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Friday, January 4, 2013

My Word!!

Happy New Year friends!!  I really can't believe that the holidays are behind us and we are moving forward!!  There's a lot of talk out there about choosing a word, or rather having a word choose you that would define your year, your resolve, your approach for the days ahead.  As usual, I'm a few days behind the eight ball on this but it's alright!  I've been busy working my word out and it's only January 4th!!

My word or phrase for last year was "Just Breathe", although I don't remember picking it.   Things that we thought held security were revealed to be empty.  We learned that the only security we ever had was in Jesus Christ, something we knew, but didn't live out.   As a result of my hubbs losing his job, I had to learn to breathe again.

God has continued to provide for our needs and we praise Him daily for His faithfulness!! We don't know what tomorrow holds, we only know that He holds the future and that's enough for us!!

The journey continues.  As God continues to peel back the layers of our hearts and lives, I've settled on a new word for this upcoming year.  I'm tired of being buried under complications.  And so, I give you my word for 2013:

 
 
Why do we tend to complicate things, from our homes, to our minds, even our relationships with others and with Jesus.   Here are a few verses that came to mind as I pondered how "Simple" relates to the Word.

 
But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."  Luke 18:6
 
How does the kingdom of God belong to children?  Well, because they are uncomplicated and simple.  Their faith is genuine and they trust with their whole hearts.  They often don't even question, they just take what you give them and run with it.  God wants us to do the same.  To trust Him so much that we don't question.  With our mouths we claim His promises and doubt them at the same time.  I want to fully trust Him, no matter what I see.  I know that He is good and that must apply to all that I see!
 
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."  Hebrews 12:1
 
I don't know about you, but I tend to find myself stuck behind a lot of things that hinder me from being and doing what God wants of me.  Over the past I've been stuck behind a false view of myself, financial debt, physical clutter, mental clutter or even wrong views and ideas of who God is.  God has been decluttering my mind for a while now and I've started tackling the physical clutter of my home.  I tend to accumulate way more than I ever need or really want.  I believe that "things" will somehow satisfy me.
 
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."  Philippians 3:12
 
I'm finally to the point of removing the boundaries and pushing forward.  I have been rummaging through my home to find things that I don't want, need, or use.  I have a room full of things that need to find a new address.  I want to walk through my home and feel the open spaces.  Knowing that when I make space available, God will fill it.  That's all that I want and need. 
 
I'm physically exhausted, we have a nice size home and a.lot.of.stuff!  But I am determined to not let anything hold me back from moving forward!!  I am really excited to have this focus for my year!!  I'm super excited to see what God does with the space that I make available to Him!!  I have no doubt that it will be utterly amazing!!
 
If you've never thought about having a word for your year, I want to encourage you to find some space and quietness and ask God how He'd like to define your year!  There are tons of ideas out there, visit the blog world and see what others are doing.  Through them, God will inspire you to find a word for yourself!!  Here are a few places that I would reccommend starting!
 
 
Well here's to 2013!!!  A year full of amazing possibilities as we allow God to continue writing our story!!  Have a blessed weekend friends!!!
 
Lorraine




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