Pressing In.



Happy 2015!

As I press into a new year, I’m reminded of ways that my heart has been pressed, challenged, and encouraged by the gift of writing (and thinking) God has bestowed on others.

I love the way words are put together. And, if you follow my blog at all, you know that I love to share quotes from things I’ve read recently.

I was particularly blown away by one of the final paragraphs in Gilead, which I just finished a few days ago:

“It has seemed to me sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance – for a moment or a year or the span of a life. And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light …. Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it?”

This quote reminds me of a brave woman, who many of us know well through her writing–Kara Tippets–who has fought the good fight, who has run the race well, because she has had the willingness and courage to really SEE.

// May I be willing to SEE this coming year. //

Snowy Wreath

Another thought that stays deep came from my husband on a Sunday morning:

“We prefer the weight of guilt, because we don’t know what to do with the lightness of the gospel.”

G.K. Chesterton puts it this way:

“It’s easy to be heavy, hard to be light.”

I want to press in to this truth this year, to SEE in deeper ways the lightness of the gospel.

Three words come to mind as I think of what could happen if I really accepted this lightness: JOY. FREEDOM. THANKFULNESS.

// May I see joy, freedom, and thankfulness through the lightness of the gospel this coming year. //


Finally, I stumbled upon this tweet this summer:



A pastor-friend of mine once told Duane and me that life is mostly lived in the white spaces, in the waiting between big events.

This truth is hard to accept. I want the big events, but life is really lived in the waiting. It IS a mixture of hope and disappointment, but that’s okay. The groaning and the hope prove that we have real hearts.

// May I have an engaged heart in the white spaces of waiting this coming year. //

Happy New Year to all of you. Thanks for reading.

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What resonated with you this year?

What would you like to truly SEE this coming year?

  • Joel Ledbetter

    I love your thoughts on the tweet from Matt. He is one of those guys that can “see” for sure. Waiting and wandering in between is hard, but that is definitely where relationship with God is deepened!

    • Julie Davis

      Wondering what resonated with you this year?? Also, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the new Chuck DeGroat book.

  • Mike McNair

    I think what’s resonated most with me this past year were all the inconveniences that have taken up much of the white space in my life. I would like to see more of them this year than last, and am actually hoping last year’s inconveniences were mere primers.

    • Julie Davis

      Can’t wait to hear the stories of the people you meet this year at “inconvenient” times! : )