Oh, wow. I am writing this blog, just minutes after hearing God speak. Not audibly. No need to call the pretty men in the white coats. Just keep reading.
I thought I had my theme for the year. When I read Buzz by Katherine Ellison, I thought, "I need a year of paying attention as well." I toyed with the idea of making that my theme for 2011, but I kept waiting to hear from God. Usually, He either gives me my theme directly or gives me confirmation when I am on the right track. I have heard nothing about it. But, with 2011 closing in, I had no other word from God, so I accepted it as my theme. I have told people it is my theme. It will remain a sub-theme, next year. It is my personal goal, to pay attention to my children and husband more than I have in the past. But, this morning, God gave me the theme HE has for me for 2011.
I have begged, in the past, for a year of Peace (or rest or celebration or pretty much anything besides patience again). However, after accepting themes for years (2010: Trust, 2009: Patience, 2008: Possibilities, 2007: Purpose, 2006: Freedom) I know better than to think a year of "peace" means an easy ride. Most likely, it means there is a rough time ahead for my family, and I will need to rely on God and have peace in the midst of it. I could be wrong though. I am certainly on board if God wants us to have a year of peaceful waters.
This morning, I came downstairs, gave the boys their vitamins and cough medicine (the flu just does not let go easily) and we sat down to read our devotion together. I read to them from Jesus Calling. The verse for today is:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. -John 14:27
The first line of the devotion reads:
"As this year comes to a close, receive My Peace."
As I read those words, I felt a whoosh inside me. A quickening of the Holy Spirit, so to speak. A knowing. So, I say yes, God. Yes, Jesus. I'm in. Let's do this thing.
Happy New Year!