Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Reflecting and Wondering

So many bloggers are sharing their resolutions and thoughts of the New Year that I was going to opt NOT to do it. But I had a wonderful time with the Lord this morning, and something Annie said in her post today prompted me to want to share it with you all.
And so, today I am opening up my journal to you.

January 2, 2008
Here I am on the second day of the new year ~ and awake in a quiet house. Amazing!
Time to reflect and wonder...
For starters, the house in which I am sitting is not the same one I was in one year ago. God, on January 2, 2007, You knew we were going to move to Okemos on August 18.
And the job Brian is getting ready for right now is not the job he had on January 2, 2007. But, Lord, one year ago You knew Brian would be opening Fitness Together on October 24.
One year ago You knew my speaking engagement on February 1 would be snowed out and I would "make it up" on November 15. You knew the women to whom I would be speaking on March 1 in Florida - and You knew that was just the beginning of the traveling I would do.
You even knew I would change my goal for having my next book written.
You knew everything about 2007 and our lives in it - before any of it came to pass. Because You are Creator-God ~ All-Knowing and All-Powerful!
Thank You, Lord, for the year that has passed. Thank You for leading Brian to FT, for giving us this new house, for helping the kids adapt to a new school and to find new friends. Thank You for all these new things in our lives - even the rats - and the new ways You are helping me see my kids and even Brian.
Thank You for making all things new. Thank You for not leaving me as I was when You saved me, but for continuing to work in me through Your Holy Spirit - that I might become who You want me to be. O, Perfect Father, please help me to be sensitive to Your voice in 2008. Help me to keep my eyes fixed upon You and to follow obediently to places You lead me.
In mothering.
In being a wife.
In being a friend.
In speaking and writing.
Lord, I want to be Your holy and obedient vessel!
Please help me hear Your voice as I consider joining Speaking Thru Me - to have time to work on that application and to discern whether You want me there.
I need to hear Your voice as I finish working on got Hope? Lord, I so want to write the words which will lead mothers closer to Your heart and will help them experience You (and so, find Hope) in the midst of their daily-ness.
And thank You that You know if I will be an exhibitor at Convention Oct. 2-4 and whether I will get to met Angela. Lord, please make the way for me!
You know I would love to lead a workshop at Convention, and I know You are fully capable of opening a door for me to do just that. As You will, Lord!
Father, please lead me as I speak this year. Go before me and prepare the way. Please prepare the hearts of the women to whom I will be speaking next week in Hamilton and Kalamazoo and Midland, and later this month in Frankenmuth. Father, please speak through me to them! You have given me such HOPE and, yes - JOY, and I want to share it.
Lord, I pray this year You will bring me before the women You want to reach with my story - moms who are struggling, who need to know they're not alone. Across the state or across the country - or even across the world, Lord. Please take me where You want me!

You already know, and I am so glad. Praise You, Father!!!

They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but they cannot see. Psalm 115:5
But You, Lord, can do it all!!!

I always love to see God bring things together. I have just started going through Psalm 115 (in my one-verse-at-a-time fashion) and this morning was considering how idols have mouths and eyes, but cannot speak or see.
God not only has a mouth to speak to our hearts, and eyes which see us all the day through, but He has a mind which knows our future, hands to hold and protect us, ears to listen attentively to our cries, and a will to do what is best for us.

Keep your eyes fixed upon Him in 2008!

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annie said...

I love looking back at the way God works in my life! Amazing. He does know everything and it amazes me He is always present, always loving, always in control. Amazing.
Thank you for sharing your journal. It was very inspirational.

Attorneymom said...

The Lord lead me to your website and blog.

I am a married working mother of 3 (Ages 10, 8 and 6). I have a very demanding career as an Attorney. The last few months have been very hard for me. I started regretting becoming a mother.

I hate feeling this way. I have been praying for God to help me.

I feel myself becoming envious of people without children.

I am going to purchase your book.

I will continue reading your blog to help me through this season of my life.

Thank you for sharing your experiences.

Ang said...

God.Is.Awesome. Thank you for sharing from your heart. I count it a privilege to pray for you over the coming year. I know He will lead and direct you in ways you never could imagine as you sit here on January 2nd. He works that way you know!



Rick said...

Karen, my apologies if you've seen this but...

I'm visiting the blogs of everyone that has left a comment on my blog this past year. I'm having a little give-away to celebrate my first annivesary. No gimicks - just fun. I'm hoping you'll sign up.