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Word(s) of the Year {Pursue Presence}

Word(s) of the Year {Pursue Presence}

When a New Year season rolls in, are you a goals person, a resolution person, or a word person? I've done them all at different times and in different ways but, I think when it all boils down, I'm a word person. At the start of a new year or a new season in my life, I often ask the Lord to help me choose a word or phrase that will help me walk intentionally into what He has for me. This January, I did just that and what came to me was... 

"Pursue Presence."

A bit of context: I have an almost 2 year old son. His name is Evan and I love him to pieces! Before Evan was born, I had a lot of ideas about what kind of mother I would be and what kind of mother I would not be. Almost all of these ideas came from external places, expectations that I felt coming at me from every direction (emphasis on felt because they were mostly made up). Then came the birth of my dear, sweet, sensitive, high-needs,** baby boy and new unexplainable mama instincts, that gradually became louder than all the books or advice I'd encountered previously. I learned to trust myself, my God, and my baby to work together to figure it all out. I learned to sift through information and opinions and decide what would work for our family. And guess what... 

I am not the mother I THOUGHT I would be, but I am the mother I was made to be! As I learned to be her, I learned that SLOW is beautiful and valuable and something to be treasured. I learned that rushing and long to-do-lists and lots of going-going-going was a big no-no-no (for us, for now). I learned to hold plans loosely, and to leave lots of margin. 

There was a lot of tension inside of me, as I learned these things...  I resisted and sometimes, I'll be honest, I resented; Yet, slowly and surely, I settled confidently into this rhythm of slow.

But slow is only beautiful if it's not about the speed (or lack of speed). Slow is only beautiful if it is purposeful and full of presence. Fast is the same. So, for 2016 I knew what I wanted to focus on was to...

"Pursue Presence." 

I wanted, in the slowness that is my beautiful life, to not miss any moments: to be present for my son, for my husband, for my brothers and sisters (both biologically and in the Lord), and for my neighbors.

As the first few months of the year have come and gone, I am beginning to understand a key to my presence. It's not about mustering something up within myself. It's actually not about ME at all. The most sure way to be present in my life, is to pursue an awareness of my New Life that is not my own, to be aware that I am IN the Presence of Jesus. He is my Presence.

He is with me. He is in me. He is all around me. He is speaking. He is moving. He is inviting.

As I tune in to our Jesus, as I flow in what He is doing, and recognize the beauty of Him all around me, I am naturally present in my own circumstances in the healthiest of ways.

A present life, slow or fast, is a beautiful life.

Thank you, Jesus, for being Presence. 

Join me in pursuing and celebrating presence by using the Instagram hashtag: #pursuepresence.  

**High-needs. I kind of hate that term. I feel like it implies some kind of brokenness, and broken babies are not a thing. Still, the truth is, he did (and still does in some ways) have a lot of NEED, more-so than the "average" baby -- if there is such a thing. It was hard at times, but I treasure all of the giving he asked of me and I wouldn't change a bit. I'm linking to a Dr. Sears article about high-needs babies, because if you have one it can be so helpful to understand.

A present life is a beautiful life.
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