“My Live Diary” – Walking Shoes
I sat at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in hand reading over my “thoughts of victory” sheet. I said aloud, “I have the mind of Christ, I’m loved, I am the righteousness of God, I’m victorious, I love people to life.” Soon after, I was fine.
Around 8 a.m., I dropped the kids off at school and walked up Mt. Rubidoux where God had once spoken to me. I needed to be lead to the rock higher than I. I needed to be reminded of how far I have come and where God is bringing me. I needed a refreshment of His goodness, grace and mercy. I needed clarity of my next steps.
It’s been months since I’ve walked the mountain.
Six months ago, when I resigned from my job at the University of California, Riverside, I walked up that mountain feeling exuberant. The resignation was new and fresh. I was clear on what I was going to do. I even saw what life was going to look like. The plan was to spend time with God and I was going to hit the ground running.
Life since my resignation has not been what I imagined. Some, but not all.
Iv’e been tested and tempted. Still, I trust God.
I remembered seeing the Bell Tower in the distance as I sat upon a rock overlooking the entire city. I was overjoyed at it’s presence and all that I had learned from the people there and the relationships I had built. I had been on that campus in some capacity for close to 20 years. That was my world and my comfort zone.
Today, when I got to the top of the mountain, I sat in the same spot. The Bell Tower was nowhere in sight. I knew it was out there, I just couldn’t find it. “Interesting“, I said to myself. I took another look. Then another and another; nothing.
Was this God telling me, it’s over? No more looking back?
Why couldn’t I see the tower?
I left the thought alone.
After sitting for a while longer, God showed me that it’s time to move in another direction so he had me sit on the other side of the mountain; a different view and different perspective.
I took in the view and snapped some photos. There, I sat listening to more of God’s word through music; “Just Be Held“, “Speak to My Heart“ and “Stand“. I cried, prayed, rejoiced in all of God’s goodness to me. He has me right in the palm of His hand.
Through faith and obedience, the trajectory of my life has changed! To God be the glory!
I am picking up my cross daily.
A text comes through from my husband:
I needed this. I needed to know that my husband has my back as I press into God’s purpose and plan.
He reminded me to count our blessings (that of which I had not been doing).
She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes
Down the mountain, I am renewed and refreshed. Feeling great! Things are clear.
I run a little bit.
Back in the car, “Walking Shoes” comes on my iTunes. I smile.
Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness.
*Engagement for the Reader*
Have you been walking lately? What has God spoken to you? Do you need a word from Him?
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Peace and Blessings,