Today has me thinking. It’s January 15, 2015 and it’s 61 degrees outside. WOW does Jesus know exactly what we need? This sunshine and warmer weather is exactly what I needed today. Today also has me thinking about my word for the year. Every year for the past couple of years I have chosen a word to help me throughout the year and it’s been truly a blessing. Last year’s word was Rest. Last year was the year of so much change; and I knew I needed to REST in the arms of my Savior. 2014 was such a big year, graduating High school and closing out my time at OCS and then beginning my adventure at OSU. Resting was exactly what I needed to do. I usually pick a verse but, last year I had to pick two verses because I couldn’t pick just one. I chose Matthew 11:28 and Exodus 14:14. Matthew 11:28 is “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you Rest.” Exodus 14:14 is “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” These verses and the word “rest” gave me so much needed encouragement last year. Thankful that the Lord always knows exactly what we need before we even knew it.

This year I chose the word growth. I chose growth for a few reasons. Learning to grow exactly where I’m planted is something that is hard sometimes to grasp. It’s so easy in the world we live in, to compare our stories to other people’s stories. Everyone’s walks are different, everyone has a different plan and learning how to grow exactly where I’m planted is so important. Growth also sometimes means change and change sometimes involves risks, but the most beautiful part about that it that we don’t have to do it alone. The Bible is so comforting and clear about this topic. In Joshua 1:5, God is talking to Joshua. God tells him, “I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you.” How comforting is it that we serve a God who isn’t going to leave our side, no matter what. We serve a God who wants to walk with us through all of our trials. That’s amazing. I know that every year is filled with highs and filled with lows but I’m excited. I heard a quote this past week and it said, “Let your roots GROW down into Him and let your lives be built on Him.” Growing deeper roots in the Lord is also something I’m striving for this year. Spending more time with Him and making it valuable time. That quote goes right along with Colossians 2:7, which says, “Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” YAY for growth.

(I love quotes incase you didn’t previously know this) Here’s a super long quote that I absolutely adore: “Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.” WOW, I know that growth is never going to be easy, but it’s comforting that every time there is growth its for a specific reason only to GROW us.

2015, I’m pumped for everything you are going to throw my way because we serve a God who isn’t going to leave our side, and a God who helps us and wants us to grow in Him. I’m thankful for a day like today filled with beautiful weather, wonderful friends, and coffee.

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