2019: Listening Like Elijah

Hi All:

Thanks for hanging with me in 2018.  I appreciate all of you: your comments and encouragements.  More blogging in store for 2019.

It is vogue to pick a word for the upcoming year. Being a trapezoid, I am picking a phrase: Taking Chances.  I am not a daredevil so don’t expect to see me jumping out of an airplane.  No, to me Taking Chances means moving forward with this blog and the book series and some other personal things.

The Bible verse that I chose (or that chose me) is 1 Corinthians 14:33:  “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace…”  I skimmed several verses related to “taking chances”.  They were all good but this was resonated with me.  After turning 50 this year, I decided I need peace and want simple.  I crave it.  Chaos pretty much sums up parenting three teenagers, two who have Aspergers Syndrome and one who has a major anxiety disorder.  Oh, yeah they are all in three separate schools that are 20 plus miles from our home in central Texas.  This mom has many spinning plates in the air.  I need more space to breathe.

I love the verse because it is so true:  God is a God of peace.  He speaks to us in many ways, but sometimes we are too caught up in chaos to listen.  Or to listen well.  I love the story of Elijah after he fled to Mount Sinai.  He ran for days and traveled far from home.   He was anxious.  He slept in the cave but awoke to God speaking.  God asked him, “Elijah, what are you doing here?”   God caused a great wind, an earthquake and a fire.  God was not in any of these.  He came to Elijah in a soft whisper of a voice. God’s voice.  The chaos of the earthly happenings had to be terrifying to behold, but God didn’t speak there.  He spoke in a voice only Elijah could here.  I believe that God speaks to us in that way too.  I believe that God speaks to us through His Word, His people or circumstances.  This week God reminded me of a song that I love.  It is a gem: Steve Winwood’s “While You See A Chance.”  It’s an older tune but one that has always motivated me to seek change.  Several other songs encourage me to look to the future and beyond my present circumstances:  Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, Breakout by Swingout Sister and Cool Change by the Little River Band.  Maybe you have one that encourages you too.

So back to the Bible verse.  God is the author of peace and not confusion.  I’ve been struggling for clarity on what to do with this blog and how to move forward with my books series that God placed on my heart.  A writing coach told me: “Clarity comes from doing, not thinking.”  I’ve spent a great deal of the last year thinking about what I should do.  Still don’t have the master plan, but I’m starting here … with this blog I started several years ago.  My blog isn’t one that will be a lot of “how to’s”.  This blog will be eclectic, more representative of a trapezoid than a box.  I hope you will stay tuned for new posts each week.

Look for new posts on Tuesdays, my official blogging day.  If you like what you read, drop a comment or share for others to enjoy!

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