into the new year

While it’s true 2012 has slipped away, I’m still gleaning lessons learned….

for last year was one of polar opposites :: incredible highs, overwhelming lows.  Through each experience, God demonstrated himself faithful, a mighty-to-save kind of God, who is compassionate and gracious.

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.”  Lamentations 3:22

Oh, how I love this God.

Stepping into a new year, my heart cry to Him has been for less.  Repeatedly in the last several days, this word ‘less’ takes space in my mind, heart and I wonder.

I couldn’t quite make sense of this, since my one word for 2013 is “overflow” — the word I petitioned God to clarify as a focus, a theme if you will for the year.  Overflow.

With less God?

Just how does this work?

Then I read my friend Kara’s post…and bit by bit, He speaks to me.  Less – to make room for More.

Yes, of course.  This makes sense.

While not at all exhaustive of a list, today I hear Him whisper…Less.

less reserve, more leaning in

less fear, more yes-He-can faith

less anxiety & worry, more hope in His ability

less wondering why, more believing it so

less of me, more of Him

I continue to ponder this word ‘overflow’  — in practical, purposeful ways, in spiritual, sacred ways I’m listening.  Waiting for God to define, for direction only He can provide.

And you?  How do you step into this new year?

I pray for a grace to know, to hear, to see clearly how He leads you.

Happy New Year 2013…

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4 comments

…such a sweet gift to stop in this morning and find this encouragement over here. thank you Daniele.
I love the word He’s nudged into your heart for 2013.
And there is a scary-brave needed for the pause He often allows… if we truly are waiting on “His definition, for the direction that only He can provide:. That is absolutely how I want to, and pray to, live…thankful for your words here.

Hi Daniele, I found your blog by clicking on your excellent comment one day over at Soulemama, and I haven’t been able to stop coming back here ever since. Thank you for taking the time to create this wonderful space. God Bless and happy new year! -Lisa

Welcome Lisa – come back anytime! 🙂

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