Gone With the Wind

. . . for they said, “Let us seize for our own use
    these pasture lands of God!”
 O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed,
    like chaff before the wind!

Psalm 83:12-13

January is coming to a close – have you tossed the chaff to the Wind yet?

fair winds blowing

You know the stuff I mean:

Cares carried over from last year you find that you still keep

Obstacles that rise like mountains making the climb far too steep


Anxieties obsessing for future calamities

Fears for the headlines of present realities


Doubts regarding decisions that weigh heavy over your head

Concerns about your health and the latest plagues of which you’ve read


Worries that stop you in your tracks so no progress is ever made

      Stress throbbing with tension from your head to your shoulder blade

Yep! Don’t let that cute little sing-song couplet verse and dreamy-eyed graphic fool you into thinking that I’m talking fairy tales here.

Nope – it’s real. It’s nerve wracking. It’s that dog incessantly nipping at your heals and pulling on your pant legs as you attempt to move on from one place to another.

Not any cute little puppy dog, either.

biting dog

It’s a hound.

A fierce hound.

And – you need to release him into the wild. Kick him out of the door! Where the Wind of the Holy Spirit will blow him away . . .


. . . like so many nannies off Mr. Banks’ front doorstep.

The last thing God wants you dragging into February are the hounds “nannying” you to death with all their distracting noise and tormenting rhetoric that you’ve carried into the new year! You’ve had the RESOLUTION month of January to give them the boot.

You must protect your High Calling as a good steward – a good shepherd – of all the “Sheep Promises” – pregnant with possibility and purpose – that God has entrusted you with for His Glory!

stewardig ship promises

Don’t drag last year’s muck and mire into 2014. Sheep Promises can’t grow and propagate on a diet of Doubt and Discouragement.


The useless stuff that must be separated from the grain before the grain is good for healthy feed. That stuff need to get GONE!

gone with the wind

For me – January has been a long and cold month, sorting through all of the above rhymed issues. As I come to these last days of January 2014, I AM RESOLVED to embark into February 2014 having met my deadline to clean house – soul and spirit ~ mind and heart – so I can stand on the edge of God’s open field brimming with my “Sheep Promises” ripe with possibility and purpose this year! 

I shall do my part – none too easy, I can assure you . . .


EXCEPT for He Who has called me to steward His Sheep Promises . . . the Shepherd Who has gifted them to me thus. And – empowers me to steward them well . . .


In His Wind . . .

The little cares that fretted me, I lost them yesterday

Among the fields above the seas, among the winds at play;

Among the lowing of the herds, the rustling of the trees,

Among the singing of the birds, the humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what might happen – I cast them all away

Among the clover-scented grass, among the new-morn hay;

Among the husking of the corn, where drowsy poppies nod,

Where ill thoughts die and good are born, out in the fields of God.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Sharing Gone With the Wind this week with:

Judith at Wholehearted Wednesday

Jennifer Dukes Lee at Tell His Story Link-up

Jenifer at Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays

Salina at Heart Reflected

Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays

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"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Incredibly inspiring, Kathy. Really a great message, and so very timely for me. The winds have been blowing pretty hard lately, and yet, because of your thoughts here, I can now see that they were really just blowing away the chaff.


  2. Thank you for linking up with Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday. God bless.

  3. What a wonderful and encouraging post! There has been a lot of winds blowing here also and it has been hard. But God is great and so is His love. Thank you for the encouragement!
    Visiting here from Faith Filled Friday.

  4. You just managed to outdo my previous favorite post of yours ever (which had replaced the previous one… which had replaced the previous one…). I loved this so much and needed to read it this morning. I, too, have been trying to clean house and toss such things to the wind. I love the piece by EBB. I love her anyway so it’s a natural fit for me.

  5. Such a wonderful post and great inspirations, I kicked that dog off my heels about 13 years ago and have never seen it since, every now and then he wanders around me but there is a protectie fence between us. Thank you,

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