Vision: My word for 2019

I’m not very big on New Year’s Resolutions, and the idea of choosing a single word for an entire year was too big of a commitment for me!  I scoffed at the idea!  But sometimes God does things that make us re-think what we know and align our will with His.  Several weeks ago I was at a workshop and the speaker said, “You can choose to live in your circumstances, or you can choose to live in your VISION” (Barbara Sunden, Elite Executive National Sales Director Emeritus with Mary Kay).  I thought that was pretty powerful, but I didn’t dwell on it for long.  The very next day, our pastor’s message was on God’s VISION for your life.   Ok, so I’ve heard a very similar message twice within 24 hours.  It’s simply a coincidence, and I have the very fleeting thought that IF it’s from God, He will confirm it and I’ll see it again.  After church we went home, had lunch, then I grabbed my phone to mindlessly scroll through Instagram.  The second post I saw was from St. Mark’s Church in Dublin Ireland, a place we visited several years ago. The post was a single word: VISION.  It stopped me cold and I got chills from head to toe. My physical reaction told me God was sending me this single word, vision. The exact same word, THREE times in 24 hours.  So I began to pray and ask God to provide me with the vision He wants for my life.  I knew it had to come from Him because, by nature, I am not a visionary person.  I’m juggling all the many hats I wear and just trying to survive each day until I can come back home and put my pj’s on!  To have a vision means you look far past the day-to-day mundane existence and focus on a much bigger picture – something much bigger than yourself.  To back track a little, during the month of December I read one chapter in the book of Luke each day leading up to Christmas Eve.  I wanted to post something on social media each day about a verse, or a theme that stood out me.  Mostly, just to keep myself accountable.  My husband was a faithful reader, and mentioned several times I should start a blog.  I thought of a hundred reasons why I SHOULDN’T start a blog: I wouldn’t know what to call it, I’m sure no one would read it, I don’t have time, and the list went on and on.  I wrote all of this “vision” stuff down in my journal and when Brad read it, he again, encouraged me to start a blog.  Immediately the name, “Devotions of Grace” came to my mind.  I felt that God had inspired the name and given it to me, since that was one of the first things on my I-should-NOT-start-a-blog list.  So here it is!  It’s exciting and scary, especially since I don’t consider myself a writer.  But looking back, I believe God was putting these pieces in place for Devotions of Grace to come together for many years.  I have journaled for a very long time, and while working on my Masters degree, I took an elective at Wester Kentucky University on digital media.  The course involved developing a blog page and making multi-media presentations.   I want to be obedient to my Creator, so I’m stepping out of the boat.  I’m relying on Him to lead me and provide.  He is always faithful.  My prayer is that this blog will encourage you, remind you how deeply loved and valued YOU are, and bring you closer to God.  What vision is God putting on your heart for your life?  I would love for you to comment below and share!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this post!

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10 thoughts on “Vision: My word for 2019

  1. I love the name of your blog and the fact that you are doing this! You are an inspiring, gifted woman and I am so happy that you are sharing your life experiences with us. God speaks to us in so many ways, so hearing these types of stories will offer hope, understanding, and a positive outlook on life. Great first post! I look forward to reading future ones!

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    1. Thank you!!! I think in today’s world we can use all the encouragement we can get! I hope I point people toward God so their relationship can grow! Thank you for following!

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  2. What a privilege it is to get to be in on the ground floor of this adventure the Lord has led you into! A wise woman builds her house upon the Rock, which you are doing, and to step out in faith trusting that God will light your path is exhilirating and also scary (that last one is all on me – I totally admit my failings! ha). I pray for blessings upon blessings on this blog and on you!

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  3. Crystal, your desire to be obedient to what you feel Jesus is calling you to is inspiring. Shew, many times we just muddle along hoping that we are in His will – walking His path – doing what He wants us to do. So, when He very clearly gives direction and you are obedient, isn’t it exhilarating? Even though you are stepping out in faith with this blog, you are being obedient. You challenge me to have a closer relationship with the Lord. Thank you friend!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra!! It is exhilarating and scary at the same time. I don’t ever want to get in His way. I just want to be in His will. Your encouragement and support mean so much to me! Thank you!

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  4. I’m so glad you are doing this you are so smart and gifted in everything you do and i will love reading and learning from things about our savior that you have learned.

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