I began this post on Friday morning…
As I sit here and watch more snow drop to the ground, I am longing for the fog of winter to lift and for a new season to literally put a spring back in my step. There are many good and beautiful ways to look at white – it’s pure, bright, clean, calming – but as it relates to winter, I. am. done. Thank God for the change in season that is bound to come soon! Anyone else really need to sense a freshening up in your life?
I just finished watching another Livestream video that Beth Moore put up yesterday that speaks directly to a sullen soul. If you need any sort of encouragement, you ought to go watch it here. The video is titled Garment of Praise.
I’m always saying that attitude is everything, particularly when facing a frustrating situation or a period of waiting for what you hope for. I have decided that it would be worthwhile to take a few things that Beth mentioned in the video and put them into practice. A big part of the video is about trading in a spirit of heaviness for a garment of praise (as referenced in Isaiah 61:3). Oh yes, our response and attitude to our circumstances, perceived or real, is everything.
I was particularly inspired by a segment of her devotion time that had to do with how we begin and end our day.
And continued the post on Saturday…
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I like to create little reminders of verses that inspire me in my faith walk to display in prominent spots around our home. Since watching the video, I have been pondering off-and-on how to creatively keep myself focused on starting each day declaring God’s steadfast love for me and my loved ones and ending each day reflecting on how He had been faithful in that day. Then, my plan was to share it with you in case it would inspire you in some way in your faith walk.
God is in the details, and He can be blessed by our creativity…which comes from Him in the first place. Nothing extra creatively special was coming to me, until it dawned on me – why not just add the verse to my seven blank cards (remember this post?), and then get back into my love of journaling by starting and ending my day with whatever the Lord would have me write? Simple.
Sometimes the “how’s” get in the way of the blessing of just following through on our original inspiration. I want to take a moment to thank one of my sweet readers, Linsey, for commenting on a previous post I wrote entitled spring forward. The brief moment she took to comment on that post is probably part of what planted this journaling seed in my head again. I love to write (obviously), but had gotten out of the habit of keeping a personal journal until recently. Thank you, Linsey. Who knows what fruit will come from the seed you planted? On that note, I want to encourage my sweet readers to go ahead and comment… on this blog, or on others. You never know how your comment, no matter how simple, will inspire someone else. We’ve all got something to say!
I’ll leave this wordy post with an image for you to read. ; )
Blessings to you, my friends! (and don’t forget to check out the video)