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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 6 January 2019 –  FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SPECIAL EDITION – NEW YEAR NEW WORD – RESTORATION

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SPECIAL EDITION – NEW YEAR NEW WORD – RESTORATION

 

Each year, toward the end of the year for the past four years, Holy Spirit has dropped a word for the coming year in my spirit.

 

This year not so much. Always by September or October I’ve known my word for the coming year. But September passed, then October. Even November came and went, and I’d heard nothing of my Word. Fleeting thoughts, words—RECONCILIATION, COMPLETION, ADJUSTMENT—but none that really resonated in my spirit. I was floundering.

 

In truth, I’ve been floundering on all counts for months—since my last book in May, and my surgery in June if I’m honest. Recovery from both has been tedious, shall we say. While learning something new—using my knees in ways I’ve not been able for so long—I’ve also been rather lost without my writing. (And thus, no post for New Year’s Day.)

It seemed I wasn’t ‘hearing’ my word for the coming year. But that wasn’t entirely true. In fact, it was Tuesday or perhaps even Wednesday, I realized why I was so flustered—RESTORATION, my word this past year, is making a repeat performance. Co-starring RECONCILIATION, COMPLETION, and ADJUSTMENT. With guest appearances by FOCUS and DISCIPLINE.

While I’ve seen so many posting about the difficulty of 2018, and rejoicing to see the year end. I sat quietly in my little corner and marveled at how gracious Father has been to me during this past year. And, it seem, He’s not done yet. Is He ever? Done with us?? Isn’t He always reaching to us, drawing us, wooing us to His side?

 

…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:6

 

What has this to do with Sunday Devotional? Seems the word of the year has become quite trendy. I’ve seen quizzes and an app or game to discover your word.

 

But for some of us, it’s not a silly thing at all. Rather, it’s a deeply spiritual thing. And for me, at least, it’s not even something of my own choosing. For me, it is an intimate promise from the Father.

 

This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:18-19

 

Restoration is not mine to do or give. Restoration is Father God’s to give. It’s in His hand, it’s all in His hand. And I’ve claimed what’s mine, what He’s promised me. And now it’s time.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Year’s Special Edition, 2019, New Year New Word,  RESTORATION, Alignment, Adjustment, Completion, Reconciliation; Focus, Discipline; Restoration, Breakthrough, Shift, Forward, Inhabit, Expectation, Rest

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 1 January 2018 – NEW WEEK NEW YEAR – SPECIAL EDITION – RESTORATION

NEW WEEK NEW YEAR – SPECIAL EDITION – RESTORATION

 

Looking back a bit, taking inventory of sorts—and snickering at how simplistic and basic Robin’s Nest was in the early days.

 

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line… Zechariah 4:10

 

On setting goals.  I’ve never done the whole New Year’s Resolution bit.  Attempted it a few times, because it was a challenge, and I felt obligated.  To prove I could do it.  Gauntlet thrown and all that.  (1 January 2015)

 

Somewhere toward the end of 2014 Father gave me a Word for ’15. I had never heard of a Word for the year until somebody shared on Facebook what their word was for the coming year. In the twinkling that I read that, without even the intrigue of the idea, without even a moment to consider or wonder what my word might be, Holy Spirit spoke it to me: FORWARD.

 

 

For the record and upon reflecting, my Word for 2014 was:

 

SHIFT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLlRp8yYpwk

 

It surely was true. Everything in my life began to SHIFT in 2014. And Father nudged me forward in 2015 into what I now see as my present. I went into 2014 just beginning to write, I started my blog and released my debut novel, Tessa. And that beginning gained momentum in 2015, and moved me FORWARD, fully vested in this thing called writing.

 

EDIT: As I read through this post this morning, the first day of 2018, Holy Spirit spoke to me about 2013. My Word that year, even though I was unaware, was COURAGE. I graduated college, and although it wasn’t my planned career, I embarked on my writing. And I addressed an issue within my nuclear family. At first, that looked like I had destroyed my family. But it was a bedrock issue, a cracked foundation that had to be exposed and rebuilt. Now, four years later, the new is under construction and restoration is forming.

Oh! The degree? Interior Design. While I may not be working in that field, I can always do concept work. I have my degree and no one can take that away from me! And the writing? More solid than ever!

COURAGE

 

True to His nature, Father once again gave me my Word for the New Year before I even gave it a thought or consideration, INHABIT.

 

 

Cool thing about this banner—I had a vision a few years ago of this exact castle in which the castle was mine. Imagine my utter astonishment when I saw a photo of the actual place! Even the terrain was the same, and the sea beyond!

 

This past year, 2017, has been a year of EXPECTATION.

 

So many things, so many years, waiting, waiting… And last year (end of 2016) Father told me this was a year of EXPECTATION. And I’ve seen things begin to turn. Big things, heart things, things I’ve longed and yearned and prayed for. The tide is turning, the dawn is breaking.

 

So this year, 2018, is RESTORATION.

 

Lies kept me from the fullness of God’s Word. From the promises that He has given to His children. I peruse old journals and I can track my history, my growth, changes in my thinking. Learning who I am. I can see dead leaves falling away and new growth breaking through. I think of all the things I’ve lost and gone without, all the promises I’ve read and wondered when it will be my turn.

 

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten. Joel 2:25

 

There’s been a LOT of years, a LOT of things the locust has eaten. A LOT the enemy has stolen.

 

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10

 

I’ve been robbed because I let myself be robbed. I’ve blogged about it before. I write about it, for goodness sake! I’ve been robbed because… because I didn’t believe I deserved not to be. I’ve been robbed because I didn’t know I could fight it. I didn’t know how to fight it.

But now I do. (I’ve blogged about that, too. A lot!) And now, it’s time for REST and RESTORATION.

 

For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17

 

And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

 

res·to·ra·tion, restəˈrāSH(ə)

noun: restoration

the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.

synonyms:  repair, repairing, fixing, mending, refurbishment, reconditioning, rehabilitation, rebuilding, reconstruction, overhaul, redevelopment, renovation

 

Restoration is not mine to do or give. Restoration is Father God’s to give. It’s in His hand, it’s all in His hand. And I’ve claimed what’s mine, what He’s promised me. And now it’s time.

 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

 

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

 

So I go into 2018 with great eagerness and anticipation, great hope and joy. Because RESTORATION. RESTORATION is mine this year.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pD2zIuiC2g

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Year’s Special Edition, 2018, Restoration, Breakthrough, Shift, Forward, Inhabit, Expectation, Rest

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Hey, ever’body!!! I’m B-A-A-A-CK!!!

 

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Didja miss me??? After my blog-intense month of October, I took November as a sabbatical. Also intent on writing for NaNoWriMo. While I did get started on a story, I did not achieve 50K words [a mere 16K] I do have start on what will be the first of a series. It is, however, shelved for now, as I will focus my writing on the sequel to Tessa. I had not intended on a sequel, but 2 or 3 people asked about it, so I set my mind to it. and find myself more than a little bit amazed at how the story lends to it so beautifully! It’s not a sequential story, as Tessa ended in January of 2012, but a tangent that I wrote right into Tessa, without realizing it at the time!!!

And now…..

 

FORWARD

 

On setting goals. I’ve never done the whole New Year’s Resolution bit. Attempted it a few times, because it was a challenge, and I felt obligated. To prove I could do it. Gauntlet thrown and all that. But quantifying an objective, let alone a reasonable objective, let alone an objective I thought I could actually attain, that proved the greater challenge. And so, I failed before I even tried.

 

That said, this year is different. For many reasons. 2014 was a year of SHIFT.

And this year, the new year, 2015 is a year of FORWARD:

 

After being “in the boat” going to “the other side,” this year the “going” becomes “arrived,” and I’m moving FORWARD. This scenario was the basis for a devotion I read a week or so ago, based on Matthew 8:23. Jesus slept because a) He has no fear or concern about storms, but also b) when He said to get in the boat to go to the other side, He knew they would GET to the other side. I have now got to the other side.

 

Not only have I not been much on resolutions, it never occurred to ask Holy Spirit for a Word for the new year, either. A word for me, a word to focus on in the new year. When someone posted their Word the other day, I liked the concept, and in the twinkling that my mind thought to ask, Holy Spirit whispered to me, “FORWARD.” So, forward I go. Stepping onto a new shore, into new territory – MY territory – breaking new ground.

 

And with that in mind, I have set goals. Also new for me. Not having goals, for I’ve always had some vague and lofty notion of what I intend to attain or achieve. This year, I have given thought and purpose to my goals. And prayer. And I have written them down, and now share with you my dear readers.

 

2015 GOALS

 

 

 

  • finish Clara Bess (the sequel to Tessa) – I’ve just barely started, but I’ve the general story arc [I’m a pantzer, NOT an outliner] – based on Tessa, I’m figuring on 120K words, and allowing for 1000 words per day, that puts me to April to finish, and with editing, etc, my GOAL is to publish by the end of May!!!
  • design and develop my website [upgrade my blog]
  • author interviews – I’ve discovered a rather enjoy doing interviews, and especially enjoy getting to know other authors
  • book reviews – #MUSTREAD – my weakness is not allowing, ahem, MAKING enough time to read. I read more in 2014 than perhaps in the past [sad for a book lover such as myself] and in doing so, have discovered genres I might not have ventured before! Brian Knack, Jane Ann McLachlan, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, names come to mind!! GREAT stories, and probably wouldn’t have read them if not for the intent to write a review!!!
  • TIME MANAGEMENT aka DISCIPLINE – nuff said
  • tech smart – need to be more savvy with the tech side of things, and not have to run crying to my techie friends when I need help!!
  • learn Photo Shop – I love designing mine own covers, and PS would open a whole world of possibilities heretofore unknown to my designing abilities!

 

 

There ya have it! my FORWARD goals for 2015!!!

 

#2015, #newyear, #noresolutions, #goals, #SHIFT, #FORWARD, #writingmysequel

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