Happy 2015 sweet friends! It has been a while since posted for a couple of reasons including the holidays just being an extra busy time, dealing with some personal things that needed to just be kept private, spending extra time on work projects, and just needing some time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to hopes and dreams for this year.
I don’t know how you’re feeling about the new year but personally I’m feeling simultaneously excited and freaking out. Here’s why. . . so in the past I have participated in selecting a word for the year instead of doing resolutions and have found it to be very effective. I’ve had rest and grace as words but this year my word is one that I’ve been pondering for some time now and it scares the heck out of me. Plus, I’m also adding sort of a “theme” for the year in addition to my word.
The word I believe chose me is testimony. I know. . . kind of intense right?
Well here’s the thing, last year I noticed the word come up quite a bit and it made me take pause on several occasions. Then I started doing a brief study on the book of Revelation (I know, I know, it can be kind of intense but seriously people, read it sometime) and I spent some time sitting with this:
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11
Basically God wins! Yay! And we kick the enemy’s behind through 1) Jesus (the blood of the Lamb) and 2) the word of their/our testimony (through both The Word /God’s testimony and our own.)
There is so much there. I won’t get too deep right now (though expect that I will definitely revisit this) except to say that sitting with this verse hit me right in the gut. Our testimony, our story of God’s faithfulness, it has power.
And while I came reluctantly to blogging because I was hesitant to share my own testimony I feel called out now and am planning on sharing more of my whole story both in this space and offline in other areas of my life.
Another thing that really made this hit home is that someone very close to me was really hurt by the testimony of others. The words they uttered against my loved one had severe consequences. Words have power and can be used to speak truth, to encourage and give life or to deceive, manipulate, hurt & destroy when spoken against someone. What are we testifying to?
I want to bear witness to God’s goodness and love. His faithfulness and mercy. All of which are evident in my life, but I have not been intentional about sharing at a deeper level. I’ve played it safe in many ways. This year expect to hear more about my story.
Also, I have a theme this year. After the 31 Day Life Reset challenge last October I spent some time thinking about my desire to live with better alignment between my values & priorities and my actions. The missing link I realized is discipline. I think this a problem with our immediate gratification culture in general but definitely is in my life. I can be very much about what’s convenient for me. If I’m hungry, I eat something fast (usually not super healthy), if I’m bored I can go on the internet or watch movies, if I “need” something I order it on amazon (Prime), if I’m not careful I only have time for prayer and The Word “when I have time” because “I’m so busy”. . .
Not how I want to be living. So my theme this year is “discipline”.
Some of the areas I need to focus on being more disciplined in are: My time, food choices, exercise & health, homeschooling, work, writing & creativity, bible study & prayer. These are all areas of my life that are important to me so I want to put in the time and work needed to develop habits that will lead to more consistency on my part and ultimately benefit myself & my loved ones. I will be sharing about my journey towards a more disciplined life here in the hopes that you might find encouragement as well.
OK I’m a little nervous but mostly excited about this year! How about you friends? Are you picking a word, resolution, theme? Feeling excited about 2015? Would love to hear from you.
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