This year will be a year of dramatic changes as we step into unchartered territory of not having a plan – so far. Over Christmas we have learned that there will be housing changes and possible location changes for most of my extended family. My brother and his family of four will be moving into the main house with us for a period of about 6 months. Then after the 6 months we have absolutely no idea to what degree we will all be effected. Whether we’ll all be moving out and to different parts of the country or trying to stay together somehow. Changes and moves like this are common place for us Chesney’s, but now that I have a family of my own it changes the degree of effect it has on my life.
But when I don’t know what to think, I think about what I do know. That my God works all things together for my good (Romans 8:28). I serve a loving and faithful God who has the best plan for my life. And if my God works all things together for my good then that’s what he’s doing right now. Now that we’ve sown so much into early family life what does God want us to sow into next? We’re praying to discover what God has for us next.
I’m a serious project and goal oriented person. Without some sort of finish line to run towards I feel completely lost and forget what I’m running for! Do you ever feel like that? That you can’t remember why you started in the first place or where you’re going? Or perhaps you’ve crossed a 5k marker and you’re looking for the next. That’s what we’re praying into. One of my favourite scriptures is Philipians 3:13-15 “…But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Not only do I love running for my health (and sanity), I love running for Jesus. He’s the only one worth running for and I don’t want to be running with no purpose and direction (I Corinthians 9:24-26).
So here we go into 2014, preparing for our next race. These words from the song below have been inspiring me and stirring up my faith for what God has in store for 2014. Take a listen.