Day Nineteen // Make It Happen

TODAY’S READING – The Best Is Yet To Come (Pg. 205 – 207)

It’s just after 10:30 p.m. in West Virginia.  Any warmth from the day has long since disappeared and I sit in my overstuffed recliner with a blanket over my lap.  Through my partially opened window I can hear crickets and my neighbors laughing loudly around a campfire in their backyard.  And I, well I’m choking back tears.

This is bittersweet.  

 

“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” ― Philip Yancey

Yesterday I looked at the calendar and realized that it was just two months shy of one year from when the seed was planted that has blossomed into this beautiful community known as The Intentional Filling.  And today marks the end of a third book that has been read, highlighted, bookmarked, discussed and thoroughly loved.

This is bittersweet.

This is the first ending that I am not already in full swing preparation for the next study.  This is the first time in almost a year that I’m not plugging away at developing content, designing graphics, coming up with a new study journal or collecting items for giveaways.  That’s not to say that the wheels aren’t turning and notes aren’t being taken on what you’ll see in the fall.

Nonetheless, this is bittersweet.

This is the first time in almost a year that I can, in full confidence, submit to the tug upon my heart.  The tug that says, Come away with me, my child.  Rest in my presence, be still.  I love the hustle and the bustle of participating in a study with you, but I also love the opportunity to be able to recharge and intentionally fill myself back up so that our next study is even more successful.

This is bittersweet.

We’ve learned so much from Lara in this study.  We’ve gained so many valuable lessons: in ending the chase of perfection, letting go of fear, taking bold leaps of faith, giving ourselves some much needed grace, evaluating our lives to determine the best approach for the future, clearing out the clutter so we can focus on our goals and what matters most, and that making things happen doesn’t need to be a road we journey alone.

This is bittersweet.

Life happens, sometimes at what seems like warp speed, and some of us fell behind in our reading, so became concerned that we were not allowing ourselves enough time to fully absorb what we’re reading and the questions we’re answering.  So I pray that no matter where you are in the book, or in reading the corresponding blog posts, that you know that you are loved, you are treasured and you are not a failure.

After this study ends and the pressure is off, I hope that you’ll pick up the book again and visit the blog for the corresponding posts so that you can make the most out of what wisdom Lara has shared in these 200+ pages.

The Best Is Yet To Come // Make It Happen by Lara Casey - Seasonal Book Study hosted by www.imperfectvessel.com

 

I am proud of you and what you’ve accomplished right where you are.  I am honored to have had the opportunity to walk alongside of you through this book and your own faith journey.

So no matter how bittersweet this is, I’m excited to see what God has in mind for you; the best is yet to come!


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Bree Blum is a 32 year old cardigan-wearing blogger who loves Jesus.  She lives in Wheeling, WV where she serves in her church as a sign language interpreter and works full time as an Administrative Assistant for a technology firm.  She has a passion for women’s ministry and speaking life into others despite her own introverted tendencies.

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Bree is a recovering perfectionist, whose weaknesses include the clearance rack at Target and anything pumpkin flavored. Though she is an introvert, she has an insatiable craving for community and desire to bring light to God’s purpose in the imperfections of life. Read More