Waking up was hard to do this morning, but smiling at this golden beginning to a new year was pretty easy. Yesterday was an exhibition in overflow. Yesterday splashed like crazy with "my cup runnin' over." God keeps pouring more of Himself (Romans 5) out through His Spirit and I can’t help but burst with joy. The more the Spirit pours out into my life, the more overflows everywhere else. .gelato and coffee and conversations with cousins, with the right overdose of laughter .folding up into a perfect sized hide-and-seek closet, awaiting the spirited search and discovery .the other side of sunset - the expanse of sky gathering up all the reflections and hiding them in clouds .hay bales piled on top of hay bales and warming in the unseasonable sun .car rides riddled with conversation with my sister, where our friendship is given deeper, livelier roots .a NYE celebration with new friends who live spur-of-the-moment and believe that laughter can be holy .neighbors with open doors and friendly greetings and stories to share .sweet sleep in a warm cocoon and a dawn that brings a fresh start
The burnt, lifeless leaves sweep up into a circling wind outside the kitchen window and shake away some of the Sunday afternoon reverie. The chorus from this morning's service seems stuck in my soul,
Christ is risen from the grave trampling over death by death Come awake, come awake Come and rise up from the grave
The bold dawn has cast out the shadows of this day, this year, this sickness, this fear, this life. We are living the already, not yet life where dawn claims victory over the darkness of night in prelude to the Forever song. Today is a post-Easter, pre-Eternity day where we can rise up from the grave of death because in Christ it has no sting!
Today, I'm praying my heart would come awake to God's heart. I'm praying my mind would come awake to the Word. I'm praying my actions would come awake in obedience and my life would come awake in Truth.
I'm praying I will live 2012 awake, eyes wide open in search of blessings to name and receive and count and respond with a life of gratitude.
May you all be blessed in 2012 with awakened hearts and minds, that you would pursue the Lord with everything in you, knowing that He will be found by you.
let LOVE fly like cRaZy in 2012!