Instead of making resolutions for the new year (because who actually does those?), I'm following my lovely, inspiring friend, Krystle's, lead by choosing one word to encompass my 2014 that will grow and challenge me in both daily life and the seasonal adventures this year will hold. Every word Krystle has chosen the last couple years are words I would so very much associate with her, and I'm believing that in doing this God will grow me in the same way.
For 2014, my word is PEACE.
With peace, one can endure every battle with persistence, that way one can "let steadfastness have it's full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking no good thing." After an unstable 2013 where I could not honestly sing "Christ is enough for me," where I had no strength to find beauty and truth around me, where I lost my confidence and depth in darkness, 2014 will be my year of full effect of the following things He has started in me:
» To be able to stand in the middle of the storm, the ocean's spray on my cheeks, wild wind tangling my hair, the waves swelling under my feet, and be completely okay.
» To trust, truly trust God with the outcome, because no one has loved me greater and He handles battles WAY better than I do, so I can be still while He fights. (Exodus 14:14, "The Lord will fight for you, and you need only to be silent.")
» To let my gentleness be evident to all, and of a sound calm mind, because the Lord is near so everything will be fine.
» To know that trials are joyous and hard does not equal bad.
» To be slow to speak and slow to anger.
» To take every thought captive.
» To be able to see that every single person is GOOD, some of them may just be wounded more than others; but they all just need love.
These are where I need to grow and PEACE is the key. Jesus is, His Peace is, the key to unlock another part of the woman I am, the woman who I know so well inside and yet is an exciting mystery with every new piece that surfaces. She sets me free from the fearful, worried girl that darkness loves to consume; and lets me be the victorious light-warrior who loves dancing with Jesus to sweet love songs and believing and hoping in God's promises no matter what.
Scripture for PEACE:
Psalm 34 "I sought the Lord and He answered me, He delivered me from all my fears...Those who look to HIm are radiant, and their faces shall never be put to shame...Those who seek the Lord will lack no good thing...Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it..."
Romans 8:6 "The mind of a sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace."
Hebrew 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant a the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvets of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert."
Isaiah 26:3 "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is an everlasting rock."
Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Proverbs 29:25 "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe."
Psalm 16:8 "I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
I picked my word for 2014. What's yours? Comment below what it might be!