Twelve Days of Christmas Update – January

I know you have all been waiting with bated breath to hear how the first of my twelve days of Christmas for 2010 went. (Ha Ha)

Well, exhale and be prepared to be disappointed.

Was there ever a time in your life when you received a message from God and it seemed so clear how things would go? Then as time progressed events didn’t unfold quite like you thought they would or should. Maybe the message was still clear but the avenue of execution was looking like a different story altogether. That’s my life this month.

I still feel strongly about taking the spirit of Christmas through the entire year, but I’m also beginning to realize it likely won’t be as neat and prettily packaged as I thought. For example, I didn’t count on dealing with a season of Why Bother (read about that here). I also didn’t expect to be so preoccupied with the after effects of the Haitian earthquake and how God might want me to respond to that crisis.

There have been a couple other opportunities that I couldn’t have anticipated and they look nothing like what I thought God was going to have me doing to celebrate Christmas in January. I like checking boxes, one for the 25th of each month. God’s not into boxes so much. He’s more concerned with how these experiences grow my heart and draw me closer to Him.

So I’m learning how to adjust my plans (no matter how well-intentioned) to be in line with God’s plans and also to look for the opportunities each day to be God’s hands and feet, however that may look. Who knows what things will look like in February? Not you and not me, but God knows and I have confidence that He will continue to provide the invitations and the way to accomplish whatever plan He has for me.

So stay tuned, if you dare, to see how this journey will unfold. I have a feeling that it’s going to accomplish what God wants even if it looks nothing like I think it should. It should be interesting if nothing else!

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2 responses to “Twelve Days of Christmas Update – January

  1. Hmph! Do I ever know what that’s like. In one of those seasons right now myself 😉 Love you girl!

  2. God’s will sometimes is not what we would at first glance choose. It reminds me of this passage of Paul’s: “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
    (Eph 6:5-20)

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