(I included "snippets" from previous posts at the bottom from previous "words")
So I was thinking. My word for 2013 is HOPE.
I want to speak hope into people's lives. I want to remember HOPE when times are hard. This past year I gave birth to my sweet Apple and what a daily symbol and reminder of hope she is in my life.
God redeemed my heartache.
Sometimes I wonder if we as humans encounter heartache, loss and sadness not only because this is a fallen and sinful world. An imperfect world. But also so that we can truly appreciate the joys as well. On a new level of appreciation. A new level of thanks.
To balance out human perspective.
This isn't heaven so we can't understand the whole picture.
We must have hope to come out on the other side of tasting incredible sadness.
I have no idea what 2013 will hold for me. I don't know if I will encounter loss or heartache. But I know that I am going to choose to believe in hope. and in God's promises no matter what comes my way.
Every time I snuggle Apple, every time she belly laughs, every time I pull her close to me in the quiet of the night... I am reminded of hope and the gift that she is.
I want to matter. and not in the "I am awesome and matter so much kind of way",
I want my life to mean something. God has me here for a purpose and I am constantly seeking out what that is and what that looks like. I want my life to matter. I want to give hope.
I want my Apple to be a simple, sweet reminder to me.
What is your word for 2013?
My 2011 word was peace.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9
My all time favorite book, "A Beautiful Offering" has a chapter on peace...
"When you decide to live out what you believe. When you decide you want peace in your possession, then you will find out what that looks like & feels like. You begin to pray for God to give you peace. You incorporate peace in your relationships. You decide to respond differently. You speak in love. Act in tenderness. You imitate what you know about peace until it becomes a reality for your character & your life."
It is so convicting. Dying to your desire. Dying to your flesh.
"He restores what has been broken & heals what has been wounded. I don't have peace because I figured it all out. I have peace because I believe in Christ."
I love the idea of imitating what I want to be until one day it just becomes who I truly am. I desire for God to give me peace that passes all understanding. I want a God-given peace that comes from Him living within me. I want to respond differently.
Every morning of 2011, I desire to wake up & pray for peace. And hopefully along the way my imitation will become a reality.
I want a lovely, peaceful offering to all that know me.
My 2012 word was "change". Here is a piece from that post:
"I have roots that run deep.
The old me that I am constantly fighting... insecure, unforgiving, entitled....it's time to uproot and CHANGE.
So this year I will keep the word peace as a daily mission and add the word change.
Because it's time.