Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 in a word...

Well, 2014 has come and gone.

That makes me very happy for two very different reasons.  

One because, well, on the outside it wasn't a stellar year for us.  It was a very hard year and I am glad to see it go.  And two, because on the inside it was an amazing year where God used my circumstances to mold and shape me into more of what He wants me to be.  Where He proved to my heart that He is my Jehovah Jireh...my provider....and I can't wait to see what He has for me in 2015.

I have been working on a post about our Christmas, but I just can't seem to find the words to describe how special it was.  It did not turn out at all like I had planned, it was crazy and sometimes hard...
..and yet it was so....perfect. 

Maybe it's just something I need to keep in my heart to ponder and remember.

So, on to 2015.

I am not one to make resolutions and last year I joined others in my on-line community and started looking for one word that God wanted me to think on through out the year. 

This year, the word I'm choosing is TRUST.

I have never in my life been in a situation where I have had to trust God like I am now.  A complete trust. Everything that I felt I could control has been ripped out of my hands over the last year and now I find myself in a place where all I have is my trust in God.  Trust that He has a plan and that He knows what is best for me.  Trust that I don't have to figure out what He is doing but just follow Him (thanks for that reminder Lisa)  Trust that He is going to take care of me and not waste one moment of what I am going through.  


I have also felt the Holy Spirit leading me this year to memorize 24 verses that relate to TRUST.  This is daunting for me....I am not good at memorizing at all.  But I know this is something I am supposed to do.  So I am joining Beth Moore in her Siesta Memory Scripture Team 2015.  

This first verse I chose is:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

I am currently working on finding the other 11 verses that the Lord wants me to memorize this year.  Do you have a favorite verse on TRUST?

So, I start 2015 trusting....

* God in my circumstances!
* that when I doubt, He will remind me to trust!
* He has a plan, though I can't see it!
* that right now I am exactly where I am supposed to be!
* that I'll be able to memorize 24 verses!

And trusting that come 2016, 
I will know my God deeper than ever before.
And because of my trust in Him, I will be more like Him and right where He wants me.


Cathy said...

Sara what a great post. I like the part where you said " Everything that I felt I could control has been ripped out of my hands over the last year and now I find myself in a place where all I have is my trust in God." It reminds of a couple of years ago when hubby and I were going through a very bad time and I realed all the things I thought we were controlling, had never been under my control. It was startling but still a lesson I needed to learn. God will be with you every step of the way and will lead you as you let Him.

I too felt like I needed to participate in the Beth Moore Memory Challenge. I have tried in the past but always quit and gave up. I'm hoping I'll stick with it this time. I really feel this was God calling me to it this time and not just me wanting to do what everyone else is doing. In fact, I really didn't want to try and fail again. But I just couldn't seem to get away from it.

I chose to memorize the 139th Psalm. There are 24 verses and I love how it talks about how well He knows me. And yet, He still loves me and He'll never leave me. That is so awesome to me. And I guess while it doesn't actually use the word trust, I know I can trust Him because it talks about him going behind and in front of me. And if he's always with me, I can trust Him to take care of me.

Praying 2015 will be a year that we both grow closer to God!

Lisa said...

This is SO cool. I also picked my one word and felt led to memorize the verses corresponding to that! Fun...we can hold each other accountable.

God really has done a "stripping away" process for you this year. I know it made for a very confusing, searching, painful year and I am sorry to have seen you hurt through it. It makes me VERY curious to see what he has for you....its gonna be good.

"God is using your present circumstances to make you more useful for later roles in his unfolding story." Louie Giglio

So glad to hear Christmas was perfect in its imperfectness.

rita said...

Very inspiring!
Never heard of SSMT.
Hmmm...maybe I'll join.

Would love to hear about the Christmas gift challenge.

The Bug said...

You have had QUITE a year - and I'm hoping that 2015 is where you reap the reward for all your hard internal work.

Here's my pick - (this is the Message interpretation):

Proverbs 3:5The Message (MSG)

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.

Jackie said...

What a year, Sara. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for you and Steve - you have been faithful, and He sees you. Praying for you, my friend.

I have always loved Isaiah 41:10. :)

Skoots1moM said...

I'm doing SSMT, too! My first verse of the 24 verses is Jer.33:3
"call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know"

Rebecca Jo said...

I sat through this shaking my head yes the whole way :)

Here's hoping fills your spirit up with so much TRUST, you are overflowing in it ... taking bigger leaps & bounds for God :)