January 10, 2014

Weekend Words: Passion and Calling

It's ten days into the New Year and I'm still praying, thinking, planning, and dreaming about 2014. I love the fresh start of a new year… the chance to regroup and refocus and dream even bigger than the year before. I'm not a resolution kind of girl, just one who enjoys a clean slate, a blank page, and the beginning of another beautiful and mysterious chapter of life.

I've been praying and asking God what he has for me this year... What does he want to teach me and do in my life? What projects and plans would he have me invest my time and energy in? What people would he have me pursue and do life with? How would he have me offer my heart and the many ways he's written himself there? What would he have me do with the many passions and desires he's given me?

I have a pretty good understanding of what I'm passionate about, of what makes me come alive, and I know those things speak to my design, to what God made me to be and to do in this world. I do passion  really well. And I do desire equally well. But figuring out what those things physically and feasibly look like can trip me up and baffle me at times. I want to walk more and more in the things I'm passionate about and pursue and live them out with great intention because I know they're not random, they are my calling, as this quote says.

However, I don't want to get my hands in the thick of it… crafting and creating and orchestrating and controlling my course. I don't want to write my own story. I want it to come from the mind and heart and hand of God. I want to lean into him and partner with him as he slowly and carefully and gracefully guides my steps and uses those passions to draw me more deeply into my calling and ultimately, more deeply to him.

God is HUGE. Bigger than we could ever imagine. And he can do anything with our lives, both mine and yours. We cannot out dream or out plan our God. Like it says in Ephesians, he is able to do immeasurably more than anything we could ever ask, think, dream, or imagine. (3:20) 

I want those things this year. All those things I couldn't possibly think to ask, dream, or imagine and I want every single and little last bit of the "immeasurably more."

I'm leaning in and partnering with God as he writes my story. I'm ready and willing. Want to join me?

What are you passionate about? 

What makes you come alive? 

Whatever it is, it isn't random. 

It speaks to your design and your calling in this world.

What does this post stir in your heart? What comes to mind when you sit with this quote for a while? I'd love to hear in the comments below.



  1. Hi Jenny...
    First thing that comes to mind...I am passionate about my family. About being a good wife and a good mother. About providing a warm and cozy and loving place for them to call home. I am passionate about my vocation as a wife and mother. I am passionate about creating memories and traditions that they will pass on to their own children.
    I am also resolving this year to be quiet. To be still and listen to God as He speaks to me and shows me how to best continue my vocation as wife and mother.
    I am so glad I found you, my new friend! I am looking forward to much more inspiration this new year. : )
    Have a cozy evening!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your heart, Billie Jo. I love how the things you're passionate about are for others and specifically, for your sweet family. You walk in your calling by providing, loving and caring for them and you shine brightly while doing it too. I always enjoy your posts and pictures and seeing the ways you love your family well. And as for being "quiet" this year… a big yes to that! I love how God quiets our hearts and speaks to us in stillness and solitude. May we both lean in to hear him well this year. Blessings...


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