My friend Lindsey from “A New Life” posted this as her Facebook status today and it halted me for a moment.

“If you depend on other people approving or supporting everything you say or do, you will end up doing and saying nothing.”- Pete Wilson

And it made me think of…

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10

And I then had to wonder…

Are you erecting a billboard in my front yard? 

Sometimes discernment is a mystery and I’m not entirely sure where He wants me to go so I take a leap.

And other times, it’s so clear it’s almost chilling and I forge ahead in certainty despite the calamity it may bring.

Obedience.

My word for the year.

Be on-guard when you feel led to go there because there are “friends” that come with that one, simple word.

Pride.

Humility.

Self-Control.

The lessons surrounding obedience, pride, humility, and self-control are not a good time.

And yet.

Like when I get my eyebrows waxed and peel-off a new layer, the skin is so very sensitive.  It’s irritated and red for a day or two.  Angry.  Upset.

I stripped away what was the norm when really all along it was a layer of wayward hairs and dead skin.

But I didn’t even know it was there.

So if you do indeed find yourself led to the word “obedience” for the year, know that it will also entail a peeling away of a new layer, a waxing that quickly removes the junk you didn’t even know was there in the first place.

And it stings and it’s red but eventually, it looks groomed and stunning.

Ashes to beauty.

Joining in for the first time with my sweet friend Michelle at Some Girl’s Website for “Thought-Provoking Thursday”