Saturday, December 27, 2014

I Cry Out to God Who Fulfills His Purpose for Me

Every year, for the last 15-20 years has basically been the same. I am determined 2015 is going to be different! It is going to be better! I am FINALLY phasing out the negative influences in my life--- life is too short for that nonsense (James 4:14)--- and building toward the future. The “empty nest” season is creeping up on me and I want to be prepared! Two years ago I started distancing myself from unhealthy, toxic relationships I had allowed to remain in and influence my life for WAY too long. One and a half years ago I went back to school to pursue a law degree. I have roughly 58 more credits for undergrad studies and then I can move on to law school. I am currently working to master blue belt in the Tracy’s system of Kenpo. (Their belt system goes white – beginner, yellow, orange, purple, blue – intermediate, green, third brown, second brown, first brown, first black – advanced). And, in June, my crew and I are moving to Texas. I feel God has provided all of this and I am stronger, today, than I have EVER been! If God grows us through adversity and tribulation, then I have grown BIG TIME over the last 15-20 years!

Every 20 years is like a new season for me. The first 20 were spent studying, learning, traveling, seeing the world, training in dance (with a focus on ballet), working for the Disney company, showing up on television, in the newspaper and TIME magazine…the next (nearly) 20 were spent being a wife, stepmother, and mother. And now, as I get dangerously close to 40 years old, I find myself transitioning into the coming season. I am excited at what God has in store for me! He blesses me abundantly, even in the desert with “storms of destruction”…even with the thorn in my flesh.

1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
2I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me.Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

4My soul is in the midst of lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

6They set a net for my steps;
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
8 Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
9I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!
(Psalm 57. ESV.)
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