Monday’s Are For New Beginnings, Right?

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If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.  ~Flavia Weedn 

What one is fated to have in life one will have; what one is not fated to have, there is no point in pressing for. ~unknown 

I am at an important crossroads. This word Release is wreaking havoc lately, in my life. How? Well it seems that since this has been my One Word for the year, I am clinging tightly to everything.
How’s that, I bet you are wondering…well specifically I am afraid to release anything and becoming increasingly overwhelmed. I’m afraid of releasing the wrong thing. Have you ever felt this way or am I utterly alone in this mess?
So, this weekend has been especially important as I seek to accept the fact that I can’t do it all. I mean I know this in my mind yet, my mouth forgets to say “no” to one. More. Thing. 
Something has to go. Something or a few things need to be released to make room for the best things.
It would be easy if a few of these “things” were bad in some way. They are not. They are all very good. Herein lies every single Believer’s challenge. To discern the things that are the Ephesians 2:8-10 things that God wills for their lives. You and I need to tune out all of the competing voices demanding our time, talent and attention and seek to hear clearly above all else the still, small voice that matters most. His. Christ alone is the one to determine the details. 
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.  ~Robert Schuller

Look carefully through all the claims pressing upon you in your complicated life, and decide once and for all what it is that is the one really important and overmastering duty in it, and should be the one dominating aim. Then remember that if you succeed in that, the others, so multifarious, are really no more than the fringe of the garment, and that you need not spend so much anxiety over them, provided that the one most important is faithfully attended to. ~Anna C. Brackett

424. Breathtaking beauty everywhere
425. Coastline days
426. He leads me beside still waters on busy days…
427. The skies declare His glory and faithfulness
428. This little book which brought me a smile in the Doctor’s office waiting room.
I adore the detailed artwork of Jan Brett.
And sometimes a children’s book is just what the Doctor ordered…and good therapy. 
429. Rejoicing in this Holy Union of God, and beautiful sister in Christ and friend being blessed with a wonderful  marriage and new start! He is the God of new beginnings! Amen?
430. Sweet Saturday with my hub. Wedding Ceremony, coffee and appetizer
in between. Then a wonderful night of fellowship and laughter.

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When One Word Becomes a Song (Release by Helen Jane Long)


Little did I know that when I picked my One Word, Release, this year, it would come complete with a theme song which was provocatively perfect! As I was listening to Pandora one day, I found myself drawn to an unfamiliar melody. I sauntered over to hit the thumbs up button when to my surprise I noticed the tune playing which had captured my attention was titled Release and was from an album called Porcelain by Helen Jane Long . Listening in stillness, entranced by the beautiful complexity of the music playing, I felt as though I received a gift. Once I began exploring more of Helen’s music I realized that I had a new favorite artist for 2013.

This musical rendition of Release is hauntingly mysterious.

It reminds me of the way God invites each of us into a uniquely beautiful path; just as a musical piece is intricately woven together, His good and perfect will is both complex, and masterfully orchestrated in our lives. We just need to tune our ear to His perfect lead, and follow the melody of His song for us. 

I am learning to let go of that which is no longer useful to me on my journey.

I am also learning that sometimes to walk away is grace.

People, Places, Things.
All belong to Him.

I keep nothing for myself – this is the gift and beauty of my journey.
This is the gift that leads to freedom.

And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32

Please listen to this exquisite piece of music by Helen Jane Long and be blessed.
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Below is a video of Helen playing live with full orchestra.

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Lead Me To The Cross (A Quiet Week)

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This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.
Isaiah 30:15

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. Psalm 116:7

I foresee a quiet week ahead here at the blog, friends.
It’s time to take some time to unplug, reflect and go a little deeper.
Sensing God leading me to a quiet place, and I will not refuse Him.
I will see you Wednesday for a Writing to God post.

In His Grace, Dawn
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What It Really Means To Let Go (God’s formula for T.L.C.)

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
Psalm 37:5

Do you need a little tender loving care? 
I do. 
My word for this year has me on quite a journey. As unexpected as could be, but I am learning to walk by faith, and even release my grip along the way. I didn’t think I was one who “clings” or holds on to things. But there are many ways we can carry bags on our journey that God desires for us to release. This is the journey I have found myself on this year. I think I so often get a glimpse of direction from God but either due to fear, doubt or lack of faith which manifests itself this way in my attitude: I do not see myself in this way, therefore this direction can’t be the right one. I must be confused ie. double-minded, prideful, selfish (exchange/add any of these, it all comes down to the same thing). The fact is I am either trusting in myself or trusting in God. 
Trust: The battle belongs to the Lord, as does the journey. From start to finish He is the author and Finisher, the Beginning and the End. Why is it I don’t trust Him for the “in-between”? I am learning again in this battle of wills, losing IS winning. Certainly also less painful, if I trust Him at the onset as opposed to having the mallet drop on the head to get my attention. So how do I trust Him when I can’t see clearly the path ahead? This requires me to listen… 
Lean: Inclining my ear to listen for His voice is the only way I can hear His will. Does He speak to me in an audible voice? Well actually as I incline my ear by reading Scripture, His Spirit does speak by revealing Truth to my ready to receive heart. If I never open my Bible, I am going to be hard-pressed to hear clearly from the God who calls Himself the Logos or “Word”: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 
The online Dictionary defines the term acknowledge as this: to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: to acknowledge one’s mistakes. Sometimes I am thick in the head. Slow to learn. Like Israel, I am wandering in the desert complaining, when is all God wants from me is to acknowledge Him, which means acknowledging my own fears, doubts and lack of faith. It means admitting that I am afraid His way might not be the best way. Not that I admit it out loud but instead it becomes obvious in specific ways and behaviors. I rely on my own understanding and am hoarding rotten manna, complaining as it melts before my eyes in the hot sun. Trusting Him leads to peace, leaning on my own understanding and ingenuity leads to frustration. Or worse. 
Commit: So my journey leads me again to decision. Last year with the word Less, I committed myself to learn what Jesus would have for me as I learned what it meant for Him to increase, be more in me, in my life as I willingly decreased. (John 3:30) Sounds so against the cultural messages of the day, yes? This year  God is taking me further into the same message as He conforms me. Sometimes I don’t recognize I am resisting His will right away, but I am committed to His correction, discipline and confident that He will direct this stubborn, old mule. I have learned to trust His faithfulness. 
My One Word is Release and I am a on a journey to the Promised Land…just passing through this life, friends, learning to follow the Savior. Join me? I am picking up some stones and releasing some others along the way. I am learning what it means to let go of my will in exchange for a far greater thing. His glory! But I am a slow learner, in need of much grace. He gives it abundantly, and as I receive, I am able to lavish it on others. 

Proverbs 3:5-6
 So here I have taken this passage which God keeps gently leading me to this year and am sharing it a few translations, with the hope it will seep right into my heart and soul. My brain is fairly leaky so this should be no problem. Perhaps you might also appreciate looking at the same passage with fresh eyes. 
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
(The Message)

Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;
    never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.
 Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,
    and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.
(The Voice)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
 think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.

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