Jenn’s Journey-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

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Happy New Year, and a warm welcome on this first Monday of January 2015. We’ve  started a new year… a year filled with possibilities and opportunities. It feels exciting to think of what is ahead. Grab your coffee and join me in some of my reflections on the past and hopes for the future.

January is a strange month. I say this because it always feels like a letdown after the high excitement of November and December. It’s a long month and often the most wintery month, so it can bring depression with it. When I moved to Southern CA about 22 years ago, and January was so warm, I would sit by the pool and I remember thinking this was the place for me! I thought there was nothing better than having the holidays and then going right back to summer. Kind of funny, isn’t it? I learned quickly it’s not the excitement of holidays or bright sunny days that keep my mood up. So much of that depends on what I choose to think on or how I choose to react. You might say, I am a slow learner but I do believe that I am beginning to finally learn this lesson!

Recently, my cousin told me a little story and I am going to share it with you:

“There once was a little girl who wanted to learn to ride a bike. She had a huge field awaiting her in which she could ride to her heart’s content. However, in the middle of that field was a big tree. This tree terrified the girl, and all she could think of was running into that tree. One day, she worked up the courage to get on the bike. What did she do? She ran right into the tree.”

The tree that had terrified her, and kept her from trying was the very thing she ran into. How true to life is that? The ‘tree’ we concentrate on is so often the thing that we run into time and time again.

treeI have thought of this many times since I heard the story.  I’ve asked myself what is the tree I concentrate on? What do I keep running into? Well, I know the answer: a sad and frustrating divorce, shared custody with a person bent on making things more difficult than they need to be, my own flaws that often rear their ugly heads, and anxiety that has been my life-long companion. Thoughts of these situations often fill my head.

Over the past year and a half, I have been concentrating on changing what I dwell on. It is not an easy journey, to face the things I worry about head-on, accept them as a part of life, yet not allow them to define my life. I am grateful to Chicklit Power Ministries for the life changing classes on Transforming and Learning How to Love Who We Love…for Evinda who willingly became transparent in her own journey to help point others to Jesus.

What is your tree? Does it loom over you? Does it stand in your way or do you keep running into it? If you are like me, you wish you could chop that tree down, leaving only a small stump. In some instances, we can chop it down and pull up the roots, leaving it as just a distant memory. However, sometimes that is not an option. The tree might always be in the field, but we can learn to go around it. This is my own personal challenge for the New Year: to go around the tree that stands in my field, to keep my focus on the God of the universe who longs to give me a full and abundant life. We just celebrated the Baby who came to earth that we ‘may have life and have it to the fullest.” (John 10:10)

One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” In this year of 2015, I pray for a clear focus on the hope He gives me, in the present and in the future. I pray that for any of you who have joined me today.

Until next week… be blessed,

JennJenn

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