Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Decided Y

It was January 7th when I put into words what had been brewing in my knower. The road we each travel is, at times, a forked one. Those forks can insist on the making of a choice between two courses or ten; choices that cannot - or ought not - be made one second sooner than is prudent.

Since the penning of the The Why? in the Road, I have made my way ever closer to understanding it, as well as being readied to step decidedly forward when at last it was upon me - or, rather, when I was upon it.

Very likely it doesn't matter all that much what happened, or even how it happened. What is important, is that it DID happen; and today I stand amazed at God's goodness in preparing me in advance for it. In recent days I've described those preparations as a loosening of my roots. It's among the first steps in preparing anything for transplant.

At the end of March I will leave my ministry roost (though not the blogosphere), where for four years I have treasured nearly every moment; every opportunity. It is a bittersweet leaving, for truly I have loved both the people and the work; days filled with focus and purpose - and much, much satisfaction.

The bitter is the sadness that claims my soul; sadness over the ending of one chapter before taking up the next one. It has come to claim my soul, though I confess the sweet of it is excitement & amazing joy that allows the sorrow to have boundaries.

It is well with my soul.

So this I know ...
  • In Him, there is no darkness or shadow of turning. Wherever I am, He is there already; and there is light.
  • What lies ahead is always more amazing than what lies behind. The best is forever yet to come.
  • Fear has no home in a heart that knows God always intends it's best.
  • The high ground - and remaining upon it - always provides the most amazing view.
As I pen this, I am thinking how wonderful & timely has been this week with my sisters. Just a short while ago I bid farewell to Carol & Hal, having said my good-byes to Dolores & John on Tuesday. My home and my heart are filled now with a sweet smelling aroma; the best sort of wind for continuing along the clear course now set before me, just beyond The Why? in the Road.

Dolores, Carol, Barbara, Kathleen

If you select your own spot to be planted,
you will prove yourself to be an
unproductive, empty pod.
However, if you allow God to plant you,
you will "bear much fruit".
It is essential that we live
and "walk in the light"
of God's vision for us.
Oswald Chambers


~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Nicely put Kathleen. Does this mean you're not going to be blogging anymore as well? If so, we'll have a loss. I love and am bless by your posts. I wish you well in your next chapter of your journey.

sonja said...

I've been gone for a few days too, but you have been on my mind, and I'm so glad to see you back and hear your posting this morning. I have felt that change was in the air for you as you've voiced your blogs in recent days. I understand the pangs that come with those changes, but also the excitement for what is ahead. Our son is a pastor and just resigned from his church, knowing it was the right time, and now we all wait with them to see what it is God has in the days ahead.

Know this for sure... you will daily be in my prayers, for clear and specific guidance as you move not simply 'away from', but 'toward' what is next!



LisaShaw said...

Sweet Sister, the "letting go" to move forward can be challenging but when we trust in the LORD truly we will open our hands to release so that we can open our hands to receive.

I don't know what the 'change' is in your life but I know it's something awesome. Look up! Psalm 121. Stay focused and trust in Him.

I pray that you will continue to be with us online. I couldn't imagine not visiting with you but whatever the crossroads and the new road GOD has you on walk it with grace as I'm sure you will....His Grace.

As of late there have been great changes with my household as well. Wonderful changes but in that is the thought of the "unknown" but we trust the LORD as we step forward in Him.

I love you and I'm praying for you and those are two things that will remain consistent in our relationship.

LisaShaw said...

Oh and the photo of all of you sisters is BEAUTIFUL!

Karen Lange said...

What a wonderful way to express things, this speaks to me with several current situations. It should be well with our soul to have a good outlook and to move forward productively, shouldn't it?

Have a wonderful day.

Nel said...

Change is often scary, but the best is yet to come! He promised us that! Praying for your changes. Love the picture of you and your sisters, so glad you had a wonderful time. It is good to have you back!

until next time... nel

Jackie said...

I'm excited for you and pray that your "why" in the road leads to your most purposeful and fulfilling season yet! I believe the path that He's been walking with you upon were seeds sown and will bring forth a beautiful harvest within your new journey. Your latter will be greater than the former (Job 42:12)!

"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert"! Isaiah 43:18,19 emphasis added

I've scensed a "new thing" in my horizon as well and feel that allot of us are approaching the "why" in the road. He's retooling, refining and repurposing us for these last days.

Amazing times we are living in and what an Amazing God we serve!!

Looking forward to hearing about His new season in your journey!

Luv,Hugs and Sweet Blessings!

Rose said...

Kathleen, this is such a wonderful post. Change is always bittersweet, but isn't it wonderful to ponder on what God has in store. HUGS!

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

I can't wait to hear more as you journey down the decided "Y" into new territory. :)

Diana said...

Singing with you.....It is well!

Patrina said...


I had to go back and read the Jan 7th post to get the fullness of today's. You are so encouraging with your steadfast journey with the Lord. God has palced you in this current position for His purposes - that is evident in your life. I'm so blessed that you face the Y without FEAR. Your FAITH cancels out the fear! That tells me that you ae indeed being prepared for 'a new thing'. When God ushers in a new thing, we can be assured that it is not only for our good but His Glory!

I'll be watching and listening to what the Lord has in mind for your next season. this is an exciting time for you - and your relationship with the Lord - and for those who look forward to your consistent TRUTH.

I'm joining you today - in the journey set before you. God's blessings are upon you more now than ever. Just walk - it will be OK.

PS I saw your your comment on Lisa Shaw's post today. I copy it here as a background for my question. your wrote:

"He shows up in the most amazing ways, and in the most amazing places. I love it that He inhabits the praises of His people!"

Because I use this phrase often, my question to you, because of your knowledge of the scripture, is: "is this a scripture or just a common phrase that I've heard somewhere?"

I've searched all over and cannot find a scripture that says that exactly! I love it. I've experienced it. I know it is true. But I wanted to use it in my post this week and wanted to show it's scriptural address to give it scriptural TRUTH. Can you help me out with this? it would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

God's love to you, neighbor

Patrina <")>><
His watchman onthe wall

Melinda said...

Amazing how He takes us to these new places, isn't it? Can't wait to hear more of where the "Y" will lead. Glad you're sticking around here, though.

Really glad!


Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Beautiful picture of Women who love the Lord!

Terri Tiffany said...

I am so happy that your decision feels right and is right for you:)) I knew it would be and I can't wait to see how you will feel your time:)

Rita said...

New places and new things can be both exciting and scary. May God bless you as you take the road He wants you on. If you are gone from here, I will certainly miss you, if not, I hope you will let us know where you are. You have been a blessing in our lives.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

In many ways, I'm standing with you at the "why" and the "Y" in the road; but more on that later, once the "Y" has been walked.

Love you sweet friend and know that God is holding your hand even now--giving you wisdom and strength and peace for the best yet to come.


manthano said...

Thanks for letting us know more about
the "Y" in your road. I thought there
were some major changes coming from
your concern. We will continue to pray
for you as you start to write the new
chapter in your life.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Can you imagine the "Y" in the road that Horatio Spafford faced on that dreadful and life changing night when he learned that he lost all his daughters at sea. I often think of that when I sing the song he penned after that, and mentioned on your post, "It is Well With My Soul". Anticipating the "what next" while holding on so tightly to the God who was leading his life, he wrote the words to that much loved song.

What door will be swinging open for you next my friend? Who will be the new recipients of your talents and skills? We will be praying for you, and always here for you, wherever your journey may take you, and we look forward to seeing what fruit will be revealed in this new position.

Heart2Heart said...

Once the roots are transplanted in their new soil and carefully and lovingly tampered down, water and fertilizer will be added to watch the new creation grow even bigger and better in her new home!

May God's hand follow you in every step in your journey!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Beth E. said...

The way I figure it, this decided Y may be revealing to Y'all that you will have more time for travel...that Y'all might want to experience "the high ground" (mentioned in your post) from the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Y not? ;-)

Looking forward to hearing what God reveals to you along the journey.


Debbie said...

Kathleen, I love your attitude towards change! I seem to have such a hard time with it. I think I could learn much from you.

I pray that you're not moving. I want to get together with you. Let's figure out a date, OK?


Debbie said...

I forgot to tell you that I loved the photo of you and your sisters!!! I'm sure you had such together this week.


beBOLDjen said...

This post was so encouraging! I really appreciated the quote from Oswald Chambers as we are waiting to discern just where the Lord is planting our family during a season of change as well.

Kathleen, you minister to so many just by being in love with Jesus and letting the fruit of that relationship spill out into your relationships with others. You are a blessing!

I pray your next steps include more full time writing! Maybe, yes? ;-)

PS- (you're gonna love this!) my word verification: musin'- as in slang for musing.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

Welcome back! We missed your kind, thoughtful posts. :)

May the Lord bless your new venture.


Beverlydru said...

Hi Kathleen,
Glad I came by to do some catching up. Just this morning, in a meeting with a friend in ministry, we all agreed that as the Lord is shifting the earth in the natural, he is shifting his warriors into new positions. I love, love, love your 4points, but especially "What lies ahead is always more amazing than what lies behind. The best is forever yet to come." Amen! So be it.

Saleslady371 said...

Kathleen, you are my most mysterious friend. So what's the change, girlfriend???????

Love you,
Pic with the sisters is lovely!

Andrea said...

Kathleen, you have, dear friend, been on my heart. God certainly knows all the why's of our Y's. You are one of His special daughters, and I know He is leading you. With every step of change, Christ is preparing the soil ahead.

Do not be weary in well doing, for in due season, you will reap, for you have been faithful (Gal. 6:9).

Love you much, and I am praying for you!


christy rose said...

This was beautiful! what a way to express the heart of one who is seeing that things ahead are exciting and full of joy and yet knowing that in order to capture them, one has to let go of what is behind. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for you!!

I love the picture of you and your sisters!

Technonana said...

Praying that wherever God is leading, you will be richly blessed for/by the journey.
Life is change and I am amazed at how we forget that!!
Will be praying with you for more answers to the Why.
In Him,