on the frustration of losing the first draft, I realized there was a potential regret. My focus in parts faced the wrong direction. Words are powerful. They can lift up or tear down. Someone or something was watching over me.
The journey continues and I have many parties and celebrations to attend. Joy unspeakable awaits me.
Have a wonderful Christmas and be blessed. 💜🕊