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Life Lit Up in Love

This morning I had the opportunity to watch the documentary Compelled By Love about the life of Heidi Baker and I was blown away and challenged by the passion in her life for Jesus.  Just when I think that I truly love Jesus, I realize that I do not love Him nearly enough.  His love doesn’t overflow from my heart to others nearly enough.  However, what a way to start 2014 with the focus of my heart set on passionate love for My Savior!

I know that my life will not look like Heidi’s, nor will it look like anyone else’s that I admire.  My life will look exactly like God wants Chelsea’s life to look, and I’m excited to see what He does with it.  I am excited to give Him everything.

I’m not going to lie; the idea of a world wide open and full of possibilities is scary.  People ask me what I’m going to do in a year when my contract ends with Extreme, and I don’t even know where to begin imagining.  It’s hard to wrap my mind around giving up my expectations and all I thought was going to take place and embrace the great unknown with Jesus.  I want to be available and I want to be ready.  I want to live life with eyes wide open and in great expectation of all that God will bring.  I don’t want to settle for anything less than the best He will give me.  I don’t want to be anything less than the best that I can be for Him.

I have to constantly give my fear over to God, however rational the fear might seem in the moment.  A life of faith is a life of decision, and I choose trust.

I want to shine so bright!  I want love to pour out from me like a shattering glass that simply cannot keep it in.  Whatever regrets or disappointments I carry about myself in the past year, I lay them at the feet of Christ.  It is a new beginning now.  As Bethel Live puts it, “This is what you do:  you make all things new.  You make me come alive!  It’s a new season; the old has passed away!”

Even if it takes my feelings a while to catch up, I know exactly where I stand.  I know exactly who I am.  I know exactly where I belong – in the presence of Jesus.  Lord, keep me there!  Keep me walking in everything You are!  Light up my life with Your love!

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