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Friday, January 02, 2009

Some Thoughts on my Theme for 2009

If you're unsure on what I mean by a "theme" for the year, go read the post below.
That post is also good if you want to look at my theme for last year and how it panned out.
If you have any questions, please ASK!

So, onto my theme for 2009.
I haven't really spent a long time thinking on this. In fact, one day, I was musing to myself about how I hadn't yet got around to praying and asking God for a theme for the coming year. My thoughts were of a time with my bible and my journal and a quiet space to sit and contemplate and listen to what The Father would tell me. That was IT, just musing about how I hadn't done it yet and THERE IT WAS, dropped into my spirit, ONE WORD!


Yes, now that could be wishful thinking on my part, and that could be any number of other things, but if you're a fellow believer you will know what I mean about something just "sitting right in your spirit", and I knew that that was right, that it was accurate, that this was indeed God's intention for me in the coming year. This has been confirmed by others around me and by things God is saying to the wider church at this time.

What does it mean? What will it look like?
Last year I could give you some very concrete thoughts on what my theme would mean, on what it might look like.
This year, I CANNOT do that. I have no idea of what areas of my life I will be experiencing breakthrough, but I know that I will, because He has said so.

In fact, at firs glances this year of breakthrough is starting out with something that doesn't look like breakthrough at all.
I will not be allowed to drive my car for a few months at least. Due to my diagnosis of Sleep Apnoea, my driving licence has been medically revoked. My precious little gift of a car will be put off road for a while and my husband will turn the engine over once a week or so just so she doesn't seize up! I will hopefully be receiving a bus pass from the local council that allows me access to all local buses after 9:30am each day, so no early appointments then!
The bus pass will take 5 or 6 weeks to come through, so in the meantime, and for any journeys after it comes through that are not possible by bus, I am reliant on others!

This is not something I am used to. It's not something I like, particularly, but I am sure that God is indeed, in it and that there is good that will come out of that part of this journey. For instance, if I wanted to pop to the craft store before, I would just get in the car and go, when I had a spare half hour or so. Now, because the buses up to there are so infrequent, I would have to ask my husband to take me, and he's busy, and the craft store bores him, so even if he did take me, I would not feel like I could take the time I normally would, and would find myself rushing out of there, not having enjoyed it in the same way. The same with some other trips I might make, there is a church about 30 or so miles from here that I absolutely LOVE to attend when they have conferences on, and normally it is I who gives a lift to others. They have a couple of conferences coming up and I have had to ask at church to see if anyone else is going and get a lift that way. There's nothing wrong in that, and thankfully someone has come forward, BUT each time there is a risk that no-one will be going. And for someone who is not used to asking and receiving help, it's new.

The same with anything in the evenings around here. I could probably get TO most things, but getting home from them is likely to be a problem because of how infrequent the buses are at that time of night.

So, NO, this doesn't look like breakthrough, and it doesn't feel like breakthrough, but I KNOW that I know that I know, that God, the Father has His hands completely on this whole process and that He will use this, even this to bring about the breakthrough He intends!

And at the same time, I am heading towards some fantastic moments of breakthrough that I already know about!
Hubby and I will be celebrating 15 years of marriage in February. Something a lot of people never thought we'd do!
I should be getting my CPAP machine this month and see a drastic improvement in my daytime energy levels as a result.
We are also following up another solution to the sleep apnoea symptoms that might mean I don't need the machine once that is done.
The restoration of day time energy levels means I can focus once again on losing some weight and increasing my heart health through exercise!

God is good!

So, here's to 2008! And I look forward to reporting back this time next year to tell you what wonderful things God has done!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Zoe -- our blog lives have crossed paths for a number of years now. We interacted on Xanga quite frequently, but have drifted away from each other since then. I've stayed connected with Becky (even getting to meet her in person a couple years ago), and so I do come visit you from time to time.

    Its a new year. Clean slate. And I would like to add you back to my blogroll of friends that I will visit frequently AND leave comments. I came here with that intention ... and after reading a few entries, I'm more sure than ever God is pushing me your direction :)

    Home Sanctuary is one of those sights I read frequently, but don't participate. Gonna try it again, just like you.

    I need to delve further into your archives, to see what has been going on with you. But, I would like to reassure you that YES your energy levels will go up with the CPAP machine. I have been on one since March 2004. It took me a little bit to get used to it. But, I don't miss a night wearing it now. It makes such a HUGE difference. So.. if you have any questions, just email me, and I'll try to answer them the best I can.

    Talk to you later...


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