Embrace.

Hey there.

I’m so glad you decided to join me as I chose to embrace this unique year week by week! Can you believe it’s already Saturday? Here’s a look at how we embraced this week.

Week 1 Activity & Verse

In case you missed it, this week’s activity and verse were combined. The first activity on the checklist was to memorize 20 verses. That’s a bit daunting, so I’m spreading that activity out over the next weeks and chose to just memorize one verse this week. Here’s the verse we focused on:

Proverbs 19:21
“Many are the plans in the mind of man, but the will of the Lord will stand.”


Embracing My 2020

I was greeted with a sense of the familiar when I sat down to memorize this verse. You see, when I was a teen, I was involved in Bible quizzing (you can read a little more about that here and catch a glimpse of 17-year-old me, eek!) for five years. For five years, I memorized large chunks of scripture, quoted it daily to get it deep into memory, and then showed up to competitions once a month to prove what I had memorized. I loved all of it, but, mostly, I appreciated the time I had to sit with God’s word in this deep way.

Familiar. Welcoming. Comforting.

But as I sat down with the familiar, there was resistance too. No sooner did I hit publish on my post on Monday than things began to fall apart over here. On top of navigating my husband working from home and finishing up our homeschool year, I am still physically and emotionally recovering from the miscarriage I had a month ago and the emergency surgery that resulted. My hormones are all over the place (as evidenced by my hair falling out) and my muscles are, as my chiropractor put it, “angry.” And the plans I keep trying to put into place to help my home move to a better rhythm? They fall apart by 10am.

Which is why this verse hit just differently this week than when I picked it last week. Many are the plans… I felt identified in that statement. I am a planner. It’s part of how God designed me. There is good in that. There is a purpose in that. But, if I’m not careful, I let ruined plans crush me. I let an unattained schedule discourage me. But this verse was a gentle reminder that within the frustration of a broken world creating broken plans, God’s will and purpose prevails.

Comforting in that God is faithful and consistent. Familiar in that my design reflects that planner part of God’s character. Welcoming in that He asks me to trust that when my plans fail, His do not.

 


Reflection Questions

If taking some time to reflect speaks to you, here are a few questions you can use:

  • What did I enjoy about this activity?
  • What surprised me?
  • What did I wish there was more of?
  • What did I not enjoy?
  • What did I learn about myself through this activity?

Next Week

I’ll be sending you an email on Monday as a reminder and some helpful links, but here’s a preview of next week. Remember, I’m following a certain schedule, but you are always welcome to do a different activity or verse.

Activity – Dance the Night Away with Your Person
Verse – Jeremiah 1:5

I’m looking forward to embracing each week alongside you. You can follow my progress on my socials (Instagram & Facebook). Remember to use #EmbraceYour2020 when you post to your socials so we can cheer you on!

Happy Embracing!

Rachel

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