Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Don't Wait Until 2018

A week ago I was highly motivated and pumped for the new year to begin-- I could finally put my failures from 2016 in an old cupboard and begin filling my pantry with 2017 successes. Except the date changed, and then I didn't. While this shouldn't have come to me as a surprise, it did, and for the first 3 days of the year I felt unmotivated and lacked excitement for anything ahead of me. I know 3 days isn't a lot of time compared to the 362 I have left in the year, but it was enough to tempt me to give up on my goals before I even got them started. Thoughts ran ramped in my head like,
  • "It's day 2 and you haven't even written out your goals yet...", and 
  • "You're 'word of the year' is steady, yeah, more like steady-failure", and
  • "What's the point, you're already behind... it's going to take a lot to catch up", and
  • "You may as well wait for a new date come around so you can just start over again...", and
  • "Look at everyone else going strong on their resolutions, you already blew it...".
While there may be some truth to those thoughts, the way they forced me to feel did not come from truth, and I just wanted to throw it out there to anyone feeling a little behind already this year that you have the power to make a change... ANY day of the year, beginning with ANY area of your life. Resolutions are great until they shame you for never starting, or for missing the mark, or skipping a few days. So, before you give up on yourself remember this truth. You're not a failure, you haven't blown it, and you don't have to wait until next year to start over again. Start today, and start again tomorrow, and again the next day. It's a daily choice and you get to choose.

To me, this is much like the picture of Jesus inviting his disciples to follow him. In Matthew 16, Jesus says, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." This is a daily choice we make when we are followers of Jesus Christ, and it is a beautiful reminder to me that even when I feel like I've failed I get to start over again with new life in Christ each day. 

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end; 
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23




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Saturday, December 24, 2016

WORD OF THE YEAR 2017: STEADY



WORD OF THE YEAR 2017: STEADY

"Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me."
 - Psalm 119: 133

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

DRESSEMBER

DRESSEMBER IS A COLLABORATIVE MOVEMENT LEVERAGING FASHION AND CREATIVITY TO RESTORE DIGNITY TO ALL WOMEN. DRESSEMBER USES FASHION TO ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN WHO'VE BEEN EXPLOITED. AS WOMEN TAKE ON THE CREATIVE CHALLENGE OF WEARING A DRESS FOR THE 31 DAYS OF DECEMBER, THEY ARE ADVOCATING FOR THE INHERENT DIGNITY OF ALL WOMEN. THE DRESSEMBER FOUNDATION EXISTS TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED WOMEN WHO ARE LOCKING ARMS TO FACE ONE OF THE GREATEST INJUSTICES OF OUR TIME.THE HEART OF DRESSEMBER IS FREEDOM-- THAT EVERY WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO LIVE A VIBRANT AND AUTONOMOUS LIFE.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Set apart, yet Undivided

“One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas— the sacred and the secular.” - A.W. Tozer

This has been one of the most convicting topics I’ve encountered recently. A divided life. As I read this statement, I began seeking the truth behind it, reflecting on my life, and searching for understanding in a practical way. I have heard it taught in church before, most commonly out of the encouragement throughout Paul's letters to the churches to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31); however; if we’re being totally honest, I was never quite sure what anyone was talking about when they would suggest I could make brushing my teeth a glorifying act to God. So naturally, I accepted it and moved on without aiming to gain understanding. (Psalm 119:144)


But Tozer goes on to note that most of us today are caught in this trap between two worlds. A spiritual world, and a natural world. And as a people we have acquired this ability to compartmentalize different aspects of our lives— to bring them up when appropriate and shut them down as necessary and we, Christians, are no different. The spiritual world for the Christian may consist of praying, and going to church, and singing worship songs, and other activities that provide a “feeling of satisfaction and a firm assurance that these actions are pleasing to God”. In other words, spiritual acts are the scared acts that apart from faith would be meaningless, but because of faith give us access to another world. On the other hand because we are merely human, we all live our lives "subject to the limitations of the flesh”, which is the secular world where eating, sleeping, working, driving, and other such things take place. There is a clear picture of how these worlds are very different; however, I could argue along with Tozer that as we try to live and maintain lives in both kingdoms, our strength is reduced, outlooks confused, and joy taken from us. 

“The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is our perfect example, and he knew no divided life [between the scared and secular worlds]. In the presence of His Father He lived on earth without strain from babyhood to His death on the cross. God accepted the offering of His total life, and made no distinction between act and act.”

When we look at the life of Jesus as he intentionally walked on earth, we can see that he performed no non-sacred act— he is our perfect example of living a unified life. Everything Jesus did glorified His Heavenly Father, everything. I’m just going to pause here for a moment and let that sink in…


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Friday, September 9, 2016

September: UNstuck

a few years ago i felt stuck.
i felt like i had reached the first peak in my life, but when i looked up to the next hill top i didn't feel excited, i didn't feel like what i was aiming for mattered; everything i was striving for felt meaningless. as i sat in a valley, i began to search for meaning. whatever that actually means..

i had graduated college the previous year and immediately started in a job that seemed like it was handed to me straight from God. i had moved into my own little apartment filled with hand-me-downs. i was in a pretty good relationship. i had a cat... life was moving appropriately along this preexisting imaginary dream scale i had in my head. but when i got stuck, i started asking myself questions like, "who came up with this 'American Dream' concept anyway", and "why do i feel so unhappy being right on target at 23", and "is this really it?"

i've always been a dreamer. i've always been the type to look ahead and plan my days and months, organize my year to "maximize my time", and create a 5-year plan in order to get after it, but what i didn't realize was i was forming a bad habit. i'm not saying dreaming and planning are bad because they are absolutely necessary to an extent, but what i am saying is this routine put ME in control, leaving me with a fluctuating self-esteem and an overly idealistic approach to life.

this is about the time when God starting nudging me into a real relationship with him. i'd always "believed" in God. i knew he was "out there somewhere". i'd heard bible stories, and knew who Noah, and Jonah, and Adam and Eve were, but i never understood their significance. i didn't know what "hearing from God" sounded like, or what "seeing God" looked like. but he pursued me in my sin, and in questioning my purpose, he answered me.

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i'm drey. i'm 25. i have two cats; i love to travel, take pictures, walk around antique shops, and eat donuts... and i'm trembling at the feet of my Savior.

Psalm 111:10

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise."

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