After years of making unkept resolutions followed by guilt and self-condemnation at not keeping them, I ran across something last year that was like a breath of fresh air.
Instead of making a list of a bunch of stuff you know good and well you aren’t going to do, you ask God to reveal to you one word that will be a sort of focus for the coming year.
My word for 2011 was aligned.
Aligned with His will. Aligned with God and not with man.
And I see looking back so many places where He was doing that. He was gently but firmly moving me back towards center, towards the heart of the matter…His heart. And He kept right on doing it, even after I had sadly forgotten to think daily of my word.
And then the summer came, the kids were out of school and my blogging nearly dropped off completely. And I realize now just how much my blog is accountability for me – a pouring out of what God’s poured in. And as the season changed and I struggled to find quiet time alone, I found myself drifting, floating. I wasn’t pouring in as much and as a result there wasn’t much to pour out.
We all need to have some time of quiet to contemplate, to listen. But I stopped taking mine. And it was painfully evident.
I was all out of alignment again.
But now the season for new beginnings is here and over the last few weeks, I have again felt a longing, that pulling from the Lover. His whispered call to return to my Center. To come back to that place of nearness, enclosed in His arms with my ear pressed to His chest listening to the rhythmic breathing of the Almighty God flowing in and out…sending and drawing.
Like a holy dance of the ages, swirling and spinning, beautiful colors and glorious refrains composed by the One who made the stars.
In order to stay in step with Him, I must cling to Him. Bind my heart to His.
He is the Living Water that quenches my thirst.
He is the Bread of Life that satisfies a deep hunger within.
He guides, He heals, He sustains.
He is the Master Carpenter and He lays the plumb line.
Match my heart with Yours, O God.
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