The Real God

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Happy New Year! If you have been following this blog for a few years you know that this is my favorite time of year because of the opportunity of new beginnings.  I am a big fan of new beginnings, second, third, or fortieth chances.  But instead of writing about how you can set new goals in 2016, let go of things weighing you down from the past, or start brushing your teeth more, I wanted to share one simple thought.

What if you started this year with a right perception of God?  What if you woke up each morning and walked through your day in whatever unique way you do with the correct filter of how God sees you in every circumstance… wouldn’t that be amazing?

Think about it.  What happens between you and God when you mess up?  Say, loose your temper…again?  Or fall flat on your face with a struggle that you thought you had overcome?  Or drive by the homeless person whose frosty breath makes you thankful for your warm car–yet you keep on driving?  Or gossip or overindulge or judge or lie… just a little?

Shame. Guilt. Remorse. Defeat. Hopelessness.

And as a result you avoid facing your creator because of the label you have picked for Him in that circumstance:

Moody God, Judgmental God, Fickle God, Distant God, Prejudiced God, Unhappy God

Take a lot of those over the course of the year and you have turned your face away from God enough to give you whiplash.

But those are False Gods.  Fake. Made up by messy human hearts. And the whole time the real, true God is patiently waiting for you to put down your label maker and turn toward him.

You have a God who loves and LIKES you.  He is patient, kind, enduring, warm, close.  He is infinitely forgiving and pursuing of you REGARDLESS of your actions, words and thoughts.

“I have come to call not the self-righteous, but sinners.”  Matthew 9:13

My friend, we are all sinners.  We are all called by God.  Wooed by him, pursued.

“The men and women who are truly filled with the light are those who have gazed deeply into the darkness of their own imperfect selves.” Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God.

So back to 2016.  Can you walk into this year setting aside your false prejudices against God and yourself?  Can you be filled with the light because you realize the truth of your imperfections and still cling tightly to God’s mighty hand in your life?

Can you confess your sins to God and still look him in his loving eyes?

I think our year might just be amazing if we can figure this out.

To a new year and a real God,

xoxo,

Amy

 

Almost There! A New Beginning…

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Happy New Year’s Eve!  We are on the cusp of something great–a new beginning.  A new year, a fresh start, a time to take one glance back and then turn our heads forward, peering into the blank canvas of a new year.

This past year may have been harder than others, with unexpected disappointments that still sting.  Or maybe for you it was the climbing out of the valley, a mountain-top year full of ease and peace.

Either way, hopefully we have grown a little, learned from our mistakes and difficulties, found wells of gratitude to dip from, found rest in the joyful, and can now walk through 2015 with whatever it brings, stronger, wiser, and more confident in God’s purpose for our days.

When we walk through life with God, open to his calling of our time and our talents, we can live to our fullest, our happiest.  We can weather the trials because we know God has much to teach us through them.  They are a pruning for a flourishing that would never exist without the cutting back.

Where will we flourish this year?

How will we use our time and talents for God?

Lisa Terkeurst expresses beautifully a framework to enter this year:

“In God’s plan you have a part to play. If you know it and believe it, you’ll live it.  You’ll live your life making decisions with the Best Yes as your best filter.  You’ll be a grand display of God’s Word lived out.  Your undistracted love will make your faith ring true.  Your wisdom will help you make decisions that will still be good tomorrow.  And you’ll be alive and present for all of it.” (The Best Yes, p. 6)

To be present in our life–what a great gift for ourselves and those around us–letting go of the past, not fearing the future.  Just living for today, in the moment with all God has for us!  Today we say goodbye to 2014, and hello to a new year~let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

 

 

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