Ah, vacation. I have to tell you, this time in Connecticut has been so restorative. It started off a bit on the intense side as we buried my grandmother, but that was to be expected. After we moved through that, between the trips to New York, the amazing church services, days at home, family movie times, and books read - it's just been really wonderful. It's given me ample time to reflect and process and prepare for what looks to be a busy next few months.
And now we're down to the last 2 days of the year. Crazy! Many of you know that I'm a bit of a social media nerd and one of the things I'm loving on Facebook right now is this "2012 year in review". I really enjoy reflecting on all of the truly amazing things that God has placed in front of me this year. As with any year, there have been some challenges and changes, but it's been a true blessing. And as I look to 2013, within the first month, I'll encounter change yet again. I'll be moving to Pasadena (say hello to an extra $300/month and 2 more hours in my day), I'll begin to look for a church community in the area...all good things that come with a burden of responsibility.
The biggest transition for me is the word that has been spoken over this season - receive. For years, specifically in ministry, I've been a leader. And I have had such an incredible leading in my heart that this season is not one for that. I'm to be a participant, a member, just me. Not the girl that looks for opportunities to do, but rather one that comes before her God with a quiet heart. Talk about challenging. But it's good. It's time for me to observe and receive His blessings - and to learn from those around me. Crazy, right?
These times of change and transition merit a worshipful, expectant heart towards God. He holds the universe - and our hearts. And though I'm leaving some really wonderful comforts, I know that in this change, the Lord is bringing deeper healing, knowledge of His love, and opportunities to receive His blessings.
"I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open.
I give it all to You, God.
Trusting that you will make something beautiful out of me."