January 2, 2015
by Angie Brown
Wow! I still can’t believe it’s a new year already! Happy New Years! I have been reflecting back on my 2014 year and I am just in awe of how my year really lined up with my One Word I focused on. I had chosen Brave last year and we had so many changes that definitely took some bravery.
These are just a few moments in 2014 I had to pray, practice faith, and be brave.
I went back to work after being a stay at home mom for eight years and working mothers day out with my kids.
My kids started the school year at a new school where I am working.
With taking a new job I had to leave my mom’s bible study group since it was weekday mornings.
We left our church home to attend a new church.
I prayed for lots of contentment.
I had major surgery in the summer which required a lot of help. We made it through it and I am feeling great.
another year of healing and hope through grief.
I am so grateful for all that God has blessed our family with last year. He challenged me in so many ways that at the time I really didn’t think I could do it. Looking back I am so proud of overcoming the challenges I faced. Even behind all of the accomplishments there are struggles that we all face and we should all be proud of ourselves. We didn’t give up and we keep praying and giving our all.
I am thankful for GOD always pushing me, being patient with me, loving me, and never leaving my side. Especially when I felt there was no one there. He has place me in a season of quietness through all the changes that came about. It’s funny looking back how my word was BRAVE. One thing I am absolutely terrified of is public speaking and God has even given me the courage a time or two to speak. Lots of Bravery. Looking at how my year ended and how this year is starting though he has placed lots of stillness and being quiet.
One area of my life and faith that I struggle is letting go of control. I always feel like if I have control I have security. But if I am honest there is no security. It brings anxiety, stress, and I lose focus on God. I am slowly learning that when I let go of being in control I can see my surroundings more from his eyes than my own. Letting God be in control frees me of the stress of what if’s and I can enjoy the moments more. Although I can’t control all the things that come my way each day God reminds me of the things I can control.
a choice to love
If you set New Year’s resolutions or goals I hope you reflect back on how far you have come since last year. How much you have overcome and everything you can set you heart too.
I have been thinking of what word I will reflect on in 2015 and the first word that came to my mind was Fierce. I want to love fiercely. I want to be fierce with my intentions. I want to be fierce in giving. I want to be fierce in being quiet and still. But God keeps whispering be quiet.
Pressing forward in 2015 with being quiet.