I’ve imagined over and over how I would introduce this post. Typed, deleted, typed, deleted.
No words truly encapsulate the agony I’ve been going through to step out and obey the Lord in multiple areas of my life heading into the new year.
The plain and simple truth is that God has asked me to take a blogging break for 2017.
I’ve been seeking the Lord on what he needed me to know on a personal level about this new year.
My heart has been full of ideas, projects and goals for the future. When I sat down to really pray into what the Lord had for me he has spoken words like “wander”, “enjoy”, and “deepening”.
For over five years I’ve poured out my heart to you. Some years more than others. This blog has been a life line when I needed something to focus on, a platform when I needed to disciple, a creative outlet when I needed to inspire.
It’s been a dream. A dream that still hasn’t died.
But it’s time to lay it down. For a season at least.
This year holds some pretty crazy things for me. Events that are going to push me so far beyond my comfort zone that I get butterflies just imagining it.
Things that are going to take focus. And the Lord wants my whole heart through it so he can truly deepen me the way he needs to in order to prepare me for the next level.
I was reading Chip & Joanna Gaines book, The Magnolia Story, and Joanna told the story of how she had to close her shop down when her kids were young. This shop represented a big time dream, but she trusted that God knew what he was doing.
When the time came to pick it up again the Lord radically blessed it and has used her dream to reach millions.
I don’t know what will happen with my blog, this symbol of my dream, but this I know:
“We are certainly not those who are held back by fear and perish; we are among those who have faith and experience true life.”
Hebrews 10:39 (The Passion Translation)
Friends, there is so much I want to share about what could be on the horizon and what I’m sensing this may all be about, but truly my heart breaks to express the season I’m entering into. I personally have never found deepening easy.
But it is always, always, worth it.
I pray for you that this year would hold incredible encounters with Jesus that change your life and your heart forever. I pray that when we reconnect next year that I would hear stories of the deepening work that God has done in your heart too. I pray that whatever you face, your courage would be strong and your heart would be brave in the Lion of Judah, our Lord. May health, wisdom and overflowing love pour out from you this year.
I will still be on Instagram probably posting outrageously long captions sharing my heart through my photos, because that’s just who I am, so you can stay loosely connected to me that way!
Thank you for your tremendous love and support the last number of years.
With love, tears and many blessings,