I’ve missed you all and wanted to say hi. Today is my birthday and I can’t believe another year has flown by. I’m always grateful for another year because I know that tomorrow isn’t promised to us. I was praying about what this year should be about, if anything more or less. And I was brought to the same verse over and over again.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
I was just invited to go on a trip to Ecuador with my good friend Miranda where we will work with orphans and other things. I was also invited to help at an orphanage in India this October for a week. I’m going to do both. But the second part of that verse is to “keep oneself polluted from the world.” I believe this touches that cord in me that wanted to be a nun as a child. When I was in Hawaii last fall God gave me that dream where I was dressed in white and I knew it was about being set a part. Over the past several years I have grown to love the things of this world less and less. But I think this is the year I am called to really live a separate life.
What does that mean? Well, I’m sure some of you have gone through this and continue to go through it. For me, I will just have to find that line with working in Hollywood and not being polluted because a little bit of leaven raises the entire loaf. Or maybe this is where my life completely changes and I work with orphans and widows for my life’s work. I’m not sure, but I am walking by faith and not by site. I trust that whatever is in store for this coming year is exactly where I need to be because I am abiding in Him.
When I look back at who I was a year ago I’d say that I’m much more comfortable in my skin. I think part of this is being happily married and the rest has to do with changing the way I eat and also finally using my gifts when it comes to the work of my hands. I don’t feel like I have to search for God anymore because I am secure that He is always with me.
I’m very grateful.