Am I Willing?

Here we are...10 days into TWENTY TWELVE, and I'm not ready. I'm not ready to get organized, not ready to get back to blogging, not ready for a New Year. But time doesn't wait for me to be ready. The days clip by whether I'm ready or not.

The truth is, I'm never really ready for newness. {My first post of 2010 and 2011 reveal that plain as day!}

{Beauty hunting last winter in Maine. Seeing the
world through my camera always cures the blues.}

Yet as soon as I say I'm not ready, a question rises up in my spirit: Am I willing? So subtle, but it's an entirely different question than "Am I ready?" 

Am I willing to embrace a New Year? Yes. Because I trust in the One who is making all things new {Revelation 21:5}. I trust in His promise to prosper me, not to harm me...to give me a hope and a future {Jeremiah 29:11}. New and unknown isn't so scary when you think of it in the context of a promise like that!

Am I willing to get back to blogging? Yes. Because God made me a writer. {And because my girls have begged me to blog again. They love to read it!} If blogging is His way for now, here I am. Trusting Him for the frequency and giving myself full freedom not to adhere to any artificial pressures to post. All of which means you'll never hear me apologize for not writing, but I hope you'll be blessed when I do. {By the way...I'm beyond humbled that you even want to read what I write, much less leave a comment from time to time. Thank you!}

Alas, am I willing to get organized? Yes. But only when the inspiration strikes, because it's certainly not a necessity! {Remember the nativity scene I left out front until mid-February last year? I've learned to give myself lots of grace!}

So here's to being willing in 2012...even if you're not ready!

With joy and peace,
P.S. To the few of you who left comments for the first time recently, thank you! I wish I could reply to you! Knowing you've been out there reading quietly inspires me.


    let's hear it for daughters that read mama's blog

    so tickled that you're back
    & 2012 has me already feeling behind too.
    but honestly, i sorta alwalys feel that each january. i love to hunker down & refuel during jan. vs getting fired up & motivated..

  2. So happy that you are back! We miss you. Happy New Year and may God bless you BIG.

  3. Beautiful pictures! I recently discovered your blog when I was looking up info on the Feingold diet. Loved your post on what you eat! Such a sweet family!

  4. Those are some beautiful Christmas cards over to the right! You must have had a great season, because your work is lovely, and I love the last one of your girls.

    I know what you mean. My life is a little upside down at the moment and I am having a hard time digging in to sort it out. I find myself distracted and am waiting for all conditions to align before I start. But you are so right, I just need to be willing.

  5. love this linsey -- much needed encouraging words. happy new year, and let's chat soon!

    what a great start to 2012!!

    Love those christmas cards to the right...you were busy creating BEAUTY this season!!!

    Glad you're gonna write when it comes pouring out of you. We'll surely benefit.

  7. Love this Linsey! I had a slow start to the year too. But I looked at it as a relaxing way to start the year. I am embracing imperfect this year! :)

  8. I absolutely Love thatt and oh how I absolutely needed it! Thank you:)! ~Melissa Scott /Realmom8

  9. I agree about that looking thru the camera part! It cures lots of ills for me anyway. I have wanted to go do some shots of these...weeds? or grasses? that you did :)


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