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Compass: To Pace With

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25 ESV)

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“I know how to accept middles, endings and new beginnings…and I will.” (paraphrased from Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie)

To me a compass is an instrument that you use to get directions. Or more accurately to confirm that I am headed in the correct direction. I have to trust the compass, and gravity and whatever magical physics are behind the device and its use. (Have you figured out yet that I haven’t had much real experience with a compass. I have a romantic attachment to the object as a metaphor for travel and journeys, etc.)

Just when I thought I knew what a compass meant, I discovered a new meaning.

I discovered that compass can be used as a verb, opening up new realms of possibility. It is related to words and phrases like: encompass, comprehend, bring about, obtain and devise. Quite a variety of meanings to chew on.

As we say good-bye to this year, and enter the new one, I wonder what the future will encompass. What will I need to comprehend to keep moving forward? What does God plan to bring about? Will I obtain new clarity? But most of all, I want to keep pace with the Spirit of God.

The Spirit of God can act like a compass in my life, reassuring me through God’s word and presence that I’m headed towards God. And I appreciate how the Spirit corrects me when I’ve wandered away. I am so thankful that I’m don’t have to be left to my own devices.

Have a Blessed New Year! And don’t forget to comment over on the Giveaway post to win a new journal and 2016 planner with a re-purposed book cover to carry them in, as well as a copy of my self-published devotions. The winner will be announced on January 2nd, along with the first RJD Link-up of the year!

And come back tomorrow for a special treat! My friend and fellow journal enthusiast, Lynn Morrissey will be sharing the art of the acronym poem, also known as an alpha poem, along with her own reflection using this art form. She will be concentrating on New Beginnings! Yay!