As we approach the first few weeks of 2015, I’m still thinking back to 2014. Accessing what went well, what went wrong, the set backs and celebrations. I’m looking forward to 2015, and remembering all that God did the 365 days of 2014. Our word/theme for 2014 was “living alive“. I wrote in a blog post last January,
“I want to live alive this year. I want to be completely and utterly exhausted at the end of the year. Not in a way that I didin’t take care of myself, or didn’t make time for rest: because I want that too. What I mean is I want to LIVE ALIVE. I want to take risks, I want to go “all in”, I want to DO things even when I’m tired and would rather lay on the couch and watch TV. I want to take the chance. I want to dream my big dreams out loud and think deep thoughts. I want to go to the places that make me feel ALIVE, and FREE and allow me to think and dream. I want to live brave. 2014 is not the year for excuses, but for living alive.
For me, living alive also means being who I really am, and being confident in my identiy as a daughter of christ. I don’t want to be who or what the world says but what Christ says: I want to live unapologetically to who HE made me to be.
I want to be able to look back at the end of 2014, and see a life that was truly LIVED.”
I can say, y’all. we totally lived alive last year. It was the year to throw out the planner, and do things ON THE FLY! We had the time of our lives in 2014. Two trips to Africa for me, one for my man, a last minute 17 day road trip, two last minute disney trips…and we had to finish the year with a last minute trip to the mountains. I lived brave and bold in 2014, dreaming dreams that came to fruition and doing it afraid most of the time. Not to mention the everyday #livingalive2014 moments [that we documented on instagram with that hashtag]. It’s amazing looking back at 2014 and seeing this word of ours come to life.
Moving into 2015 I’ve been praying a lot about what the word/theme will be and God keeps revealing to me the word RECEIVE. It seems like a selfish or odd word, but what I hear him saying is receive all I have for you. Receive mercy, receive grace, receive my love. I think so for so long I’ve believed God was ABLE to do crazy things like heal my body, but I haven’t believed truly in my heart He would do it for ME. Cue all the lies: I’m not good enough, he doesn’t love me that much, I haven’t earned it, and the list goes on…. I’m still unpacking this, and will be writing more about it on the Carry Camp blog later this month – but for now I’ll just document this saying I believe this year is the year to RECEIVE all God has for me [and my people]. Because He loves me [us!].
I love my instagram community, if y’all aren’t on IG what are you waiting for? and if you are, come say hi! @wynneelder we’ve been sharing our words for the year this weekend and it makes me so happy to connect with y’all!
what’s your WORD or theme for the year? do share!