Dang, as hard as it is for me to believe that we are already two weeks into the new year, I am reminded each time I check my calendar that it is, in fact, 2015. For the last few years, I have made it a priority to sit down at the end of a year to reflect on all that it entailed, to review the goals I had set, and to pray. Specifically, my discipline is to give thanks for all that happened - all of the opportunities that God brought my way, including the closed doors - and to pray over the next year. It has become a bit of a tradition for God to speak a word over the coming 365 days to act as a guide for me, a word which typically encompasses the spirit of that year. Some past words have been authenticity, simplicity, unashamed, and pursuit. All beautiful and challenging in their own ways; all caused me to die more to myself and live more for Jesus. I guess that's kind of the point, right?
2014 was the year of pursuit, and y'all, it was a good one. I sought the Lord harder than ever before, stepped out of many of my comfort zones, became more confident in who He made me to be, and began setting some real roots down in Nashville, and toward the end, the Holy Spirit invaded my life like never before, breathing fresh wind all around me and igniting a passion deep in my bones. It seems like it's going to be a little hard to top all of that.
Nevertheless, as I found myself reflecting and praying over 2015, I had a clear vision that this is going to be the year of adventure. Sounds exciting, right? It undoubtedly will be, but I am also believing that it is going to provide a lot of personal challenges and breaking down of walls. I mean, just look at the definition(s) of the word adventure:
(n.) - an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks; an exciting or remarkable experience
(v.) - to engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory
Danger. Risk. Hazardous. Exciting. Remarkable. Unknown territory. That definitely sounds like a challenge to me, and those who know me well know that I rarely back down from a challenge. Ha.
I am expectantly believing that it will be a year full of encountering new places and more of His presence, being challenged in what I have grown comfortable knowing/believing, growing more and more confident in my identity in Him and how He has made me, and diving even deeper in my intimacy with Him as we live out this adventure together.
Oh yes, it is definitely going to be a year for the books.