It has been forever since I blogged it seems. I'm starting fresh this year with an introduction to my Word of the Year. I have done this for at least the past 5 years. I got the idea from Ali Edwards. It has really been a way for me to focus on the things I want to focus on each year. I also choose a Scripture verse to go along with my word. I have loved this part because I have learned more verses and they have really stayed with me even after those years have gone.
2014 was a year of changes for our family. I had been a stay at home mom until 2014. I wasn't seeking to work, but accepted a job as the Children's Director at Bethlehem Baptist Church. And I have not handled going back to work as smoothly and as seamlessly as I had hoped. It has been a big change for me. I love being at home. I always joke that I could be a hermit because I love being at home so much. Our home isn't a mansion, has things that need to be fixed and changed just like anyone else's home, but it's home. I have felt very often this year that I am bobbing along in the ocean just trying to keep my head above the water. I have just been surviving this time. My word for 2014 was "Abide" and it did help me keep my focus on the One who keeps me in perfect peace if I keep my focus on Him.
This year I have chosen my Word of the Year to be "Thrive". I don't want to just survive, I want to thrive. I have loved the Casting Crowns song, "Thrive". There is a line in the song that says, "Its time for us to more than just survive." That's how I feel. I have chosen the verses Colossians 1:10-12 for the year. They are:
"10. So that you may live a life worthy of The Lord and please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11. being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12. and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light."
These verses really speak to what I want in my life this year. I'll be focusing on them and praying that they are evident in me even in times when I feel like I want to do more than just survive!