Thursday, April 11, 2013

Word(s) of the Year: ADVENTURE & HOPE

One of my favorite movies is Pixar's UP! and if you've seen the movie you'll recognize the phrase "Adventure is out there!" In the past four months I've come to believe in that idea more and more and pray it over my future. The end of one year and the beginning of the next is often a time for reflection and gearing up with vision for the weeks and months to come. I spent my New Year's Even doing just that, snuggled in my comforter flipping through old journals (I've gone through quite a few in college, I must say!) I'm thinking of tossing New Year's resolutions out the window in favor of something new I came across: One Little Word.

That's what I asked for. I knew things would be shifting in dramatic ways in 2013 and I wanted to be ready. I did not want to make a list of things to check off when completed or scratch through when forgotten (even though I do have that list somewhere...). I began praying for the year ahead and asked for the promise of one word. One word to pray through, to hold on to, and to search for in my day to day. Something God would use to remind me that He is in control in all things and that He has already taken victory this year.

My word? ADVENTURE & HOPE.

Wait.... that's two words... right? Yes, yes it is :)

Our God is a big God. He is faithful, all-knowing, adoring, and loving. And He promised that I will have adventure this year and that He will be my hope. And you know what? He's been right!

Graduation is just around the corner. Scary thought right? But it is a beautiful idea as well! This is where my next adventure begins. It is an adventure that my Heavenly Father has been mapping out for me since before He put the stars in the sky. He knew every prayer I would send to Him about it, every tear I would shed over it, and every surrender it would take for me to submit it. All of these things I still do daily. But my God is faithful. And my God has promised me an adventure and to be my source of hope.

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, 
for He who promised is faithful."
Hebrews 10:23

Over the past year I have prayed almost every day about what my next step would be after graduation. Where should I go? What should I do? Work? Grad school? Texas? Out of state? The questions seemed endless. It has been a wild ride and a true journey of learning to trust God in His perfect timing to reveal His perfect plan. That journey needs a post of its own and you'll have it soon :)

A few weeks ago we had a morning prayer rally at church for all of the young women in our college ministry. "The Sisterhood" or "Babes & Bagels" gathered at 6:30am to receive wisdom from the older women in our congregation and to gather together to pray for one another and for various nations of the world. We broke into small groups and shared a little about ourselves with one another and took turns praying for the group. Afterwards I chatted for a while with a woman named Michelle, a powerhouse prayer warrior and known volunteer in the church. At that time I was lost, desperate for a move of God to give me clarity about what was up next. She prayed for me and shared with me this verse:

"So you'll go out in joy,
you'll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
exuberant with applause.
No more thistles, but giant sequoias,
no more thorn-bushes but stately pines--
Monuments to me, to God,
living and lasting evidence of God."
Isaiah 55:12-13, The Message

This is my adventure, and this is something I hold near and dear. I believed it and prayed it over and over again, asking that God reveal himself in showing me this whole and complete life, moving the mountains of my uncertainty and insecurity. And He has! All glory and honor and praise to His name!

As of right now, I have a destination. In two short months I will make the move to.... Seattle, Washington! I know I'll be there for the summer and most likely the next year at least. So many specific prayers have been answered and things have fallen into place so that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Seattle is where God wants me next year. I am still working out the details but He has proved Himself to be true time and time again so I trust Him. Isn't He good?

Adventure & hope. He is my rock, my compass, and my anchor. I am one blessed lady. I'll say it again, isn't He good?

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