One crisp winter weekend last month, Hubby and I took the kids hiking to a nearby state park.
I know it sounds idyllic, but if you’ve ever been out with two little boys, you get it.
“Hiking” means you’re on the alert.
You don’t want the happily toddling two-year-old to tumble off the edge of a mountain trail, so you’re constantly herding like a sheepdog.
Meanwhile, the kindergartner is exploring, which means your nature hike becomes a tour de force of rock, dirt and sticks mixed with rapid fire Q&A.
We soon made it to a clearing. A wide open field.
Our two young colts ran wild and free. They laughed while they chased, from the back of their tonsils, down to their pinky toes. They gathered together, branches and what-nots scattered here and there. Piled them up and called it a fort.
I had so much fun watching them, I reminded myself.
This is what it means to be loved —
To run out in the open,
Free to gather and build with whatever is found,
While someone stands happy over you, simply watching you melt away the hour.
Make It Your Own
I’m learning to try on the word “delightful” this year and make it my own from God. God’s calling me to run into new open places and I’m not sure how I feel about it. But, He’s turning my gaze from the journey that’s led me here. It’s been windy and treacherous at times. And I can’t help but look back.
He’s pointing me to the here and now. And He’s asking me to trust Him. To gather what’s been scattered, even if it seems very little to me.
God’s telling us He wants us to build our little forts of joy, friends. He wants us to laugh because it simply makes Him happy.
You know your one words for the New Year? Dare to make it your own.
Run Into The Open
I’ve been reading your one words for the new year. And I’m remembering what you’ve shared last Christmas. Faith is a very practical adventure for us, isn’t it?
For those who haven’t shared your One Word for 2012 yet, I want you to feel free to rest where you’re at. I know some of you have expressed you’re hesitant to pick a one word. That’s so okay. Maybe you feel pressured and it might feel like a bloggy trend. God knows the word He is writing in you. It’s the Word Himself and He’s alive in you.
If you’re looking to start some new things this year — or you’re continuing being just who you are where you’re at — maybe you’re like me, looking back, hesitant to just run into the open.
Let’s take one step at a time together. But, let’s take that one step, as daughters of a Father who finds us delightful. If we dare to believe, I’m trusting He’ll surprise us and say, “Yes! I find you delightful. I really do.”
It seems too good to be true, but we need to test it out for ourselves. It’s not that we’re testing Him.
We’re simply putting our hearts into His hands.
His word says we are delightful. I’m praying we’ll surprise ourselves and take the dare…
To try something new — or simply rest where we’re at — being the Beloved.
“He stood me up on a wide-open field;
I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!” 2 Samuel 22:20
How is God encouraging you to run out into the open — new — this year?
Share your thoughts on the word “delight”.
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*Today’s 1/12/12 Topic*
Share your thoughts on the One Word: Delight
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*Next Thursday’s 1/19/12 Topic: * Share your thoughts on the One Word: Joy
(Interesting note: Out of the 81 One Words for 2011 shared, only **THREE** were the same! There’s so much richness in the One Words God’s put on your hearts! Next week’s writing prompt is one of the three that were selected by more than one person.)
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