You Have Now Entered Another Dimension…

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

     Like Columbus, I too have discovered a strange, new world. One that I had no idea was out there. You see I thought the recent slammed door in my face, with the sudden loss of my job, was where the world ended. Instead I have found another dimension I did not even know existed. I can visualize, Rod Serling standing- with me in the background hunched over, tapping away on my computer keyboard…and speaking “she thought her life was over, instead she entered another dimension, blogging, in…The Twilight Zone”- (enter eerie background music here). I have often heard people say “One door closes, another opens” as they smile and offer such cliche type lines, and of course I have whipped that one liner out myself. But late in the wee night hours and sometimes during the pre-dawn morning I can now be found tap-tap-tapping away with my heart on fire and a door that has swung wide open and allowed me to travel from one end of the world to another via the Blogosphere. I am not sure that is even a valid word, but it is the one I imagine when I think of this amazing place I am beginning to explore. It is not like I have left my career entirely but I have been on a bit of a sabbatical since the end of May of this year. I have come to the end of the perceived flat Earth and hover at the edge.  (See prior post: Letting Go Means Letting God)  It seems as if God had led me to the proverbial “fork in the road”. I believe he has led me there before. Sometimes I sit at the fork and refuse to budge. Sometimes I stare down both roads and don’t know which way to go. I listen to too many voices and that is when I usually get the proverbial “kick in the pants”. Ok, that is my own interpretation but it usually means, in my personal experience that he removes the distraction or the thing I won’t release. He is a faithful Father, friend and He is God. He knows what’s best. It’s best for me to believe Him…but I waver, doubt and second guess myself…so He does what is needful to help me move ahead. He reminds me of my true identity. He encourages me with His everlasting love and a few gentle words from others. He leads me besides still waters, for sure, but also it seems currently… He is leading me into a busy, blossoming, Blogosphere. A place I did not know before. A place I am exploring with new zeal and excitement as I connect with like minded bloggers in a network of faith, love and testimony! Who can keep up with such an amazing God such as this? He leads me to forks, edges and the ends of the earth…or at least the end of myself. That is a wonderful place to be. I am learning that coming to the end of myself often means that when I jump, he will catch me or I will fly. Or maybe He will let me be completely immersed beneath the surface…breathing in a deeper breath of faith than ever before…going deeper with Him and coming out stronger, better, and more like Him than I ever could have imagined!

So, Twilight Zone or Blogosphere,
at home, or in my career –
it makes no difference to me
 because ultimately…
He is there!

 Care to join me in the Twilight Zone?

My Prayer for my fellow Bloggers in the great Blogosphere Today:
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
~ Romans 15: 5-6

Sometimes It’s Scary

Have you ever been venturing into uncharted territory in life, happily plodding along trusting God, figuring faith has you covered when all of a sudden 
POW:  fear clobbers you like an iron pan to the head and suddenly amidst the stars circling around, you remember that you have no business in this new, unknown land anyway and you better get your tush straight on outta here before something worse happens. Yup, that was me as I perused some wonderful Faith Blogs and considered some guest contributing opportunities to share, learn, network and grow. All of a sudden I was reading the details and suddenly I went from inspired to downright conspired against! I felt like I had just seen those “Giants” that were “Grasshoppers” in Joshua’s & Caleb’s eyes. I FELT like the grasshopper in a land of giants and suddenly my portion seemed very small. Well if that isn’t enough to send me running right to my Father’s feet I don’t know what is. I need to remember that with the Lord with me I can do all things through Him. I think this is an important verse to cling to when I am stepping out in faith following Him. I need to understand there are times when it might seem scary. I think back to Israel’s history and so often they were looking at scary circumstances. But they also saw the Lord their God make a way where there was no way. I feel these days I am on a similar journey. Do I hearken back to the familiar, comfortable and known safety of the past or do I continue to step out and see God’s mighty hand provide, guide and lead me into a new place of faith and life I have not yet known. I do not have answers yet. Just hints, whispers and a path I have yet to see clearly. The result of this is my eyes are on the One who leads. I dare not take them off of Him, because this is what He desires of me. This is the only way for me to “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway”, as the title of a book I read years ago by Susan Jeffers states. This is the path I must follow. It is an unknown path to me but not to the One I am following.
May I keep my eyes fixed on Him as He leads me. May I be found faithful. May I fight the good fight and bring glory to His name, not by power, nor by might but by His Spirit. May your fears, friends, also fall by the wayside in the light of His Truth and Holy Power.
  May all your perceived giants be but the grasshoppers they truly are when you realize, accept and acknowledge the God of the Universe is standing by your side. Let us walk into this uncharted territory together, by faith into the beautiful land filled with milk and honey that the Lord is calling each of us to.
Words of encouragement from THEN for NOW and ALWAYS: 
Numbers 14:5-9,
Deuteronomy 31:6, 8,
Philippians 4:13, 3:13-14
Psalm 56:3-4

Take a deep breath of faith and press on to your own high calling!
Enthusiastically Yours,

Dawn

Fitness, Faith, Fairy Tales and Truth

Fireworks through the window at Cinderella’s Castle
Well, here it is finally! The Blog…MY Blog. Well kind of. That might be a bit of a fairy tale…not quite the truth. You see, although I love to write, almost as much as I love to do anything on the face of this planet, I know ultimately this blog is destined as a place for truth alone. Not my truth but The Truth. Still, this is a project which is currently “Undergoing Construction”. But know this too, my journey is one I am willing to share with anyone who cares to join me. You see, the One I follow himself gave an open invitation. However, not all accepted. I understand that all will not accept my invitation. But there it stands. A choice. I am on an exciting adventure. I am aware that my time is short. How about you – is your life an adventure? Not the manic morning kind or the “please make it stop I want to get off” sort… but the kind where you know deep within your being that it really is well with your soul? Are you aware that your own life is short? Or do you think you have forever to contemplate the truth? Well my life has certainly not been like a fairy tale but I have had my share of fairy tale moments. The one distinguishing feature in my life by which I am completely defined is the life that is actually unseen. It is the hidden beneath the surface life of faith of which I speak.
This faith is the quiet confidence which tragedy and trial have strengthened, molded and shaped over time.
Would you like to join me on a journey? Would you like to know the secret to my strength? What say ye?
(I am feeling a bit Pirate tonight!) Partner with me on seeking the Truth, will you? Or just  meander with me while I figure out this Blogging thing! Well that finishes up my first official blog post. Oh, what was that you asked? What about the fitness part? Oh yes, dear friend…sigh, that will have to be a post for another day. But, it is true much of my adult life has been spent on the pursuit of the physical. I have much to share with you from my experiences in the field of fitness…lessons and stories and memories, OH MY!
Until next time, keep digging Beneath the Surface!
Enthusiastically, Dawn

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