I lost myself and the words in the whirlwind of January and now a blizzard of a February just arrived, and it's time I take a few minutes to breathe, reflect, focus.
The snow slows everything down. I love that. My school has been closed since Thursday afternoon due to snow, and while a bunch are getting a little stir crazy, it is the sweetest thing to be together, to just sit and pause and watch the Olympics on a Saturday night or to try sledding or snow-angel-making or hot-chocolate-drinking . . . together.
And as the snow slows me down, I take a break away from the togetherness to be together with you, to share with you about this new 2014 and the gift I've been given in it.
The gift is in the word. Several bloggers have chosen to pick one word for their year. To mark and measure their year by their one, handpicked word. I'm pretty sure I've done that before, but I don't remember what my other words had been. I know I often take a long time pondering (aka over thinking) such things . . . it always has to be perfect. The right word. Right nuance.
But this year, the word given me was given clearly and simply and quickly.
The word of 2014 is nothing remarkably unique or creative or controversial.
But it's the bridge that bears me up over oceans.
I am called to possess it, to choose it when those oceans rage anger.
Or even when they seem hauntingly, beautifully calm.
I've walked the Bible way since I was old enough to read and think. I'm learning to walk the Jesus way, intentionally and purposefully, and sometimes, all the Bible words I danced with when I was little have been misunderstood and seem too quiet.
But faith is no bland word. It's not self-defined by my Christian-ese.
No. Faith is powerful.
It's active and difficult and strong, and without it, there is no way I can even please my Father God.
There is NO WAY! Yet I admit bashfully and somewhat shamefully . . . I'm not even sure I know what it means.
I think I've learned a little in these past few weeks.
I'm excited to share and yet to also keep extending myself into this powerful believing and trusting that I don't fully understand yet but for which I am grasping. Come with me? Maybe we can figure some of this out together. In the snow. Or the freezing rain. Or in whatever way sweet Oregon ends up displaying her affection.
All God's peace!