Every January (I know it’s February…hang with me for a minute), the stars line up, my worlds collide and I dare to ride the wave of creativity and productivity that comes post holidays. As a worship leading, church music directing wife and partying mother of 4, December hits me like a hurricane, stirring everything up, bringing all sorts of great stuff to the surface and then spitting me out spent on the other side. But as a true “Martha,” I’ve been running so hard and so fast it feels much like hitting the solid ground at the end of a moving sidewalk.
So what to do? 2012 was an amazing year for a lot of us. For some of us, redemption and restoration had it’s way with our souls and we are still shaking our heads at our new places of freedom. We’ve seen the fruition of one time dreams that are now realities. Children grew up, smile lines deepened and our hearts went places we wouldn’t have dared to go. My spirit has been moving as fast as my heart and that doesn’t seem to be stopping either.
Now, in February, my house is finally in working order, our church is moving into a new series on “Real Love” and we have a small group that we love. I’ve managed to get back and forth and back and forth to Nashville to write and co-write. I’m involved with the SMSWF and John Condrone’s Songwriter’s Rounds out at Crystelle Creek in Gatlinburg and I’ve played out more this year than I did the same time last year. As my sister is fond of saying, “We’re really doing this!!!!!” The momentum is picking up speed and we’re seizing the day.
Hallerin Hilton Hill, one of my favorite radio celebrities, opens every show with this:
“Welcome to this brand new day. This day has never been lived before. It’s a blank canvas. If you will it so, it can be your masterpiece. As you wake up this morning think of three things you’re grateful for and then get out there and live this day with all the joy, wonder and enthusiasm you can muster.”
Every day as I drop my kids off to school, I give them bits and pieces of this. I am a woman of faith. I have heard the Creator tell of His great love for me in the redemptive cross of His Son and it rocks my world to the core. To know I’m loved has radically changed me. As I embrace this day with that certainty, recklessly abandoned to the good plans my God has for me, I do so with the blinds to my life wide open. My family is right there with me, watching, copying, encouraging others to do the same.
As I look around and see the longing eyes and the shoulders weary from the wounds of this world, I want more than anything to say,
“Look up. Your Hope has come. Beloved, it’s a REALLY good day!”
What say you? Will you seize the day too? I think we’re quite capable if we dare to trust Him.
Blessings to you for this new year. It’s gonna be a good one.