Anywhere But Here

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 I quickly scan my Facebook feed and see one friend going to Ireland, one to France, another in Santa Barbara and one to Hawaii…

Admittedly, jealousy and envy rise up within me and I start to whine thinking and sometimes saying out loud:

“I want to go!”

Truth is, today is a day I really would rather be anywhere but here.

Any where but having to rush out to take the boys to school in time. Anywhere but having to sit at the hospital while my mom is in surgery and trying to talk down my dad and grandma as they fret away.  I too will fret but I know where my comfort will come from.  I know my God, the God of my Mom will not leave her nor forsake her and He certainly isn’t going to bail on me either.

I realize, I need to sink into it and just be.

Right here, right now is where God has me and you.  How much more time is spent wishing we were somewhere else when this is the Holy ground we are to walk on today?  If it’s not embraced, it will be missed it because not one day is without purpose, not one day is without His glory, not one day is to be taken for granted.

Perhaps the writer who said “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere” had this very thing in mind.

There is something divine, something Holy, something better to be found in this day.  I can either shrink back and complain like one who has been destroyed or I can choose to live by faith that this day has been planned and prepared before the foundations of the earth for me, for my mom, for you, for your loved ones and all that have breath in it.

Being faithful today requires me to look for the dirt, the stinky fertilizer, the water and the pruning shears so I will choose to bloom where I’m planted.

Won’t you join me?

My Word for the Year

Last year, instead of making a list of resolutions I would not be able to keep, I chose to join the one word 2011 community and focus to just one word which would serve as a lens to view and take in scripture, life lessons, and to listen for God’s voice in my life.

As the year came to an end and I was reflecting on all God had shown me and given me through His Peace, I began praying for God to give me a word towards the end of last year and it became clear through many avenues that the word for this year would be…

Faithful.

I have already been reminded, challenged and struck by God’s proclamation of His faithfulness. In conversations with others it comes to mind that faithfulness is something to be practiced and lived out and is certainly not easy.

This year, I want to be more faithful to in my devotion to Jesus.  I resolve to become…

More faithful to loving my husband by being faithful in all things.

More faithful in parenting my boys with grace.

I resolve to become faithful with the small things.

Faithful with the big things

Faithful with the mundane.

I’d like to be a faithful friend and a listener.

A faithful giver.

A faithful daughter.

Here is how the dictionary defines it:

1.  strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.

2. true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.

3. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant.

4. reliable, trusted, or believed.

5. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.

I’d like to be a faithful copy of the Original.

 We all notice the engraving on a rear view mirror, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”  The mirror is made of a special material that gives us the benefit of a useful rear view but makes objects appear smaller.  Smaller objects seem farther away and if you don’t heed the reminder, you could run into some serious problems.

It’s easy to forget God is larger and closer than He appears.  My faith is small, but my God is big and I long for bigger faith.  In times of difficulty and even in times of plenty, we forget… I forget… God is near.

This year, I want to step it up a bit and take some of the suggestions from Mandy over at Messy Canvas to surround myself with this word.  To search for it and study it in the Scriptures.  To research it, write about it and think more about what it can bring out in me.

I want to understand this attribute of His so that when I need to, I’ll remember, “He who promised is faithful.” And “He who calls you is faithful.”

The synonyms for “faithful” excite me but overwhelm me…

Affectionate, attached, conscientious, constant, dependable, devoted, enduring, firm, genuine, incorruptible, honorable, loving, obedient, resolute, steadfast, steady, tried and true, trustworthy, truthful, unchanging, unwavering, veracious.

More than resolving to be more faithful myself, I resolve to discover, understand and believe God for His faithfulness.  Depending solely on Him.  Trusting Him fully.  Believing what He has said is true.

What have you learned about God’s faithfulness? 

How have you learned to become faithful?

Do you have a word for the year?