I'm participating in a blog link-up over at Wives of Faith where military wives can share with each other what's going on in our lives. Some of the questions will be funny, and some serious. It's another way to connect and it sounds good to me!
Pick a word to be YOUR word for 2013. What is it? Why?
This year, I choose to have courage. I am afraid of so much. I'm afraid of what people think of me, of heights, of treading into the unknown. I'm afraid of bugs and to order anything outside of vegetables or chicken at a restaurant. I'm afraid of going out at night, of being noticed as a newcomer in a sanctuary. I'm afraid of letting my kids go, of letting my husband go, of letting myself really go to a higher place when worshiping. I'm afraid of letting others in, of trusting, of letting people help me. I make a lot of my decisions based on these fears. Some are silly and imagined. Some are serious and very real. I have to face a lot of my fears head on this year. I'm up for the challenge. Especially because of this promise:
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7
This year, I am determined NOT to let fear and anxiety rule my life. It's a new year with new possibilities. I have friendships to make, hardships to face, places to explore and heights to climb. Fear and anxiety do not come from a good place. They don't come from the Lord and I know this. I don't want to be trapped. I do a lot inside my comfort zone. In my prayers this year, I have been praying: Lord, make me uncomfortable. I need to be uncomfortable so that I can change, help, and grow. I want to volunteer my time this year to more than something safe inside my church's walls. My boys are fearless! I want to have the courage that they have. I want to help my daughter find courage this year as well.
My word goes with my life verse for the year. Just a reminder of what it is:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~Joshua 1:9