Words. They tend to come easy for me, most of the time. But this one, I struggled to find it. I prayed, asked and pounded on the door of heaven. I didn’t want to be left out, to be the one left without a focus. But perhaps it was not His will, so I resolved myself to the idea that perhaps He was leading me down a different path.
Isn’t that how God works? When we surrender and cease from our striving, when we rest and put it all in His hands, He speaks. At least that’s when we can hear Him the best.
It wasn’t a loud answer. I was not awakened by a dream, nor did a light bulb go on in my head. There was nothing that led me here, except the still small voice of the One who breathed it into my spirit. You see, I had to slow down, to be still, so that I could clearly hear. One night as I lay in my bed, resolving once again that I would move on from the One Word focus and let it be, it came. But what I heard at first was not one word, but a string of words that are now resonating in my heart to become more than I ever thought it would.
In the darkness of the night He came, with His light, and spoke His words to my heart:
I knew at that moment the Lord had dropped one word into my heart, an adverb, that took nouns to complete them. But I fought this word that came to me in the night. “Lord, you surely mean simplify, for you know how I desire to clear the clutter in my life.” But the Lord spoke, “No, My Daugther, simply.” At that moment I realized that the Lord was calling me to a way of living, a lifestyle, as simply resonated in my spirit and wedged its way deep into my heart.
I continue to ask God for revelation on how to walk out this journey. But here is what I know so far:
To simply love is learning to love without expectations,
and learning to be loved, knowing there are no strings attached.
To simply live is to enjoy life to the fullest, breathing in the freshness of each new day,
and opening my eyes to see the beauty in every moment.
To simply give is to allow God to use me, just as I am, right where I am,
realizing that I have much to give.
Just last week I was pondering the thought that perhaps this little word would become more of a life focus for me, at least for this season. And then I was surprised to receive an email from a fellow blogger letting me know that this handmade item was coming my way:
I laughed, I cried, and I thanked Him for bringing confirmation to my heart as I embraced this journey.
Simply – to simply love, simply live and simply give.
I am linked up with Bonnie today as we share about our One Word. Won’t you join us?