In Via

WordPress, just like Facebook, will give you prompts. This is a new tool. I just noticed. It encouraged me to “talk about a father.” Most of my posts are about my heavenly Father and His loving-kindness. As I continue in my Bible study, Waymaker, by Ann, I’m discovering this journey–the “in via” or “on our way.”

Today’s reading:

Revelation to see God.

On our way, we experience life, and our ability to manage pain and loss reflects our work on the way. As humans, we immediately want relief and self-soothe. We often curve away from loving-kindness to our human ways of coping with brokenness. Some of our practices are healthy, and others are destructive. Some are obvious such as addictions, and others are subtle, like low self-worth, denial, staying excessively busy, or people-pleasing.

“We seek relief versus a revelation.” (Waymaker, Ann Voskamp)

God protected the Israelites with a cloud of fire by night. How can a cloud be protection? Can the darkness and clouds we find in our lives be the revelation we seek? Instead of running away or protecting ourselves, can we run to our loving Father and expect a revelation in His time?

I can’t find the article my friend Lisa sent, but I remember the message. Can we ever get back or see a return on our losses, our “clouds?” After reading the article that morning, I immediately got a text from my daughter, who asked me to braid her hair before heading to the hospital to give birth to her first child. A returning back to a mother-daughter relationship. Small things with great love. The revelation to see God working. Although she went into labor before us getting together, I could visit her in the hospital, hold this miracle of life, and braid her hair.

Addendum here: My friend read the post and sent me the content from Jan Richardson. Thank you, Lisa!

I have found myself wondering lately, amid all the losses and all the letting go that life requires of us, is there anything we get to keep? Is there anything that returns to us, perhaps not in the same form by which we once knew it, but in a way that reminds us that through all the changes, through all the impermanence, through all that life wrests from us, there is something that endures, that has the capacity to stay with us? Something that comes as the opposite of losing, or as its antidote; something that repairs a seam of our heart with its unexpected return. Jan Richardson

Because I could not find the article, I searched God’s Word and found this message from Him.

Deuteronomy 30:3-13

God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.

No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there

and bring you back to the land your ancestors once possessed. It will be yours again. He will give you a good life and make you more numerous than your ancestors.

God, your God, will cut away the thick calluses on your heart and your children’s hearts, freeing you to love God, your God, with your whole heart and soul and live, really live.

God, your God, will put all these curses on your enemies who hated you and were out to get you.

And you will make a new start, listening obediently to God, keeping all his commandments that I’m commanding you today.

God, your God, will outdo himself in making things go well for you: you’ll have babies, get calves, grow crops, and enjoy an all-around good life.

Live, really live

A fresh or new start

Pick up the pieces

Outdo Himself

Freeing my children and me to love God by getting rid of the calluses on our hearts

I’m writing this morning from a space of continued practice to seek a revelation and not relief in the things that pull me away from my Hesed (loving-kindness) Father. I’m practicing “loving detachment” from the enemies of my soul. I purposefully did not remove that verse above. I remember when God revealed to me that my enemies are not human flesh but the things that keep me from living, really living. Things like worry, anxiety, resentment, unworthiness, and words spoken. A verse talks about God preparing a table with all of these enemies of the soul and filling your cup up to run over.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5

My sweet Amanda shared a song that wraps up this post so nicely. Listen for the verse from Psalm 23.

I wanted to add some memories from the past week in our anticipation of Autumn Rainn’s birth. We got the text at church that “Vivian was pushing” while we were singing Silent Night as a community. Also, as I was journaling this morning, my friend Roberta sent this article which answered a few questions about my brain as a grandmother! My brain has been on overdrive!

How grandmothers’ brains react to the sight of their grandchildren (a must-read!)

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa says:

    I have found myself wondering lately, Amid all the losses and all the letting go that life requires of us, is there anything we get to keep? Is there anything that returns to us, perhaps not in the same form by which we once knew it, but in a way that reminds us that through all the changes, through all the impermanence, through all that life wrests from us, there is something that endures, that has the capacity to stay with us? Something that comes as the opposite of losing, or as its antidote; something that repairs a seam of our heart with its unexpected return.

    Jan Richardson

    Anna you are an amazing memory maker and memory keeper. What a gift! Celebrating all of the good things that are in your path!

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    1. My Lisa! You found it! I will add the content to the post–it is just too good not to. I love you for adding this to the comments. I’m celebrating your path and your beautiful friendship. Keep shining bright and being wonderful you. Thank you, friend. Anna

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  2. Jill Seal says:

    Beautiful, Anna! Nothing more special than braiding hair and holding a newborn grand baby! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Your love for your children and grandchildren shines forth and brings joy to the world. Thank you, friend. I love you, Anna.

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