Making 2014 Count

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I’ve been on a kick lately to follow new people in Instagram. I’ve been finding this amazing group of women who are these strong, successful, creative and beautiful people who are moms and work and do everything in between. Recently, one of the lovely ladies I follow encouraged everyone to write a blog post on how you want to make 2014 count. You can read more about this kind of amazing lady on here blog at http://www.thewiegands.com/ .

I have been struck these last few days by my feelings of excitement for the new year. This overwhelming sense of freshness and newness gets in my soul in this week between Christmas and New Years Day, and I make lists and goals and organize things and even get crazy and throw out the sugar leftover from Christmas. My main goal for this year is to keep this feeling inside all year long, and to translate it to every new day, every new week, every new hour. It’s so easy to get beat down as the year trods on and you’re not where you want to be, or things aren’t how you would like them, and life just seems hard and blah. (This is usually  my April and August….) I want to channel this energy to the reality that every new day is a gift, and worth being excited about.

I’m in love with the idea of a new year bringing new opportunities and the chance for new goals and aspirations for myself and for my family. I love the idea of a word for the year, a word to live by that would encourage me and keep me focused on what can often be a long 365 days.

My word for 2014 is HOPE.

Last year was a rough one, and I so often found myself with no hope. The words that would have described most of my 2013 were those of hopeLESSness, sadness, bitterness, anger and even a little hate sometimes. This year I want this truth to characterize my year,

“…We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”- Heb 6:19

I have a hope that reaches beyond my circumstances and beyond what my eyes can see, a hope that is the deepest and truest anchor while my soul is tossed around by all that life throws at me.

I’m learning a little bit at a time, day by day, that while God’s plan is a mysterious and painful one at times, we have been given the power to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer”. Joyful in hope, not anxious and worried and annoyed and angry. Joyful. I feel like I used to be a joyful person. Life kind of wears me out and I find myself sad, tired and empty. I think it all goes hand in hand. Hopelessness brings out so much sadness. But the good news is, I can choose to have hope, I can choose to be joyful, and I can choose to embrace my limitations and my situations and have hope that at the end of the day, its all working out for good.

So this year, 2014, with all of your bright and shiny new beginnings, I am going to make you count by having HOPE. Every day, even the hard ones, every hour, especially the hard ones. Obviously I can’t do it alone, but here’s my rough plan

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion”, says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” – Lam 3:21-24

I’m sure I’ll be chanting this verse a lot the coming year, so if you see and/or hear me, don’t be jealous of how cool I look.

Here’s to making 2014 count, one hopeful day at a time.

xoxo,

jess

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