Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year . . . A New Me.

Isaiah 55:8 [NIV] says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD."

Over the holidays, one of our family members asked me about our "5 year plan". You know, this is the blueprint by which all newly married couples are supposed to pattern and plan their decisions and actions according to an overall goal. In theory, this seems like a decent idea. I'm not, at all, opposed to dreams and aspirations. On the contrary, I find it necessary to have lofty ambitions.

But, in the last couple of years, I have realized that we can over plan our lives to the point that we limit the Lord. We crush our availability in favor of our 5 Year Plan.

Now, I can see that those words in Isaiah ring so true for us. I do not understand why the Lord is guiding us through one trial after another. It doesn't seem fair, and it can be angering at times. But, what I know, more than anything else is that God's thoughts and ways are not my thoughts and ways. I know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that this process is for HIS glory. And, I stand joyful as he leads us through it.

This isn't always easy, but it is the journey that God has laid out for us. So, in light of all of those things, I can't wait for 2010 to get underway. I didn't expect to have a year like we are destined to have. I didn't desire it, and I still don't. But, I accept it. I accept the Lord's challenge to get to know him in an even more intimate way. I can't wait to peel back even more layers of the character of Christ. I am ecstatic about falling in love with my husband to an even deeper degree. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for us. I believe with my whole heart, that this is so much greater than a medical challenge. This is about the Lord, and His work in us.


Leslie said...

You have no idea how encouraging you are! Thank you for being so real and honest. I once is what happens on your way to do something else! You are so wise and I look forward to following your journey this year! Thanks for challenging me in my faith! Blessings...

k_stin said...

God is so good and so faithful. I agree with you about surrendering our plans to His (so much easier said than done!) I am glad that you are able to cling to Him and that He is there teaching you, even in the midst of this trial.

I, too, love hearing your encouraging words and always look forward to what you will say. Even though I don't know you, I have been lifting you up in prayer over the past few weeks. Thanks for sharing the verses that encourage you, too!

Whitney said...

Plans, Shmans. I think it's a weird thing for someone to say, "So...what's your 5 year plan?" Somehow, I don't think that is anyones business but your own. Ya know? I'm sure their intentions were good and they were just trying to be nice, but that's kind of funny!

I'm so eager to see where the Lord takes you this year. Your life has been turned upside down and inside out and you are a beautiful witness through the entire thing. I have no doubt you'll continue to do the same this year. Love you, friend!

Sandy Gillett said...

I love the picture! Blessings this year, dear Lindsey and Brian the Lord is with you.

Stephanie Wilkerson said...

I think your hair is gorgeous! It really does look good on you. Thank you for being such an encouragement to me as I read your entries. Thank you for being real. I cannot imagine walking through what you are walking through...AGAIN. Since my daughter is a student @ Grace, I heard about your trial through that. I admire your strong faith in the Lord and your desire to bring Him glory. I believe He will bless that desire and I pray He will bring you healing in a miraculous way.