I am really searching for the path that I am to take in life. I know that I have the ability to do what must be done along the path, whatever it may be, I know that ability comes from God. He will direct my path. I truly believe this. But what is the path?
I was discussing this with my friend Jan. She said that Anne Graham Lotz would say to get in the Word. I know that, but I'm just not hearing it. 

We talked on and I siad that I just can't sit here, I have to keep moving. Jan responded with a wonderful analogy. In Matthew 6:26 Jesus says to look to the birds. They don't worry about what they will eat, God provides for them. If He provides for them, how much more will He provide for us? 
When you look at the birds, they don't just sit there with their mouths open. They fly to the ground and dig for worms. 

Jan went on to say that she believes that God will direct our path by shutting doors. If you strive toward something and it just doesn't seem to be working, perhaps God is directing you to another path.

This took us to a discussion we had at Bible study. Charlotte shared a strategy of using a two page spread of a journal. On the left-hand page, record your prayer requests, questions, or searching statements. On the right-hand page, record the events of the answered prayers and questions.

If we stop long enough to reflect on our past prayers for God to show us the the way and see what doors have been shut, we will realize the path that God has chosen for us. When one thing ends...God's will to end it, another begins...God's will to guide. But you have to look back to see it. Kind of like driving forward through the rear view mirror.
So back to the birds. If one digs in a certain place and doesn't find a worm, (that is not the path God has for it) it moves on to another spot to find a worm. There it is! 
If the bird had continued to dig in the first location he may have ended up in a hole or stuck in a rut, far off from where God intended to be. 

So perhaps I need to look and be aware of doors closing rather than continuing head-strong in the direction I think best. Guess what? I end up with the fight for control. Oh to have control...my endless battle.

Well, here's to Anne Graham Lots! So I'm in the Word this morning, 1Samuel 11:20-24 ...Do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside, for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing...
Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.

There it is!! Driving forward through the rear view mirror!
Can you believe we are almost through half of January? I didn't even realize it has been since December 5th that I have posted a new entry. Sorry about that to all of you who are so kind to follow my story. What's funny is that one of my resolutions for 2012 was to do a better job at keeping up with my social media account. So much for that.

Christmas in our home was...still is, I haven't taken down the decorations yet... beautiful!
The focal point of the house is always the mantle. This year it is a bit different because I brought angles into the scape. I just love it.
And of course my favorite Nativity scene. I love Willow Tree angles.But my favorite thing about Christmas is pulling out the box of Santa photos. 
My Daughter is 29 years old. I have a picture of her with Santa for every year of her life! I love to go through them and see her growth. It is pretty neat the way we have the same Santa in many of them. We have seen him age too. Last year started a new tradition I think will continue until she has babies of her own. She has taken pictures with random Santas for the last two years. Last year she found one at a gas station. You can see him on the left. But before she found him, she thought she would have to make due with a Santa she found at a club( on the right)...She says Good Santa, Bad Santa! This year she found her Santa at Target. He is not pictured because I took this picture before her package arrived.

So now it is on to 2012. I pray that it brings you peace and rest in God's love. I will be checking in from time to time to let you know what is going on in my life. Hopefully it will be more frequently than it has. I have lots of great things going on, We can enjoy the journey together!