Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Last night was a BIG TV night. Hard to decide between “The Bachelor Wedding,” The Grammys and, Downton Abbey. Did you watch anything? I tried to flip between The Bachelor and The Grammys. I pushed through all of the pre-taped packages about Sean and Catherine waiting to get to the live wedding, only to fall asleep right when she started walking down the aisle. Typical. (If you know me, you know I have self-diagnosed mild narcolepsy. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to keep my eyes open past 9:30).
Anyways, I digress…
One of the new additions to my new home on the internet is the tagline: “Crazy Life. Constant God.” When I knew I was going to launch a new website, I started thinking about what I wanted my tagline to be. There are blogs I love that I think have the BEST taglines:
Emily’s at Chatting At The Sky is “Creating Space for your Soul to Breath.”
Nester’s at Nesting Place is “It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful.”
(They’re sisters, so I guess it runs in the family…)
Sara’s at Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is “Where Hungry Souls Can Gather.”
These do such a good job inviting readers to settle in and quickly describing what they can expect.
As I thought through different words, one that came to mind was Dwell. If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I talk a lot about dwelling right where you are and embracing “your now.” So we originally decided on “Dwell in the Present.”
Then on November 7th, I was inspired by Jesus Calling to write the post “Constant” talking about a time in my life where I was struggling to not be consumed by fear and unknowns and was SO encouraged by the following:
“Look back on your life, and see how I have helped you through difficult days. If you are tempted to think, “Yes, but that was then, and this is now,” remember who I AM! Although your circumstances may change dramatically, I remain the same throughout time and eternity…. “
And as I wrote that post, I was reminded of how SO many times throughout the past ten years of my life, just when I thought I’d “made it” or finally gotten to the place where I could “settle down” something completely unexpected was thrown into the mix, bringing me back to a place of praying, trusting, and believing God.
A a 23-year-old, I mistakenly assumed that by the time I was 30, I’d have things pretty figured out. I’d be in a house that I owned–one that I could paint and decorate and settle into for 5-50 years, my job path would be steady and secure, and my little family would have a clear picture of what God’s plan was for us for, like, I don’t know, the rest of our lives….
I mean, really, was that so much to ask?! Can’t blame a girl for dreaming!
I think I just assumed that your twenties were a decade when you start figuring things out and by the time you hit thirty, you’re in a place where you can settle in. And it some ways, there may be some truth to that, but here’s the thing: no matter how settled our lives may appear, there’s always room for an upset or sudden change that will inevitably shake and rock the consistency we’ve always clung to, no matter how old you are. After living a decade in the new, unfamiliar, and perpetual transition that is your twenties, I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s just part of life. So what’s a girl to do?!
Cling to the consistency that is our God.
Yes, life may be crazy and completely unexpected. Just when you think you have things sorted out, they may shift on you, but the one thing that has not and will not shift on you is the eternal faithfulness of our God.
My friend Josie commented on my blog last week with an Oswald Chambers’ quote that she had on her wall during college:
We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God.
Don’t you love that?! I think that may need to be my new life tagline.
Life, at any age, is full of crazy, uncertain, unexpected events, but no matter what, we have a certain, faithful, constant God who will NOT let us go. Hold on tightly to Him and He will not leave you.
Crazy Life. Constant God.