Wow, we’re 2 days into 2019. Someone tell me where 2018 went?? I’m already feeling like I can’t keep up- I can’t decide on a word for the year…maybe a handful will do?? Maybe I should just choose the word “simple” and that would solve all my problems- ha!
While I don’t feel my mental calendar has flipped the page to 2019, it’s here and with each new year, for me, comes the desire to change up a few things in my life. It’s a time to reflect on the previous year and set some goals or “resolutions” to be better in the following year. You do it too, right??
Over the years, I’ve set many of these so-called resolutions, but I find, so often, they don’t stick.
Anyone else know what I’m talking about?
I can remember starting a read-the Bible-in-a-year devotional (more than once!)…I made it to about maybe mid January. I know I started several new workout regimes only to fall off the wagon soon after I got on. Why is this?? Is it because we are relying upon our own strength and will to set and accomplish these new goals?? Are we setting ourselves up for failure by expecting too much?
What would happen if we prayerfully considered and established goals, words or verses for ourselves and relied we on the power of the Holy Spirit to see things through? What would happen if we resided to rest in Him and the grace He offers when we forget or don’t follow through on those new year commitments?? What if we took the pressure off of ourselves to perform and humbly allowed Him to move and work in our hearts and lives?
“Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit,” says the Lord. Zechariah 4:6
Last year my word of the year was courage- and while I ignored it on some days, there is a vast difference in my courage level from one year ago. HUGE, actually. And it’s because of Him. I’ve struggled with fear most of my life. I still do at times and probably forever will, but who knows, with God all things are possible, right!? So, for me, courage was the perfect word last year. And please know I have in no way reached a pinnacle of “courage” perfection- ha! As I reread my “courage list” I see many areas I still need him to move mightily in!
This was the cheesy picture I sent my friends as we all shared our words of the year. And below are the words I wrote as I began 2018, the places I needed God to help make me brave.
Courage: the ability to do something that frightens one; strength in the face of pain or grief; bravery, valor, FEARLESSNESS, audacity, boldness.
The courage to trust the Lord.
The courage to let go.
The courage to be authentic.
The courage to be bold in faith.
The courage to surrender.
The courage to be different.
The courage to go against the flow.
The courage not to yell.
The courage to speak the truth with love.
The courage to love freely, openly and with no regrets.
The courage to write.
The courage to speak and speak up.
The courage to give to others.
The courage for missions when it’s scary.
The courage to only seek Gods approval.
The courage to be consistent disciplining my children.
The courage to say yes.
The courage to say no.
The courage to take the risk even though I’m afraid.
The courage to let others in.
Their courage to ask for help.
The courage to be kind.
The courage to be humble.
The courage to surrender.
The courage to do His will.
The courage to say the hard things
The courage to think before I speak.
The courage to forget.
The courage to remember.
The courage to cry.
The courage not to cry.
Funny–is it just me or is the word “courage” starting to look misspelled? It’s interesting how looking at a word so long can do that. Even if we say it too much it might start sounding strange. Which was probably good that everyday I didn’t just wake up and say, “COURAGE!” or continuously repeat the word to myself– it was there when I needed it and an unspoken between the Lord and me. I didn’t rely on the word “courage” to help me but somehow rested in Him and His unfolding of new courage in areas I’ve longed to be more brave in. It’s been like a river He has taken me through, guiding me with the current, developing courage subtly and slowly, without me really even realizing it until now as I reflect upon Him moving and working in my life in the last 365 days.
Maybe before 2020 I’ll have the courage to pick just one of the many words on my heart for 2019 and get back to my initial point of this post!
Not by might now by power but by HIS SPIRIT.
His Spirit will help us in ways we don’t even see or know.
Whatever word, verse, motto we choose this year, may we give it to Him and take note of how He moves and changes us and shows Himself to us. And if you’d like to share, I’d love to know your goals, resolutions, etc…
Happy New Year friends, love y’all!
Thank You, Sweet Jesus for working in ways we can’t even see. Thank you for being so good and faithful even when we are not. I pray today that we feel your love and grace and rest in the plans You have to carry us, mold us and make us new. I pray we press into this new year and forget the things behind. I pray we are steadfast in seeking You and that we wake each day with purpose in our hearts- Your purpose for us. Daily may we give ourselves to You. By humbling ourselves, listening to the Spirit’s leading, and letting You guide us as we determine our goals, word, motto, and/or verses of the year, help us purposefully put them into action each day. May we go into this year with Your grace in our arms knowing that even if we slip, mess up or fail all together, nothing will change Your love for us. In Your saving Name I pray, AMEN.