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Green trees, cool water, a gentle breeze...the perfect place to sit at the feet of the Master and learn. Jesus taught so often on the shoreline, and He's still speaking today.

This is where I share the lessons He teaches me, often during the time I spend on the shores of a local lake. I don't have all the answers...and some days I don't have any. But I go here when I need to draw near to Him in a tangible way. Come with me...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My One Word for 2014

It's been a long time since I've posted.  I would look at the blank page, feel overwhelmed, and hit the red "x" to leave it all behind.

So much has happened in the past few months that I wanted to share, but with life racing by at 100 miles an hour it was hard - and "I'm too busy" provided me with the perfect excuse not to face the blank page.  My One Word for 2013 - Consistency - taunted me from inside its pretty little blog button.
Still, nothing flowed forth.

Truth is, when I find my words have dried up like this I can always trace it back to one thing...I haven't made the time to go to the Well the way I should. I know where I need to go to wash off life's grit.  Or to quench my thirst. Or to get filled up so that the words I am given splash over onto the pages of this blog.

I've just start reading Mark Batterson's convicting and challenging book "All In" and that's where I want to be.  All in.  Not just drinking from the Well, but fully submerged in it.  Holding nothing back.  Fully committed.  Fully trusting. Excited to be on a life journey with the ultimate road trip Trio.

Will there be bumps along the way?  I can count on it.  This year brought about many hard things that still need resolution.  Like where I will live.

But I am learning to trust God more and more with EVERY detail, every concern.

So that will be my One Word this year.  Trust.

I debated over several powerful words. Balance.  Surrender. Consistency (again).  Wait.

But for me, Trust covers it all. When I trust God, there will be balance in my life.  And when I trust Him, it requires that I surrender my will to His. Trust brings about consistency because trusting Him in the small things makes it easier to trust Him with the big things - like believing there will be a roof over my head in some way, shape, or form.  And trust is the only cure for impatience!  To wait on Him requires complete trust because our timetable never looks like His.

I've got a Scripture for this year too.

Proverbs 3:5- 6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."  

I can trust God because He is good.  And faithful.  And loving.  And consistent.  And He withholds NOTHING that He deems good for me if I follow Him.  And because He is perfect, I can trust His judgement on that.

Among other things, in 2014, I will trust God for a place to live and a ministry that will have eternal impact.

What will you trust Him for?


  1. Love it that we both chose the same word on "inCourage" blog! :)

    1. It's a great word! Blessings to you as you trust Him through this year and each day beyond until you see Him face to face :)

  2. I came over to check you out because TRUST was my word for 2013 :) and what a ride it's been!

    You can read my recap here if you want :)


    1. Thanks for the visit Marcia - enjoyed your recap!

  3. So delighted to have "met" you Toni! Oh yes, I can always trust more. Praying for the roof over your head and trusting God will provide. Maybe you'd like to write a review on All In for us at Circles? Thanks so much for linking up. Blessings!

    1. Thanks for stopping by :) Yes, as soon as I'm done with the book (I'm about 1/2 way through), I'd love to write a review if someone doesn't beat me to it!