I pray your holiday celebrations were full of joy and family and memories and friends and laughter and awesomeness! Ours were that and much, much more.
Blessed with TIME—time to reflect, read, pray, think. . .that was my Christmas miracle. During these times, I try to memorize moments—moments waiting to be recalled when I desperately need to remember to breathe. My children's unguarded laughter, a heartfelt hug from my husband, the sincere wit of my brother, the promise of a new niece, the blessing of grandparents. . .
At this stage of my career and life in general, I have found that placing every moment in the hands of Jesus is absolutely necessary for my mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual survival. Thriving in the process of living out His purpose for me takes utmost precedence.
One of my prayers on my portable white board is for me to be vulnerable, specifically naked and exposed when talking to my Savior. He is teaching me through this request that many of my ideas in regard to Him are simply not true. For example, the subject of role clarity arose during one of our talks. The false notion He is my consultant fell flat on my lap. He is not my consultant. He does not work for me. He is my boss. My holy, grace-filled, mercy-giving, Creator of the universe, Director of all things—boss. My type A self gulps really, really hard when faced with this truth, but after the swallowing of pride (or purging of pride), I'm truly grateful.
As I prepare to face 2016, my plans fall away and His take their place. Praise Him for that, because my plans, left in my hands, resemble play-dough in a toddlers—squishy, resembling an almost, but not quite something.
Therefore, I ask you (very humbly) to be patient with me. Blogging and writing are definitely green lights, but the Wise Up series is a no go—for now. I will continue to blog through Proverbs from a leadership perspective and hopefully include a video or two along the way. I vow to seek His guidance and move forward as He leads and I pray you do the same.
Thank you for your love and support. Below is a song that is my theme for the new year. I simply love the message.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.