I welcomed 2013 with open arms. It was a much needed year after our crazy 2012. It was a good year. A content year. Sure, we had a couple of sad events take place and that was tough. And, Hubby traveled a lot, but we all grew from this past year! And, I think my 2013 word of the year, expectation, was right on. I was able to manage my own expectations and wait with expectation on the Lord! But, while I'm enjoying reflecting on 2013, I'm looking forward to 2014! It's another one of those years where I don't know what to expect. And the last time I had one of those years, well, it was crazy! So, after several weeks of tossing a couple of words around that came to mind, I've decided to push on with my 2014 word of the year . . .
as defined by dictionary.com
1. possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
1. to meet or face courageously.
2. to defy; challenge; dare.
I don't know what's ahead. None of us really do. But I do have several things that come to mind that will require me to remember Joshua 1:9, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." and to just be plain brave. Whether it's making decisions for our children, teaching our children, making decisions for our family, living intentionally for the Lord and not this world, stepping out of my comfort zone in many ways and challenging myself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally, there's a whole plethora of things that require me to be brave this year.
And to be completely honest, landing on this word, brave, scares me to death!