Pic for the Year (#Pic4year) 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote about asking God to give you a picture for the year. I’ve been praying about this as well, seeking God for pictures. Wondering what He would show me. Curious to see how He’d visually communicate with me.

Here’s how I explained the quest earlier:

And here is the picture God gave me:

Why? I think it has something to do with the word “abundance” that keeps being whispered and prayed over me the past two years. It started with Cape Town 2010 where a new friend shared that word with me. And it continued all last year through various people (folks I knew, folks I didn’t know). The old has passed away. The new has come.

I’ve transitioned in the past year from “turning trials to triumph” to “live uncaged.” From looking back so much (too much?) to joyfully anticipating the future. From stagnating to genuine growth. From winter to spring.

Lilacs are my favorite flowers of all time because they are fragrant beyond measure, and they need a harder winter to flourish. (I can’t grow them in Texas, for example). So when we went to Colorado this summer, I felt like God hugged me when I found this lilac bush. It’s a reminder of the past, but a beautiful one. A remembrance of winter, but more like a fading memory, like the pain of childbirth after seeing the face of your baby.

Isaiah wrote, “Do not call to mind the former things or ponder things of the past. Behold I will do something new. Will you not be aware of it? I will even make rivers in the desert, roadways in the wilderness.” (43:18-19). 2012 is a year for new. For flourishing. For abundance. Despite outward circumstances which inevitably fluctuate, abundance will thrive deep inside me (Lord willing).

So what is your picture for the year? What about your friend’s? I’m starting a link party below for the next several weeks. Here’s what to do:

  1. Prayerfully ask God to give you a picture.
  2. Post about that picture and link to this blog post: https://www.marydemuth.com/2011/12/picfortheyear/
  3. Jump over here and enter your picture, a short explanation, and your blog URL here.
  4. Then spread the word (if you want to). If you want to tweet about it use the hashtag #pic4year

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