Steadfast

I choose Steadfast as my word for this year not because I need a plan for 2016, but because I never want to forget the lessons I learned in 2015.

I’m not certain just when this lesson began to sink in.  God used many people to drive it home. Perhaps it was…

  • …on my knees as I read through The Book of Not So Common Prayer and fell in love with my Saviour again.
  • …listening to Mystie Winckler talk about motherhood and Christ-following, mundane tasks and high-callings, striving and contentment.
  • …reading Allison Burr describe the Christian life as “A long obedience in the same direction.”
  • …listening to Mere Christianity over and over as my doubt was slowly swept away and my faith restored.
  • …reading from Bryana Johnson’s Having Decided To Stay and feeling the words of her title poem lodge deep within my soul until it felt like a prayer and a resolution and a promise and a desire all rolled into a single resounding shout.
  • …memorizing 1st Corinthians 13 with my children and hearing all of those difficult words that describe love: suffereth long, seeketh not her own, beareth all things, endureth all things.

I like to think that it was all of those things plus a thousand others, all gifts from God brought into my life in order to teach me to say “Thy will, not mine, be done,”  and to really mean it.  Learning to realize that not every time of life is a mad dash forwards or upwards: that sometimes what we are called to do is to stand steadfast in the storm.

 

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;

Ephesians 6:13-18

I hope that 2016 will be a year of moving forward.  I’d like it to be a year of restoration and healing, of tenderness and progress.  But whatever this year brings, I pray that I will remember 2015 and not back down.  That I will be steadfast.

 

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