Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Love My New Thing

There is a post inside me just begging to get out. Problem? I have no idea what it is. No idea what I'm supposed to write. If you've been around here long enough you know that's pretty typical for me. So, let's see where this goes.

New things! Often new things are exciting. An adventure. Sometimes new things are scary. Especially when we don't know where the new thing will need. What will the new thing ask of me?

My "new" thing. Well it's not even new any more. And that is just dawning on me. (yea, I'm quick like that) My new thing has been around since June of 2007. I just rolled my eyes at myself as I typed that. Seriously...am I just now realizing that this is my life?! It's not new any more. The illness. The separation. The divorce. It is my life. It's my new thing and today I am embracing it FINALLY!!

God is at work in my life in big ways. Do you ever get that feeling of being unsettled? Like your insides are on pins and needles. I don't know if I can really explain it but I've been living the past week or so with this "knowing" that God is up to something. He is increasing my faith. Increasing my trust. Teaching me that I need to be led by the Holy Spirit. Teaching me that the Holy Spirit is alive and living within me! (that is a whole post in itself).

I am loving my life right now. Illness, brokenness, sorrow, heartache...yep, I am loving my life. How can that be? It's only GOD. Praise Him for that. Beauty from my ashes. He is allowing me a huge measure of healing physically. He is allowing some "calm" right now in our family situation. This is my life, our life. A life that is not taking God by surprise.

Hope. I have it!! Faith. It's increasing. Joy. Unexplainable.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

Lord, thank you for these gifts in my new thing. Thank you for the way you are making and for your provision each step of the journey.


29 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

What an encouraging post my friend. Praying for you!
hugs,
Mimi
God is doing a great work in & through you!

nancygrayce said...

Only God! He always has something for us, even when we don't know or even want something new!

ShEiLa said...

I think it would be hard to accept so much at once. So it took you awhile to own it... that is ok. Knowing who is in charge and who is looking after you is where you will find peace.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14: 27

Thanks for sharing you with me.

ToOdLeS.

victoria said...

yay! Love this and so happy for your Unexplainable Joy. Such an encouraging post!

Tracey said...

Hi Sheryl! I was smiling as I was reading your post tonight - I am so happy that you are using words like joy to describe your life!!! Yeah for you!

:) T

Broken said...

Just loving you.

JMBMOMMY said...

"Hope. I have it!! Faith. It's increasing. Joy. Unexplainable."

Love that! Praise Him!!!

Sheryl said...

Great post! ONLY GOD! Amen and Amen

Stop by my blog sometime...

Kee said...

Only God can bring such beauty from such brokeness. I kind of feel there with you too. This isn't how I thought my life would look years ago but it's more beautiful now even with the pain and sorrow all because of HIM.

We are leaving in the morning to go to NE because Jose's dad is not doing so well so please send up a few prayers for me my dear friend.

I'm loving taking this journey with you it has been awesome and will continue to get better.

~PakKaramu~ said...

Visiting your blog

LisaShaw said...

Walk in embracing your "new thing" sister. God is in the lead of your life. Thanks for sharing with us today.

Blessings and peace!

Deb said...

Hitting home today Sheryl - thank you for that!!!

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

What an uplifting post! Thanks so much for sharing this. You are amazing and this journey you are on with the Lord is teaching us all!

Sassy Granny ... said...

What fun! And how like the Lord to open our eyes to new things; things that may have been mundane or gone unnoticed at one time.

I'm blessed by your embracing of life. It's a new thing each of us can do each day, when God's mercies are new. The future is so brilliantly hopeful when He grants us such a precious, simple perspective.

Blessings,
Kathleen

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Beautiful post, Sheryl, but then that's nothing new. haha, get it?! You crack me up. I crack me up. I love how you rolled your eyes at yourself.

What a gift you have right now to say "I love my life." Precious gift from God.

Love,
Paula

Bonnelle Pagel said...

BRAVO!!! =)

This was an awesome post! I can hear the hope and joy in your words! God is awesome!

Lauresa said...

Awe. Love this, Sheryl. I have been praying for you since I "met" you a couple weeks ago. Thanks for the encouragement!! ...You Rock!!
Love,
Reese

alece said...

love seeing the strength and victory in your heart. it gives me hope.

C.C. and Double T said...

Praise God!!! :-)

The Worgess Family said...

Sheryl, what a great post! So thankful for you and our banter in Bloom. :) I'm actually quite impressed that it's only taken you this long to fully embrace what your "new" is!! Keep your eyes on the cross and He'll continue to make it easier to embrace it!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Nothing better than embracing, embracing, embracing. There is something in the embracing that says, "Lord I trust that you've got this."

Great post.

Farmgirl Paints said...

YAY!! Love your last sentence. I claim that for myself too:)

Just a little something from Judy said...

Tonight I sense the joy in your heart, and anticipation in your writing. He is not finished with you...no, He is just continuing on, leading you one step at a time. You have many blogging friends and many heartfelt prayers coming your way. My heart rejoices tonight with yours, as it hurt with yours when it hurt.

Technonana said...

Embracing the New Thing with You!!! Praising the Lord our God for the work He is doing in your life, and for using you to Spur others on!!
You are a TRUE Blessing!!!

Jill said...

"knowing" that God is up to something. He is increasing my faith. Increasing my trust. Teaching me that I need to be led by the Holy Spirit. Teaching me that the Holy Spirit is alive and living within me!"

YAY Sheryl!! Praying for all of those for you...and the same for me :)
Sometimes I feel like I am on such a roller coaster with my faith. I want to keep going deeper with all this trusting stuff.

Leslie said...

I love this line: "A life that is not taking God by surprise." Even though it was all a surprise for you, God has always known the path he has planned for you. Unfortunately, we have to embrace this path even when it's a difficult one. But He can work it out for good if you let Him!

I pray that you're doing well no matter what you're facing. I haven't been able to visit my bloggy friends as often now that I'm back to work. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

Love and Hugs, Leslie

Suzanne said...

Sheryl, just found you through Deb at "Nothing's Wasted" and I read your story and feel your hurt. I am so happy to hear of the hope you have in Him. Just wanted to say hi! Hang in there!

Michelle said...

Beautiful post...I know exactly what you mean about God being "up to something"...it's exciting, and terrifying, all at once. I'm in the same place...and it's good. Isaiah 43 is one of my most favorite verses...xoxoxo

Ang baylis said...

Hi, Sheryl!
I've missed you! I'm praying for you! Keep the faith!
Much love,
Angie xoxoxoxo