Saturday, December 28, 2013
Getting geared up for 2014~
Back in November my husband came home from work a bit early one Tuesday afternoon and announced out of nowhere that he was leaving for London that night. He had an emergency happen with work and they needed him to board a plane immediately. He invited me to join him... Um WHAT?? Me?? The girl who has to plan out everything to the last detail... um ME?? Yeah, um, no thank you.... There's no time to plan, no time to think, no time to buy a new outfit or get my nails done, NO TIME!!! But he kept urging me forward, "let's just look into it..."
So I said a little prayer to the Lord and basically said, "if everything falls together easily then I guess that means I should go, but if it doesn't then I will just tell Neal that it's not going to work this time." Well wouldn't you believe it; within two hours I found childcare, a plane ticket, a transfer, and a ride to the airport in Seattle. I would fly out on Sunday afternoon just hours after a photo shoot and meet him in London. I clicked on "buy" and purchased my ticket! What a spontaneous adventure!! I decided to go thinking that this would be the kind of thing we'd talk about when we're living in our retirement home together. On Tuesday morning I was thinking about the beginnings of Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving preparations and by Sunday afternoon I was on a plane to London. Isn't that just CRAZY!!! But you know what??? I'm SOOOOOOO glad I jumped (okay maybe I was a little pushed) at the opportunity!!!
I flew into London and met my husband at the hotel. My layover was in Paris so I stopped at Laduree and picked up fleur de sel macaroons to eat in London together. I'm not 100 percent certain that they're gluten free but they didn't make me sick and I was completely caught up in the romance of this whole situation. By 9:00 that evening we were walking through Piccadilly circus and after dinner in an adorable pub, we were on our way to Big Ben. OH the magic of this day!!! I feel all swooney just writing about it!!!
What does this all have to do with getting geared up for 2014 you wonder? Well let me try to explain all that is buzzing around in my head and heart on this late December evening...
I'm wanting 2014 to be messy, and spontaneous, and quirky, and unexpected, and exciting. Do you know that I have lived my WHOLE life dotting my i's, cleaning under the stove and behind the fridge, keeping up on laundry, volunteering at church, and doing everything the way my head has told me its supposed to be done. This is what I've decided, "It's time for me to be less of a perfectionist, less planned, so that there can be more room for creativity. I've also come to the conclusion that perfectly kept lives and homes (or at least the appearance of such) is boring. Do you know what's exciting?? Doing the unexpected!!! Living in the moment, being sentimental, loving large, and dreaming crazy big dreams! I know that God is the author of ALL creativity and I just want to throw myself into his arms and let him walk me around and show me stuff!! Like Lissa stuff!! He knows just what's going to set my roots on fire!! And I'm ready for this!!!
I just read today in Matthew 6 that if God gives such attention to wild flowers- most of which are never seen- don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is get you to RELAX (can I get an amen!) to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving.... STEEP yourself in God Initiative, God provisions. DON'T WORRY about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met!!!
Makes me think of that verse... "for I know the plans..."
So I'm ready to start this messy, creative journey. I know that spending time admiring my heavenly Father is the place to start! To admire HIS creativity; to feel lavished on when the sky is painted with pink, fluffy clouds. Then I'm going to put my printstagram photos on every surface of my house because those are the moments I want to remember and enjoy.
And finally, I'm going to buy more washi tape, cuz really, it just makes everything prettier!