Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For When You Just Know That Something Good Is In the Wind

There are those misty mornings when you absolutely know that you must clear the decks and write away.  I lean into that unspoken invitation, tapping letters quickly on the keyboard, but the resulting words are going nowhere fast.  They make no sense.

Not even to me.

I gather them up and delete them all, choosing instead to gaze out the window like maybe some kind of magical inspiration or wild revelation might show herself in living color.

There's something swirling in my head, stirring in my heart that is aching to be birthed, but I just can't find the right words.  And it's not because I need an improved thesaurus.

For all I have in my hand are His whispers entwined with some wispy dreams ... and little else of substance.




All I know is this.  There's something coming.  And it's way bigger than my rather limited self.

I'm not even sure what that means.

I am waiting calmly, which is not typical for me.  I am long done with my old striving from back in the day and there's nothing frantic going on in my soul.  I can't wrap my hands around whatever this is, so I simply keep them open and waiting, my arms lifted high.

It's like praying, like trusting, like praising.  All expectant and hopeful.

You, too?

There's a knowing that comes, a whispering of the Spirit when He's cooking up some fresh plans.  His timetable is usually different than ours, and as much as we try to stretch our necks to peek around the corner, He knows we're not quite ready for the the call, the leading, the change, the challenge ahead.

So instead He whispers, 'peace, be still.'

And in that stillness we patiently peer through a glass darkly at yet to be discerned opportunities, for faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen {Hebrews 11:1}.  We feel it, we know it, we've prayed for it.  And all we can do is open ourselves up to the leading of our Sacred Guide, the Holy Designer who cares for each and every detail of our lives.

I can't wait to see what He's got up His sleeve.




I believe that He's readying you, He's preparing me to walk forward 'round the next bend.  It's a faith journey, the map is His Word, the Spirit is our Guide.  And we simply follow His lead, taking the next step and the one after that.  Our hearts beat in a steady rhythm of anticipation.

For He alone knows the hope-filled future plans He's prepared for us {Jeremiah 29:11}, and wonder of wonders, He specializes in doing immeasurably more than we could ever begin to ask or imagine {Ephesians 3:20}.

Are you experiencing similar stirrings, some kind of hope, an expectancy?




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traveling with

26 comments:

  1. Actually, I am, Linda. Like you, I feel a stirring, as if God is about to move in big, unexpected ways. I can't see it yet, and that's okay. All will be revealed in His sweet time.
    Blessings!

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    1. I just KNEW I'd be in good company today, Martha! Please be sure to share what you discover, ok?

      ;-}

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  2. Thank you for this message of hope, Linda! I'm not good about waiting and this is just the shot I needed. Now I can't wait to see what He has up His sleeve either ;). Much love, my friend. I hope summer has been treating you well.

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    1. Welcome back! You bring joy with you wherever you go, friend. I hope you're having great summertime adventures with your kiddos!

      ;-}

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  3. I get them, but in a different way. When it's tempting to give up on those things on which I still try to work, He says, "Keep working. Do what you can."

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    1. And you, my friend, have showed us what courageous persistence in the face of life-challenging illness has looked like. Faithfully, you have continued to write your legacy ... and have inspired all of us who have cheered you on from the sidelines.

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  4. Yes! I feel that way too. There's an area where God is stirring something and of course I want to know all the details and what exactly he is asking and how it will all work out. Thank you for this reminder to be still and wait and trust his timing.

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    1. Ah, to follow without knowing the details! That can be a hard task for those of us who long to call the shots!

      I look forward to hearing how this plays out in your life, Carly ...

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  5. I appreciate you in more ways than I could ever properly express. Oh, and that book, "The Listening Life," so incredibly good.

    "All I know is this. There's something coming. And it's way bigger than my rather limited self."

    And I think it may have something to do with the book.

    Love you.
    xoxo

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    1. {sniff, sniff}

      Your visit has brought a tear to my eyes, friend. I always love it when we re-connect. And yes, 'The Listening Life' can prompt us to become more conscious of our need to drop our agenda and pay attention to His.

      Let's see what He's gonna do ...

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  6. I have felt that way for some time but not sure what or when.

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  7. Your writing touches, lingers, and lasts. You give me gifts as quotes and thoughts wafting throughout my day. Thank you.

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    1. Gosh, you've blessed me so with these kind and generous words, friend. Really. I'm grateful to know that God is at work here in this community.

      Ya' know, sometimes we wonder ...

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  8. Linda,
    I can't wait to see what's around the bend for you! If anyone deserves a fresh burst of inspiration, a new adventure, a journey of excitement, it's you! You are an example for all of us to press on through life's difficulties, sure and steady that God has ahold of you. I'll wait along with you as you unwrap what God is offering! xo

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    1. Oohh ... I'm getting all excited reading your enthusiastic blessing, Valerie! You are such a sacred cheerleader and I am grateful that you are in my life, even from afar.

      And your writing brings me closer to Him in the most creative, winsome ways. I am so grateful for you ...

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  9. I love your way with words... I need to feel that stirring, that expectancy again. I have been feeling quite dull recently. :-( - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Oh yeah ... there's nothing like feeling 'quite dull' to prompt us to look up. We've been created for fresh streams of living water to pour through us.

      Praying that you'll find renewal, Gingi ...

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  10. It is like the strong breeze before a good storm when you have had too many hot days. Bring it!
    Can't wait to hear what happens! :)

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    1. Amen to our favorite new 2 word prayer - BRING IT!

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  11. I believe your whispers from Him are true, but will also add that several other people I know well have received a similar sense from Him that something big is about to happen. Some are considering it is something across the body of Christ with each of be readied for play our role. Love you, sweet friend, in these few less busy moments this afternoon!

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    1. For sure, Pam, He's the Divine Director ... He knows how things would play out best. We're looking to Him for our next cue, our next move. I'd say this little discussion backs up what you've observed ...

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  12. I'm with you, Linda. You can't even know how much. Wish we could meet up at the local coffee shop ... I have a feeling a rather lengthy conversation would ensue. :-) Waiting and trusting with you, my friend!

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    1. Oh Lois, I would just love to meet with you in person. Would that we could shrink the miles, yes?

      Yet I know that there are kindred spirit ties that bind, and for that I am so grateful ...

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda