Maybe I’m thick or just a little bit scared. Probably a bit of both. And when I give in to fear-based Negative Nellies in my brain I get bogged down by doubts, becoming unproductive.
Him ever working to keep me on the unique path that is my God-ordained destiny. My calling beckoning my heart that this is the way to go. And often Father calls upon you to help move me along or get me back on track when I’ve veered from the path for a while.
As summer winds down God breathes fire blazing bright as autumn leaves into my soul through love and encouragement from His word, the words, prayers and love of family and friends; and unexpected gifts from three women.
Last month during bible study I requested prayer for clarity and direction regarding my life’s work. Shortly after arriving back home I checked my email and this website. A precious reader named Brandi had taken time to write and I can’t thank her enough.
Her words an answer to prayer impacting my heart so greatly that I framed them for my desk as a reminder to never “stop sharing your song with this world.”
Then my Michael and I traveled to the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of September to spend eight days with my son and his lovely girlfriend. And that entire experience touching our hearts so profoundly and with such unimagined encouragement that we continue reflecting on it weeks later.
Originally we planned to rent a cottage near their apartment but an unforeseen financial loss this summer altered our ability to afford it. We asked Ben and Kimmi if we could stay with them in their home and were graciously and enthusiastically affirmed.
Of course you can stay with us. We would love to have you.
We are convinced the immensity of the blessing — so much of it coming from living day by day in community — would have been lost had we the money to pay for the rental cottage.
God took something away so that He could completely blow our minds by giving us something so much better. And their words that week encouraging us, shedding light on our path. And isn’t Father always doing this? Giving us His best yet we like scared silly sheep forgetting to just trust.
While we were busy exploring and being inspired by the natural beauty of an area brand new to us both, and sharing God with our kids and their hearts newly opening to Him, my brother-in-love emailed my husband that a painting was en route to me from his wife, a very gifted artist.
Mark wrote that God impressed him to suggest to Kim to just paint, creating three paintings during the next month instead of looking for a job in their new location. He further said that he prayerfully believed the first painting was meant for me.
Are you getting the sense that God is up to something here as He works in each of our lives, and all of us connected through His great Father heart, and everything overlapping as His plans unfold? And all of us, as we follow God’s promptings, touching another, urging them to keep going. All for God’s good plans for us.
We were back a day from our trip when the huge box arrived. And the painting whispered it’s story to my soul before I discovered on the backside of the painting the name assigned to this work.
Becoming. This woman with three faces is herself and each of us, every woman the world over. She is me. She is you. And she is ever morphing as are we once we break free of fear, doubt, unforgiveness or lingering sadness that holds us stagnant, feeling blue and often unmotivated and unloved. Then she warms as her heart and eyes open, gazing with a budding determination into an unknown future. Finally, she glows with inner radiance and hope that comes from above. Having become all that her Father created her to be. Fully alive and able to impact others for good. And there is joy and fullness of love. And she goes forward into the freedom of her God-ordained story, the unique tale of God’s thoughts of her manifesting as she holds His hand, life unfolding with every new breath, every baby step of obedience bringing her more in line with His will. His light in her beaming into a darkened world where hearts are desperate to receive His gift and her’s…
Kim’s gift of art from her heart called “Awakening” inspires and motivates me to keep walking the Way, following God so that I can keep becoming all He intends for me to be, pursuing my calling of writing and mentoring words of truth and love that helps set women like you free to become all you are meant to be.
But God. And I can’t say this enough for it is everything, all in all.
And just this very morning another gift of encouragement from a sweet friend who lost her husband three years ago today.
Keep meaning to tell you that I just love your book “Heart Cry“. I continue to go to in on days like this weekend. Your book as well as a few others help me to continue to give up my sadness for joy and focus on the journey. Thank you for writing it. I love the line on the last page… “everyone’s unique life story is a whisper of God’s grace”. So very true.
God is always speaking to us, often using others to help direct our paths and reinforce what our true hearts already know but for one reason or another — fear, laziness, a sense of entitlement — don’t pay enough attention to make a marked difference in our lives or the lives of others.
Is God speaking to your heart today about your calling?
Then will you join me in loving God and walking obediently? As we do our paths become clearer step by step and hope propels us to keep sending our gift out into this dark and hurting world regardless of doubts, discouragements or seeming obstacles.
And we fill with purpose overflowing…
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