Last year I picked one word to encompass my growth in 2014 (instead of doing new year's resolutions; because, who actually does those?). My word was peace. And, I kid you not, the year was the best year I have ever lived. All that I desired to learn from this word God wove into me, not perfectly as I am not perfect, but it was an experience of Heaven truly touching earth.
2014 I will always remember as a year of God fulfilling His promises to me. There were big, life-changing promises fulfilled. There were small promises fulfilled, ones I desired but probably could have lived without; but in His grace and love He fulfilled anyway. There were promises He fulfilled that I didn't even know He was promising me until after they were fulfilled! I could make a list so long, and I will, privately, to keep record of God's goodness and upmost care for the happiness of our hearts. The year was flawed at times, by my own doing, but it was perfect as He stilled me over and over again — to a point where I now know, in every situation, every storm, I can stand upon the waves with the spray and wind whipping my face — and be peace.
For 2015, my word is FIGHT.
2015 is full of blessings awaiting their time to be released. I can feel it, much like I did this time last year -- anticipation strengthening the beating of my heart like a drum. But those blessings cannot be caught without lifting our hands to receive them -- even when our arms are tired, even the muscles are burning and we need others to come along side us, even when it is a fight to keep them lifted. Because as long as we fight to raise our hands to Him, we prevail. Every time. Which is why the theme of my 2015 will be to fight.
» To fight through every distraction of this distraction-rigged-world to be close to Jesus, where I belong. There is nothing more important than being with Him. Even if that means sitting with my coffee, a pop-tart, and my Bible in the morning's stillness while my eyes still try to glaze over from sleepiness, my body somehow thinking sleeping an extra hour is what's going to make my day better. In that moment, I'm fighting to be who God created me to be.
» To fight for His Kingdom and those He loves -- through giving grace and being present and more grace. Because I do not admire every single person who has spoken to me about Jesus, but those who have extended to me grace have been my favorite every time, no matter what they believe.
» To fight for my loved ones, for my sacred, God-woven relationships, and for my peace.
» To fight to see beauty in every place. Because where there is darkness, there is always more light. Where there is pain, there is always more hope. And where there is death and hatred, there is always always more life and love. But one must fight to see it.
I couldn’t have this resolve without having first learned peace in 2014. And now Jesus has readied me.
Let us not grow weary in 2015, my truly beautiful, beautiful friends. xx
Scripture for the FIGHT:
1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Galatians 6:9 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
2 Chronicles 20:17 "You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.”
Exodus 17:11 "Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed."
Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of evil."
Joshua 23:10 "One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you."
James 1:2-4 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."