I have better learned how to discern God's voice in my life; to feel His gentle nudge and interpret what He writes on my heart. I believe that He gives me - just like everyone else - talents and gifts. I believe He uses the desires of my heart and these gifts to lead me in His direction.
I can sit and think that these thoughts are lovely, yet be scared to actually follow Him.
I admire the courage that I see in others: courage to retire, leave all things comfortable and move near your daughter; courage to take a new job that requires your family to move; courage to quit a job that doesn't feel right; courage to teach Sunday School when it is out of your comfort zone; courage to take time for yourself and develop whatever your craft is in the midst of all the busyness; courage to carry on despite pain and hardships; courage to dream big; courage to know when to pull back and when to push forward; courage to be a good wife and mother....
So, in my life, I pray for courage. I pray that I will be brave enough follow His voice. I pray for courage to believe that God sees me as enough, exactly as I am. I pray to know that God can use my life to point others to His love, peace and hope that He so freely gives.
When I saw this piece of art, I was moved. It spoke to me of this courage. Courage to follow my heart. Courage to follow Jesus.
I will never be too old to remind myself that life takes courage. I surprised myself and bought the art for our bedroom. (Our DIY Bathroom/Bedroom remodel is almost done!)
What lovely words to look at each day.
As a side note - I found out my blog post on, "A Morning Prayer" was featured on Beautiful Ashes. I am always a little amazed when another blogger chooses to feature one of my posts. Grateful.