New Year, New Focus

I’m sure there are so many feelings floating around about this new year we’ve entered. Not just because it marks the beginning of something new, but it is also a milestone we’ve reached in a way; a new decade.

Lists of goals and things to reach for. Ways to change our lives for the better. Things to learn, books to read, miles to run, careers to thrive in. All these wonderful accomplishments are the things that pull us into a better version of who we are today.

Last year I gave myself, not only a list of goals I wanted to accomplish but also a word. A word that I wanted to give the year ahead to set the stage for the blessing and vision that would come. The word I fell on for 2019 was COURAGE. It was perfect because, for me, there were so many fears that were holding me back from the places the Lord wanted me to step into. Fears I wasn’t even aware of at the time. Fears from big things like death to smaller fears like speaking up for myself.

My word was a great reminder throughout the year to know where I wanted to go even if I strayed away from my list just a little.

I can honestly say that in 2019 there were a lot of firsts for me. Things I would have never pictured myself being a part of. Things I had to talk myself into doing because I was naturally too scared to attempt it on my own accord. Things I tried that failed, and things I tried that most definitely taught me a lot.

There are so many things that I still want to strive for conquering. Things that I don’t even know I’m going to be a part of this new year, and I’m so excited about it all. I have a bad habit of trying to take over control of the things that scare me so that I can have a better “handle” on the outcome. That doesn’t always work in my favor. Which is what leads me to 2020s word…

Surrendering leads to victory
Surrender your plans for the greatness God has planned for you

SURRENDER

I know this might sound a little weird to some of you because for all these big plans and new decade feels, we wanna think a BIG word, a powerful word, a transformative word, and I get it. Surrender? Surrender was so 2018. I honestly battled between surrender and conqueror; now THAT’S a word, right?

I thought to myself, I’m going to conquer this new decade, I’m going to conquer my career, I’m going to conquer my to-do list every. single. day.
Sounds pretty legit, right?

I couldn’t help but feel a tugging in my spirit about my word though. There was something that wasn’t sitting peacefully within me about the word conqueror. It’s a great word, but I felt the Lord speak into my spirit for another. Surrender.

He told me that while conquering is something I WILL do, it is only in surrendering it all to Him that we truly conquer anything at all. I know right? *insert mind-blown emoji here*

He told me to surrender my plans to His plan.
Surrender my parenting to His wisdom.
Surrender my finances to His provision.
Surrender my career to His words.
Surrender my expectations to His goodness.
Surrender my time to His eternal.

I know for everyone your word will be different. We are all walking out our own stories. We are living out our own individual purposes in Christ. His plans for each of us is completely original to our own experiences, talents, and willingness to obey His guidance.
So for me, it’s surrender. And I am so in love with this word. I feel such a peace about this word.

So this year I surrender. I have goals, plans, lists galore, sure. But they all yield to whatever the Lord has in store for me and my family.

I will walk boldly in faith. Work hard on the tasks at hand. Study the Word and spend time with the Lord. I will try all I can do and I will trust the Lord with the rest. And when I begin to notice myself holding on too tightly to a problem, a conversation, a decision, I will surrender it all in that moment and trust that Gods got me.
I hope this encourages you in your view of this beautiful new decade we’re walking into.
Do you pick a word yearly? What’s yours? How do you go about finding your new year word?

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