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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)

“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!

2 responses to “Compass: To Pace With”

  1. Neat post, Kel, and I love the collage! It looks three-dimensional. How large is it. I’ve been using sailboats lately, too, asking the Holy Spirit to fill my sails w/ the His breath…the only power with which I want to operate. And yes, compass is a verb. It’s used a number of times that way in the Bible, and I thought you would appreciate these verses:
    Psalms 32:7
    Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
    Psalms 32:10
    Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
    May God compass you about this year with His safety and deliverance, and may He hide you under the shelter of His wings!
    Oh how fun to read about my little alpha poem. And that can also be a segue later on for my longer one. 🙂
    Love you so much!

    1. Lynni…thanks for the scriptures …I remember those phrases but couldn’t find them…the collage is one page in my 7×10 journal…I liked the paradox of how the sailboat was going the opposite way of forward at least on a page that westerners read left to right 🙂

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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