"Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve." I have this quote as my phone screensaver Sometimes I need those reminders, too. OK, let's be honest. I need those reminders A LOT. Even hourly. And this has just been one of those weeks. To the point that I felt called to share a little bit of my testimony in Tuesday night's bible study. Gosh, how I value community! Anyway, as I've been working on renovating my house, quite a bit of emotions have risen to the surface. It's like when the conditions of our environment, our surroundings, matches our insides, the stars are aligned and a door is unlocked. Sometimes it necessitates tears. Sometimes laughter. Sometimes anger. Ultimately, though, it's as if flood gates are opened making a way for healing. I'm talking about the junk still hiding in the corners and crevices of our souls. That 'stuff' we didn't even know existed until brought into the light. I think this week was especially emotional for me - the whole spectrum - because I'm in a place in my life where I'm tying a bow around the old and ready to march into the future. And, still, that old garbage tries to threaten new beginnings. Like the enemy tap-tap-tapping on my shoulder. So, in this moment, I am choosing to acknowledge my truth, to let go confidently and completely, and to step into what's next. Although, even with the excitement that comes with possibility and newness, it's best to be intentional. To be wise with the blessings bestowed upon us. Not to squander them but to cherish them and to do so patiently. And, man, is THAT a tough thing to do! I'm so ready to run! But God is saying to me, "Take care, my child. I am about to answer your prayers. And then some! But proceed carefully. Learn from past mistakes. And simply enjoy being. I've got you. I've always got you. Trust me." Although I know I cannot retrace steps on the roadway I've traveled, here's to looking forward and not in the rearview mirror.