I know 2010 is far from over, but as I reflect on the past 7 months, one word that continues to settle on my heart is DWELL. I’ve written about it before, but it refuses to leave me.
Years ago, I heard a woman named Holly Wagner speak on how often women to find themselves living from one stage of life or major change to the next instead of DWELLING in their current season and embracing their “now moment”.
It’s easy to become trapped in a cycle where we put off living in the present and try to wait until we have everything lined up to feel settled, happy, or complete. Telling ourselves things like, “once I graduate college”…”after my career is settled”…”as soon as I meet Mr. Right”…”once we start having kids”…”the minute the children start in school”…”after they’re all in college”…and somehow we’re back at college?
The danger comes when we’re so focused living from one stage to the next, we forget to embrace the season of life we’ve been given until we pause long enough to look up and realize it has quickly passed us by.
It has been eight years since I heard Holly speak. While I often think back on how accurately I have watched her message unfold in my own life, I still find myself constantly wrestling with putting things off rather than DWELLING right where I am.
That is why for 2010 my desire continues to be to DWELL.
- DWELL where I live make it a home instead of wasting time as I dream about the day we can relocate to “greener pastures”.
- DWELL in my community and stop putting off investing in relationships for a later date.
- DWELL in the plans and places God has chosen for me and trust in His ability to provide rather than forgetting God while focusing on my plans.
- DWELL in God’s presence and pray to know Him more.
It sounds so nice and inviting all listed out and bulleted, but I assure you it is much easier said than done. Yet as each day in 2010 quickly passes by, I’m continuing to see that God has so much more to offer us on a daily basis if we simply take Him up on His offer and DWELL in Him.
Psalm 37:3 (NKJV)
“Blessed are those who DWELL in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.”
Psalm 84:4-5 (NIV)