“…This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
How often in my life do I look for a sign? Truth be told…I am almost always looking for a clue…a sign…something to let me know that I am on the right track, I have made the right choice, that I am doing the RIGHT thing for me and for my family. All I have to do is turn to The Word…He is there…His roadmap is there.
Without planning to do so, I took a 10 day break from blogging. I cannot explain why or how it happened, but it did. I actually sat down one day and tried to write something, but I could feel the presence of the Lord telling me to let it go. Not to force it and to move on…a sign from him not to post. Blogging for me has never been about how many followers I have or how many comments I get…blogging started out as my own spiritual journal. A place to put my thoughts after my daily quiet time. So, when the Lord made it clear I did not need to be posting, I didn’t. Amazingly, it was a refreshing break from something that I enjoy doing. If that makes no sense to you, I am sorry…in truth, it doesn’t really make sense to me, but it was a break I guess I needed. My quiet time over the last 10 days has been very peaceful, the Lord has reassured me that He has everything under control and I do NOT need to worry.
So, as I end 2010 and move into 2011…I need to remember that whenever I need a sign to point me in the right direction, I can find what I need…”wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
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I read these verses this morning as part of @stephanieweinert chapter a day challenge
It has been months since I have shared in this space. A lot of hard things have happened.
Tomorrow it will be four months since the sudden death of a close family member that was in his mid-fifties.
The grief is palpable. The loss is cavernous.
And life goes on.
And I remember that “he is my help and my shield.” And I will be thankful.
With all the grief and sadness in the world I wasn’t sure how I would handle today. How I would allow myself to grieve this loss? Today when there has so much WRONG in our world. In a post @deidrariggs shared today she reminded us that life goes on. And I realized that today this is my life. And I can grieve this loss. My life goes on... I am thankful for the 4 days we had her. On Friday I will remember each event of her last day and I will remember her dying in my arms.
And I will be both sad and grateful. #infantloss #trisomy18 #stlouischildrenshospital
Oh thank you for thus reminder, Mary. I am wrestling with a pretty significant decision right now and wanting a sign. Instead, I will stay faithful to be in the Word and trust I'll hear from him.
This is beautiful–I missed you and am so glad you're back but certainly respect your time set apart with God.
Happy New Year,