Sunday, December 30, 2012

58, my hopes for 2013

I loved reading other peoples goals, hopes a dreams for the new year.  It's inspiring to see so many want to make changes to their health, lifestyle, families and their spiritual walk.  It makes me so excited for a new year, a fresh start.

Yesterday was our anniversary, 5 years, 5 big ones, half a decade.  I love to just talk and dream about what our next year will hold, Justin on the other hand is quite the realist and when I ask him what he thinks will happen in over the next year his response usually is "whatever God wants to happen." He's the realist,the brake pedal in my gas pedal thinking. haha. But I don't let that stop me and I usually go off on huge tangent of a dream I want to happen.  

This year has been a year where I have been wrecked for Jesus.  He has opened my eyes to a world that desperately needs Him and He has called me to be a voice for those cannot speak up for themselves and to show love to those who might name never experienced it.  He is doing big things my friends, big things in my life and my husbands life and the lives of those around us.  There is so much I want to share, but just not yet ;) 

Our prayer and hope throughout our adoption journey is that God would be made famous in our story, because He is the reason why we're here at this spot.  He is the reason why our eyes were opened and continued to be opened.  This year will be full of adventure, joy, fun and I"m sure some sad times too, but it will all be to make Him famous. 

The other night I had a friend recommend watching the film 58.  It's a documentary about living out Isaiah 58. We watched it and were so inspired to live it our more than ever!


1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself ? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

For my 2013, I want to live this boldly and proclaim it daily! 
Want to check out the documentary 58 yourself, do it!!! 
(this is a teaser, are you pumped to watch it?! Check out their site here
and you can find the documentary on Netfilx and YouTube)


Haley Baker said...

Keep writing, Stephanie! You have so much to share and I love your posts. And I'm going to watch 58 now ;)

Wynne Elder said...

oh yes!! need to watch this! LOVE!