Not Earmarked for Erosion
I’ve seen lots of posts on “Five Things to Do If 2013 Wasn’t Your Year”. Truth be told, I don’t even click through. Because every year could be considered “not my year” if I chose to think that way.
Some are better than others, I will concede. 2013 was filled with joy for me. Sure we had our share of heartache, loss and disappointment, but overall there were so many beautiful things that God did in our lives. I am able to continue my education, we have our health, we have each other and most of all a God who loves us beyond measure.
So it’s led me to wonder, what things should I do since 2013 was my year? How can I repeat another good year?
One thing I know that I shouldn’t do, is make drastic changes. I don’t need to till up my life, pummeling and shoveling dirt, displacing the nutrient soil my roots are made to absorb.
Digging up dirt is just earmarking my life for erosion. Definitely not what we’re created for.
My plan for 2014 is to continue fostering my root system. Water, feed and care for my Spiritual life. Look to God and do what He is asking me to do.
Love like He is asking me to love.
He has the opposite of erosion planned for my life. He has plans to save and preserve my life, eternally.
“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (New American Standard Bible)
Seems we’ve taken a page out of the same play book. I’m with you! May it be the Book of His word!
Amen brother Floyd, thank you for your good words today!
Nice alliterative title, my friend. 🙂 Great post, as always, too. You know on the face of it, in this broken world, 2013 could definitely be described as “not my year”. In fact, if God weren’t outside of time and space, as we know it, I’d say He’d concur with the fact that crap happens and it grieves Him, and in 2013, His children let Him down over and over again. Not His year, either. But wait. Through another lens, I see that it very much WAS my year. A year in which a most heavenly and gracious Father never gave up on me (or anyone who calls Him Lord), but rather graciously and undeservedly gave me 365 days full of new mercies and everything I needed. Is it hard for me to park in this place of contentment and gratitude at all times. Of course. And that’s why friends like you sharpen my iron. Endeavoring, as you, to let my roots grow deep in His love, will, and perfect plan for me and my family. Much love to you and yours in 2014.
You are such a great writer Gretchen! I love your comments. You sharpen me as well, as true blessing that we are in each others lives. I’m praying for the day we get to say, “THIS is Gretchen’s year!” And that day is coming soon my friend. Happy New Year to the Six Hannas!!
Good thoughts Audra. Perspective is my word for this year, not a list, not good at list really. But one word I can handle. So this is how it goes…I want to be courageous wise hearted woman with the right perspective. Honest I am asking the Lord to just drive truth that I already know deeper into my heart and wouldn’t you know He started on that right away. The condo we have rented for two years has sold and in two months we will have to move into, hummm, something. I have had a rotten perspective of moving…just want to stay rooted in one place and finish out my life. You would think a woman who has lived in two third world countries would have this one down pat. Nothing is ever down pat, God is always in the business of driving His truth deeper into our souls. I like your thoughts of self care of your soul. Blessings
Hi Betty and Happy New Year!! I always love hearing from you, thank you so much for stopping by.
I completely get what you are saying about moving. BUT, I’m so excited that God has so much more for you than “finishing out your life.” As you know, He has the opposite of erosion planned for you too. He has abundantly so much more, His good plans are just beginning for you. I’ll be praying for the perfect place for you to rest your head at night. Blessings to you as you navigate a move and continue to live out the gift of your courageous life!
You sweet wise woman…you are so right. There is more then just “finishing out my life here on earth.” He certainly did answer my and many prayers for a smooth move into just the right place for us. In fact I am heading back to my blog sit to finished out a few thoughts on the “move” before they leave my tired but happy brain. Thanks sister for the encouragement.