[EDITOR’S NOTE] : During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, I won’t be blogging much. BUT I will be sharing some of my favorite posts from the past — posts that I hope will encourage you to embrace and celebrate your story, posts that I hope will get you inspired and excited for the year ahead! :) Whether you’re a new reader or a faithful regular, I hope you find some inspiration in this little From the Archives series.
Today’s post is from May 2011.
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All around, hope is springing up from this old ground…
In every season, it seems I learn more about what it means to trust God with the big and small details of my life, surrendering everything to His care. And as I wait for answers to various prayers in each season, or look for hints of what’s next in my story, I am learning what it means to truly have faith as small as a mustard seed.
I especially loved this:
2. Do what you love. When I do things I love– running, swimming, writing, drawing, taking pictures – I feel God’s pleasure. We’re given passions for a reason and developing these gifts allows God to use us. I think the best use of our lives is serving God with whatever He’s given us. Rather than coveting someone else’s talents, we should invest our energy into discovering and developing our own God-given passions.
For me, that means nurturing and celebrating my creative heart by writing, reading, painting and collaging, spending time in cozy coffee shops and bookstores, and treasure hunting for vintage items that inspire me.
I’m looking for a place
Where I can plant my faith
One thing I know for sure
I cannot create it
And I cannot sustain it
It’s Your love
That’s keeping me
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
It’s my desire to live out my faith in this way—expressed through love. It’s my desire to really love and appreciate my current season for what it is and for all I’m learning. It’s so easy to try and rush through something — especially when we’re hoping for this or that. But there are so many blessings to be found right where we are — because right where we are is exactly the best place for us right now.
I pray your glory shines
through this doubting heart of mine
so my world would know that You,
You are my strength
Where are you right now? Are you feeling content in this season, or looking ahead to the future and wondering when a certain prayer will be answered? I hope that today, no matter where you are, you’ll be abundantly blessed, finding joy and happiness in whatever season you find yourself in.