Awakening the wonder

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And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered for awhile, will yourself himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:1

I started something new today. In a spiral notebook, using my new gel coloured pens,  I created the following legend:

Gratitude                                                                                                                                                               Miracle                                                                                                                                                                   Where I am at                                                                                                                                                      Success                                                                                                                                                                 Quotes and Scriptures   

With my pink gel pen in hand, I wrote today’s scripture verse which is also my verse for the year as it encompasses my word for 2017: RESTORATION

But do you notice the strike-through, the mistake I made when writing? Instead of himself, I originally wrote ‘yourself.’ In other words, I slipped (unconsciously) into restoration by my own efforts.

God sure does work in mysterious ways doesn’t He?

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The other day, after opening up to a friend where I am at, questioning, she said, “It sure isn’t always easy during those times when God is silent.”

I stared silently back at her. Silent? I hadn’t even contemplated that God is being silent. I’ve been asking a lot of ‘why’ questions lately, and praying for something, anything to show He works here among us, while in this world of flesh. With my own intellect and reasoning, I want to know and see.

In today’s reading time:

Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3   

“The childlike heart is vulnerable, teachable, joyful, creative and filled with wonder. There’s a difference between being childish and childlike. Childishness is a posture of stubborn challenge. Childlikeness is a perspective of hopeful curiosity. Every question you ever ask is one of challenge or curiosity. Let childlike wonder awaken you again as you let go of all offense at the past and fear of the future.”                                                                                          The Creative Way Meditations, Ted Dekker

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Yes, I’d say His ways are mysterious but hopeful…

As this year of 2016 comes to a close and if, like me you are in this season where God seems so silent, my hope for you is that your childlike wonder is awakened and that you know God’s grace restores making you, as He has promised, “strong, firm and steadfast.”

Happy New Year, my friend. Thank you for sharing in my travels this past year, and for sharing your perspectives which has ministered and blessed me beyond words. I look forward to our continued awakenings and wonders expressed in 2017.

 

                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

17 thoughts on “Awakening the wonder

  1. First I love your photos! Second, thank you for this post. I too am looking forward to what God has in store for me in the coming year.

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    1. Thank you Terri. I noticed my actions tell me more about me than my thoughts. I thought I was a certain type of photographer (macro-type), but I seem to be another as most shots are landscape! I am claiming that God has good things in store for us in 2017, and dreams that flourish! Happy New Year!

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  2. I identify with your unconscious mistake in that verse, Lynn. When we are honest with ourselves, we often try to restore ourselves, don’t we? I know I do. I hope 2017 will be a year of God-powered restoration for each of us. I love your photos, especially the middle one. It always amazes me how tree roots grow and spread, creating unique designs. 🙂 God designs. 🙂 Have a childlike, wonder-filled 2017! Love and hugs!

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    1. Thank you Trudy. I was drawn to those tree roots, yet still feel I could have captured them better. Yet, do love how you paralleled the unique designs to God’s designs that also grow deep! Happy New Year Trudy. Was great to get to know you this year and look forward to more of you in 2017.

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  3. Hi Lynn,
    Do those cuties in the photo of the tree belong to you? 🙂 I really like the word you chose for 2017 because it holds so much power for the future and hope for the present, just as a restorative work should be — an ongoing journey or project, never-ending, always becoming!

    I definitely think that although at times God might seem silent in our puzzling circumstances, he is always, always working! Joining you in looking forward to 2017, friend! xoxo

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    1. Hi Valerie! Those cuties are my grandchildren, Mya and Elijah. They are a lot of fun! Your words ‘holds so much power for the future and hope for the present’ are the very reason I chose restoration as my word for my hope seemed to lost. And considering my blog is titled Inspiring Hope, I was feeling quite defeated and realized I couldn’t restore hope, faith and love on my own. I always look forward to your weekly words and getting to know you better! Happy New Year to you, and pray God’s favor on you in 2017!

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  4. I love the title of this post and all the thoughts it stirs within me! The photos are truly gorgeous as well! I wonder sometimes if God is waiting for us to quiet ourselves and be content in listening for Him and longing for His voice. It is always difficult when we are confined by time, space, circumstances, and humanity. Blessings on you as we come to a close of 2016. I am enjoying getting to know you as my northern neighbor and the grace evident in your photos and words.

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    1. I am pondering your words about being confined, Pam. I hadn’t thought of it that way. I often hear of course, how God’s timing is not our own. And some dry seasons may last years and years! I guess there can also be joy in the longing for His voice, can’t there? Blessings to you too, and yes, I have always enjoyed your pictures too!

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  5. Hi Lynn – I’ve been thinking about little children and their wonder, trust, and joy. I gave a neighbor’s 4-year-old daughter a doll for Christmas. Her eyes lit up and she declared, “It’s just what I wanted. Thank you!” She gave me a big hug. Her gratitude and excitement touched my heart. Is that how the Lord feels when His kids respond with thankfulness? I’ve learned to see His hand in the small things of life and express my love and appreciation to Him. After all, scripture says that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. May your New Year be blessed.

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    1. How sweet of a moment that must have been to see the joy on that child’s face when you gave her your gift. Sounds like too, that it was a gift she so wanted. Sometimes the ‘gifts’ I receive are not what I asked so can have a grumbling heart! But what a wrong attitude! God desires a heart of love and appreciation as it is peaceful and makes life much more enjoyable. Thanks for your words here, Susan! Happy New Year!

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  6. Anticipating, hoping, believing with you, Lynn. God always has something up His sleeve for us to be, to do. May we be comforted and soothed in the waiting …

    Looking forward to continuing to do community with you in the days ahead. You bless me.

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  7. Happy New Year to you too! Thank you for these words today. The call to the wonder that only God truly provides is a call I need to grab in my own life.

    I am excited for you and your one word-restoration. I imagine God will work mightily this year in you and through you. Thank you for the photos-they’re gorgeous!

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  8. Lynn, your photos are beautiful. Over the summer, I took tons of photos of old barns and homes. There’s just something about them, isn’t there? 🙂

    I truly enjoyed your post. And your word? That’s a powerful one. I look forward to reading how God works restoration in your life this year. Sometimes when God is silent it’s easy to lose heart. But knowing that He is always with us, even when He isn’t seeming to speak can ease the discomfort of the waiting to hear His words. Sometimes He speaks through His creation, doesn’t He?

    I hope your New Year is off to a great start, my friend!

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  9. Lynn, you are exactly where I’m at. It’s such a blessing and a comfort to know I am not alone!! “With my own intellect and reasoning, I want to know and see.” <—-YES!! It's sometimes agonizing, isn't it?

    I love the difference you shared between being child-ISH and child-LIKE… I will wait with wonder, and search with the open heart of a child. I pray we both discover fresh Truth and God's presence through His miraculous ways of reaching us. ❤

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