Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

It Was Towed!

I wasn't looking for it...
I hadn't even thought about it.
My "word for the year" wasn't even on my mind.
Then this picture came and I heard my "word" loud and clear.

Tears started to roll down my eyes...
I told myself..."compose yourself, you look like a blooming idiot."
The truth is... the things of God usually look foolish to the world.

This was the original car (a 1971 Mustang) which was bought in 2000 by our oldest son...Kenny (now 30), Allen (now 27) and Stephen (now 18).

Now why in the world would a old car being towed make me find my "word" or bring tears?
Because behind this car is a veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery long story.
This car was being towed to be restored.
It has been an over-a-decade-long project that my boys started undertaking in their teens.
It once drove... before it caught on fire.
They have all set in the seat of this car...dreaming of the possibilities.
Now, our recently-married, second-born son and his wife are making the dream finally come to pass.

My mind thought back over last year's "word".  I could never have imaged what the year 2013 would hold when my understated word, "transition" was picked.
So, as the word rolled over in my mind... and my thoughts... and my emotions...I stopped.
Instead of trying to figure it out, I went the the source...THE WORD of God.


His Daddy started the project....his Uncle is going to finish the dream.

My mind needed to stop on what all God meant by that word for this year.  My flesh cries out for many things to be restored.  As I read through His word, I knew that the restoration was to first start internally.

Psalms 51:12:
"Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit
Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways"
Jeremiah 30:17-22:
"For I will restore you to health
And I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord"...

Each scripture was the Lord telling His  people what He would do, not something in their own efforts. He stated, "I will restore," over and over again through these verses.

Psalms 80:
".....stir up Your power
And come to save us!
O God, restore us
And cause Your face to shine upon us, 
and we will be saved" 

With the word restoration, I got the words "good deeds" and "the written word."
Later, I looked at the three and saw they needed to come in this order: 
First, The Written Word.......then, Good Deeds......then, Restoration!

So, my header shows my thoughts for this coming year.  I look into the future, having learned from my past, but not turning back.  I will be writing this year!  I will read His written word and put words on paper this year...allowing Him to be the author.  I am going to dance with my silver-haired husband.  It is time to bring this relationship back to the front burner.  I look forward to the Lord walking this word out in my life...
and I hope He'll do the same for you.

17 Joining in with more words:

Pom Pom said...

I like your word for the year and I like your words today, Janette.

Debbie said...

Beautiful!! I love the word choice, and it's so perfect for you. I'm sure I've mentioned this, but I am just a true restoration person in my very soul. I love the old things made new. I'm not talking about new as in different, either. That's a remodel/makeover. Me? I'm more about restoration instead. I love to see the original beauty brought back to the surface. I think that's what God has been doing with His favorite creation since the fall of man, and I can't wait to see what he has planned for you, specifically, this year.

On an aside: I'm so glad to be back in blog land. This little quirky "other world" really does inspire me differently than any other pastime that I have.

Tanna said...

Janette, I couldn't imagine a more perfect word... for you and perhaps for me, too. I am ready to be restored, too. Seems my passion for "restoring" (as in old homes) needs to be refocused into the Lord restoring me. Girl, you never cease to amaze me. I'll be cheering you on all the way. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Vee said...

= D

I know that you'll tell us about your restoration and I hope that we'll get to see the car's, too. What a dream the guys have had for it and how good for God to use that dream this way.

Vee said...

= D

I know that you'll tell us about your restoration and I hope that we'll get to see the car's, too. What a dream the guys have had for it and how good for God to use that dream this way.

Debbie Petras said...

I love your word for the year! So perfect for you and all you're going through during this season of your life. God is so good.

Btw, I looked for you on Facebook to send birthday greetings. Are you still on there? Happy birthday.

Blessings and love,

Mary said...

I understand the tears Janette! Moments of unexpected clarity that you just know it's a gift from our Papa!

I had another word chosen...then God surprised me with the word he had picked.

Your word...full of hope...and we know HE is in the restoration business!

Grace, peace and love to you!

Lisa said...

Love it! Restoration is the perfect word for 2014!

podso said...

We probably all need some restoration --- at least I do. A wonderful post today -- so clearly sharing your heart and beautifully illustrated! your header is great--I especially love the pen and paper image (well your pics are great too!) Look forward to reading how the restoration goes!

http://bitsandpieces-sonja.blogspot.com/ said...

Of COURSE your word is restoration! It's the perfect choice. It's going to be an amazing year Janette!

Btw... the car is such a neat story... on and on it goes.

Looking SO forward to hearing about the restoration process... it's already begun! :)

Rebecca said...

Why does this series of events/connections surprise me? What a year this can/will be, Janette :) Hold on tight!♥

Debbie said...

Well there just couldn't be a better word...love this. God is always hard at work restoring us isn't He, to BE everything He has for us.

Love the picture of you and your silver haired man dancing btw. Such happy times. Looking forward to hearing all the Lord does with you this year, and hoping we get to see that restored car too!

Sandy said...

It is just the perfect word for you, Janette. In fact everyone! And our Father is the God of restoration. I am here always praying and watching to see what He does next in your journey...and mine.
Your blog design is just beautiful. I love it. You are so beautiful, too..inside and out!
Love you~

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Love it! You have such depth and this post proves it once again. You should write a devotional book, it would be a best seller for sure. Blessing Jeanette, your "the real deal!"

Angel said...

I love this word Janette and how it weaves so beautifully into your story. I am looking forward to reading all about the restoration that happens in this new year. Blessings!

And, by the way, your header looks great!

Sharon said...

Love the new look! You're beautiful, by the way.

And I just love the new word, and the *backstory* to it all. Restoration is a perfect word for you - and I can't wait to see how God paints some new pictures for you this year!


Christine said...

I'm buckling my seat belt and holding on. If this year is anything like your last year, I want to be ready!

What great pictures!

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