March 10, 2017

In the Early Morning

"For this God is our God for ever and ever, 
He will be our guide even to the end."
Psalm 48:14

My feet hit the floor in the morning, and before they even do, I'm thinking ahead to the day and to all that needs to be done. All that I must get done. All the ways I must come through. 

My brain is in a fog and images of the crazy dream I woke with are still playing fresh in my mind. 

And that thing I went to bed with that was weighing heavy on my heart? That thing I couldn't shake before I fell asleep? It's back. Front and center. Clamoring for my attention.

Sometimes I wake up bright-eyed, full of faith, and ready for the day. I LOVE those mornings! But many mornings, I wake up dazed and confused with the sheer hope of just trying to make it to the coffeemaker.

I will myself out of bed, getting up at 5am on purpose (or sometime around then depending on how many times I've hit snooze) because I know it won't be any easier at 7am, and I know I need Jesus more than I need sleep. I'm lost if I don't start my day looking for him and asking him to fill me. To be my life and love. All that I need. More than enough. And He always shows up in those quiet, still, early morning hours as I draw near and invite him close, gather my thoughts, linger in prayer, and just sit for a bit while savoring my coffee and waiting for it to work its magic. 

Why are we so prone to live like life depends on us? Why do we start our days obsessing over all the ways we must come through, what we must accomplish, where we need to go, and who we need to care for, love, and rescue? I am not a machine, nor am I the CEO of the universe, of my family, or of anyone else. And I am most certainly, not the CEO of my day.

But I can easily live like I am, as if the world hangs in a balance and I hold its fragile thread.

"For this God is our God for ever and ever..."

Every day that the sun rises, He is right there. My God, at the edge of my bed helping me up. I see him smiling at me, humored by my drunken sleepiness, and honored by my faithful and sometimes faithless heart. He is my God, for ever and ever. Day to day. Moment by moment. I am not alone and it is not all up to me.

"He will be our guide even to the end..."

He offers his hand and invites me to come with him. He has much for me to know and experience, and He promises to be my eyes, my ears, my very heart and soul. He is my guide. My GPS. The best road map ever written. He is the breath in my lungs. The blood in my veins.

Again, I do not go it alone.

He pledges me his presence.

Every. Single. Step. 

Today.

Every. Single. Day. 

Even to the very end.

"Praise be to the Lord, Our God and Savior,
who DAILY bears our burdens."
Psalm 67:19


"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

Is this you on many mornings as well? Do you struggle with immediately and consciously believing and trusting that God is with you, guiding you into your day? I would love to hear how you find your way to the life He so freely offers. Is it prayer? Is it quiet? A good book? A passage of scripture? Or maybe it's all of that plus a good dance party in the kitchen with a coffee cup in hand? Do tell... 

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March 8, 2017

New Seasons and the Best yet to Come

Hi friends!

It's March 8th, and welcome to my first post of 2017!

Pitiful, I know.

Spring is already here, and apparently, a turn of the seasons does more to motivate me to write than the turn of the calendar year.

However, I'd much rather prefer to think my lack of writing here on my blog isn't as much about a lack of motivation as it is that God has just had me writing in other places... in my personal journals, on Instagram, and always, just deep in the well of my heart.

But a new season is here, and with the blossoming of the cherry trees, which I adore by the way, comes the blossoming of some fresh, new things God is doing in my life.

I'm excited about what's coming, and feel a fresh rush of creativity and inspiration. And yes, a fresh rush of motivation as well, which is always a good thing.

So, with all that being said, I would love for you to take a look around here and see what's new. I've been updating a few things, moving things around, editing my pages, adding new widgets, and a speaking page as well since that's one of the new things God is calling me to.

Also, if you would be ever so kind and inclined, I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment and tell me a little bit about yourself... who you are, where you're from, what interests you in a blog, and what you'd love for me to write and share more about. And if you'd prefer not to leave a comment but would still like to connect, you can write to me at jenny@beandkeepbeing.com.

I'm not quite sure what's ahead, what this season will fully look like, or even what God is ultimately up to here on my blog and in my heart, but I'm excited and ready for the journey. And I'm honored and humbled that you would follow along here and join me.

Cheers to spring, to new seasons of life!

The best is yet to come...

Warmly,
Jenny

"See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland."
Isaiah 43:19


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