Warmth

Walk His Way

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.  When I awake I am still with You.”  Psalm 139:17-18

Walk it Out

This is for all my momma friends out there who can recall the time of your “baby bump,” the one in the front that is!  Perhaps you are right there now.  You may have just gotten up because these words reminded you that you must get that all-ready-room, ready again.  Go ahead and read that sentence one more time, a bit slower.

Nesting

With each of my three pregnancies, I must have drove my husband nuts.  I planned and prepared.  Cleaned and organized.  Repeatedly.  I can still hear the words of my gentle guy, “Honey, the baby hasn’t come yet, so she could not have made a mess from yesterday.”

Still it needed to be cleaned and organized.  Again.  How can our men possibly understand this madness?

Well, I am far beyond those years and here I am again.  Nesting like crazy.  Cleaning and rearranging home accents and furniture.  Purging and painting.  Switching out complete rooms.  Messing with someone’s “feng shui,” I am certain.  Although I don’t know exactly what that is, I like the sound of it.

Early one morning as I woke, the need to nest, no longer present.  What was there was very clear.

Come spend time with Me.  

So, I did.  This time early in the morning with Jesus is my favorite time of day!

“In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” (Psalm 5:3)

He draws us near.  He sees our restlessness.  Our nesting.  Our need for change.  Or our fear of it.  He takes the words right off our hearts, why am I nesting so fervently, Father, I know that You can see how real it is?

He speaks gently and patiently.  He reminds us that change is good.  Birth of something new is exciting.  He nudges us to go on.  Roam and explore all that He has in store for us.  Hidden treasures to discover.  Grow in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding as He extends it through the pages of Scripture.  Share with every opportunity placed before us and through every resource given.  Watch for growth.  Everywhere.  Be patient with the process and people placed in it.

Reminding us that change can be fun.  Change can invite unexpected gifts, waiting to be given by a Father who gives exceedingly more than we could ever ask or imagine.

Along the way, God will eliminate the fear and doubt, and extend courage and confidence in its place.  What an exchange!

So, with this new strength, I begin again.  Putting newness together.  Arranging what it clear and good.  Eliminating what is not.  There is a freshness to it all.  A quiet, restfulness.  Chaos given way to contentment.  Something is on the horizon, and I am getting ready.  Prepared.  Excited even!

Prayer

Dear Abba Father, thank you for the early morning nudge to rise and spend time in your care.  Thank you for showing us and showering us with your love.  Father, please help us to love as you do.  Please help us to listen more and to leap into action facing whatever lies ahead in your strength.  On our own, we will continue to be restless and yet our hearts and minds desire rest.  Grant us the ability to rise above the chaos into your calm and extend to others your gracious care.  Amen

Will you walk with me?

Let’s step out of our old or newly arranged rooms and imagine we are walking along a beach line, together.

Sand sifting through our toes, drawing attention to every good gift from above.  Stay here a bit.

Focusing for a moment on what life has offered, kindly, as warm as the afternoon sun.  Linger to remember if need be.

Breathing in courage, confidence and careful counsel as fresh as the ocean air.  Concentrate until its discovery.

Exhaling fears, failures and flawed findings.  Best left undetected, buried in the ocean’s floor.

Excited for this newly created space and what lies ahead, just beyond where we are.  Like the joy a new baby brings.  Precious life.  Or a newly arranged room.  Ready for creativity and new discoveries.  They will come, be patient.

Yes, I know this will mess with someone’s “feng shui,” but we all have a choice to make.  I choose His way, how about you?

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