What Word will Define Your Year?

 
Last year, I started a yearly tradition for myself. I chose a word for my year. A word that would define and drive my goals and dreams. That word was: Brave. I needed lots of courage to do the things God was asking me to do and by naming my year, I felt pressure (the good kind) to live up to the word.

Up until the very last week of 2015, I was challenged to live up to the word brave. I was amazed at the things God did through me and for me, because of the expectation I set for my year. Naming my year also helped me bring down negative thoughts that crept up and it was a reminder that my year was defined by a positive affirmation and not a negative one. 

 

Well this year, I named my year Discipline and Overcome. Discipline in my eating habits. Discipline in my writing habits. Discipline in my work habits. Discipline with time management. Oh, and the list goes on and on. Overcome was a word gifted to me by one of my dearest friends. And it’s the word that will help me defeat the obstacles that I will face in 2016 while striving to be more disciplined.

I would love to hear from you on what word you have chosen to define your 2016. What word will drive your goals, dreams, and endeavors in 2016? Will you allow that word to be a positive reinforcement when negativity tries to creep into your thoughts? Do you believe that God will give you the power and strength to live up to your word? I believe He can and He will!

To help keep your word at the top of your mind, I would like to gift you with a free print with the word you chose for 2016. So, comment below with your word, to enter to win a print!

The winner will be announced Tuesday, January 26. Contest ends tomorrow, January 22 at 11:59 pm. Print will be handwritten, digitized, and will look similar to the artwork at the top of this post (frame not included).

Good luck!

My Declaration

MyDeclaration
I am accepted
Even when I feel left out, even when I’m excluded, even when I feel rejected, I am accepted because God has already accepted and redeemed me. I belong to Him and I belong in His Kingdom.

I am loved
Even when I feel unwanted, even when I feel alone, I am loved with a crazy and unconditional love by God Himself. His love for me is deeper and wider than any love I desire here on earth.

I am forgiven
Even when I’m reminded of the past, even when the enemy tries to bring up my mistakes, I am forgiven by God and when He forgives, He also forgets.

I am enough
Even when I feel less than, even when I feel intimidated, even when I feel like I’m not skinny enough, even when I don’t feel pretty, God broke the mold when He made me. I am made in His image and He says I am wonderfully and fearfully made.

I will sleep in peace
Even when my anxious thoughts start to race, even when I’m afraid, even when I’ve had nightmares, even when I’m worried of tomorrow, My Lord gives me rest and His peace that surpasses all understanding will fill me with comfort.

I am not afraid
Even when I try to shrink down, even when I’m tempted to back down, even when I’m tempted to say no to an opportunity, even when I feel like I can’t take on a new endeavor, even when I feel my dreams are too crazy to believe, God has not given me a spirit of fear. He calls me to be bold and to be a light in the darkness. He calls me to speak of Him and spread His good news to the world.

My dreams will come to pass
Even when it seems like I failed, even when I don’t see any progress, even when people say negative things, even when it seems out of reach, The Lord says He gives me the desires of my heart. God says he made me with a purpose and has called me to do what only I can do.

What are you clinging to and declaring over your life?