My Word for 2014…Enough is Enough

Deciding on my one word for the year always goes this way. A word comes to me in November. I run from it. Same thing happened in 2013. Here’s a snippet from my journal about my 2014 word:

“Lord, what kind of word is Enough? Enough doesn’t sound very spiritual, and I have no idea how to apply it. E.N.O.U.G.H. Enough what?”

Enough.

It was December 27 and I was getting fidgety–way past time to have picked my word. I sat in my prayer chair and read from Sarah Young’s JESUS CALLING hoping for clarity.

 

Page 378:

“Take time to be still in My Presence so that I can strengthen you.”

Further down the page…

How much better is it to walk close to Me, depending on My strength and trusting Me in every situation.”

Oswald Chambers, MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST, December 27:

“The most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live without God.”

“You know, God, I’ve done this plenty of times. Lived life my way, by fear rather than faith.”

I got down on my knees. “Sounds like You’re telling me You’re Enough. Are You sure you can handle me? Sometimes I get….complicated.”

Then I hushed long enough to listen. Here’s what I believe He said:

I am Christ in You, the Hope of Glory.

I am the Prince of Peace.

I AM the Great I AM.

Nothing slips by Me.

I AM the First and the Last. The Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End.

You can rest in Me.

You’ll never need more than I can provide.

I AM ENOUGH.

Happy tears came.

Enough. What a wonderful , beautiful, perfect word.

Deep and full and wide.

Such a strong word.

Eeee–nough.

No matter what 2014 brings, God, You’re enough. You’re more than Enough.

What’s your word for 2014? Do tell!

Love,

Julie

 

 

Porch Party… for One?

This past Sunday, I woke up extra early thinking God, I’m tired of  waiting type thoughts. I felt stuck in a writing project, and I wanted to change a situation for one of our grown children. “Are you awake?” I said, tapping my husband on the shoulder. No response, so I got up, made coffee, and decided to have a PORCH PARTY by myself.

Just our yellow Lab and me. And my stack of devotional books.

 

Glancing at the empty rocking chair, I asked Jesus if He’d like to join me.

I pictured Him sitting down and I immediately started talking.

I guess You know I woke up feeling impatient. Restless. Doubting.

He nodded, listening intently.

I told Him about my concerns.

He seemed to say, “Julie, what was your word for last year?”

You mean SURRENDER?

I sensed Him smiling.

When I worry, does it always mean I’m trying to control?

I knew the answer.

Wanting something I could touch and feel, I opened MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.

July 21, from Oswald Chambers in red:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” (Matthew 5:3). This is the first principle in the kingdom of God.

The knowledge of our own poverty is what brings us to the proper place where Jesus Christ accomplishes His work.”

Hmmm. Sounds like Step One in Al-Anon. Admitting I’m powerless over…

I imagined Jesus rocking with me. Slowly. In unison.

No matter how long I have to wait, You’ll wait with me, won’t You?

 

Opening my hand, Peace found me.

So did my husband. 🙂

Anyone struggling to let go of a situation? Let me know if you’d like prayer.

Love,

Julie

A Friday Night Miracle

“Probably ninety-nine percent of people have never seen this,” my husband said. Friday night, we weren’t expecting to spot anything amazing as we headed toward the restaurant. We were just riding down same road we’ve traveled thousands of times, going about our everyday routine, when all of a sudden, we spotted them.

Three baby foxes!

This one was the bravest–the other two ran inside the hole in the concrete.

We sat there watching. Whispering.  “They look sorta like kittens and a little like puppies,” I said. “You sure they’re foxes?”

“Positive. This is incredible.”

We watched for a few more minutes. Pretty soon Holy chills covered me.

There’s a message here, God seemed to say. Pay attention.

“We don’t live this way, do we?” Rick said.

“What do you mean?”

“Expecting God to show up and surprise us always–at any time.”

“We really don’t.”

“We should,” he said, as the baby fox dashed out of sight.

“You’re right.” I reached for his hand. “We should.”

This morning Oswald Chambers confirmed our Friday night discussion in My Utmost for His Highest

“To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of BREATHLESS EXPECTATION.”

Breathless expectation!

Oswald says…

“When we have the right relationship with God, life is full of SPONTANEOUS JOYFUL UNCERTAINTY AND EXPECTANCY.”

Oh, Lord, let me live every day expecting You to break in at any moment.

Because You can.

You have.

You will.

Has God surprised you lately?

Love,

Julie