Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015: A Year To...

I have been trying to write this post for days. I keep making excuses, finding distractions, & baking unnecessarily just to avoid this post.

I am sure some of you are saying, "It's just a word - what's so scary about that?"
Well, I'd challenge you that if you choose "just a word" for 2015, you may be missing the point. This year I am choosing a word that's going to challenge me in ALL sorts of ways. And if I let God do with it what HE wants, it's probably going to change my life.


So...what is this word that's got be all worked up?



Submit.
What a weird word, right?

I thought so too. But, when the Lord places something on your heart & refuses to take it away, you just have to go with it.

One perfect example of how this word is going to rock my world - this post. Sharing that I am scared,  and dare I say incapable, of this word is big. And I know that there's no way I am going to do anything with it unless I trust the Lord. But that's just it, if I'm going to make this word happen, I've got to put away myself & my fear.

Are you still with me?
If so, here are four distinct reasons why I think God has given me this word as my word for 2015...

1. Jesus called me to submit my life to him.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.   James 4:7


2. Jesus called me to submit my life to my husband.
Now as the church submit to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.   Ephesians 5:24


3. Jesus called me to submit my life to others.
Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.   Ephesians 5:21


4. Submit has gotten a really nasty reputation in our society & I want to change that.
Alright, I know I can't change society, but I might be able to influence my sphere of it!


Over the next fifty something weeks I'll unpack this word & all that the Lord has planned for me. I am excited & nervous but I know that if I let Him, I'll experience his presence like never before.

As a daughter of the king, a wife, & a friend, I know that I have been called to submit...but let's see what happens when I seek true submission...in every aspect of life.


And here's a sneak peek at one of my versus for this year...I have a lot to learn & I'm thankful you're going to join me!

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalms 143:10. 


Frankly my dear...submit to the Lord.

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11 comments :

  1. Submit does have a nasty connotation in our culture. But whenever I start to go against it, I realize that it's my pride that makes me want to rebel, and that can be a really negative thing as well. It's tough to find balance.

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  2. THIS. SO perfect. I need to work on this as well. For 2015, my word is "forgive."

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  3. YES YES YES! Loveeeeee this. Love your heart and the Scripture you tied to your strives for 2015. Heart you. Love your heart for being a part of changing this word's bad, misinterpreted rep!!! xx

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  4. such a beautiful, and CHALLENGING word.
    i have such a rebel heart - a heart that so often chooses to not follow Jesus, but instead to follow the flesh...this is a beautiful word choice. <3

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  5. I love this word so much! I think we all need this in our lives. And I know how you feel, I was a little dumbfounded by my word of "simplify" just because it goes completely against my personality and lifestyle. And I think that's why the Lord laid it on my heart. I'm still figuring out how it applies to other areas of my life, but I know He has big plans for us, if we'll just follow him. Let's do this, girlfriend. Proud of you!

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  6. SO good! We had friends who were taken aback that we used the word "submit" in our wedding vows. I think we just have such a different take on the definition than they do. I look forward to seeing your future posts on this!

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  7. Such a good word! You are so great at reflecting deeply on what you right, and I appreciate your posts so much because of that. Good luck! :)

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  8. Love your word Jenni! Such a challenge for 2015!

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  9. So glad I could design your word for you and LOVE your reasoning for it!! Abide is my word, which will help me to also submit!! Thanks, friend! Xoxo!!

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  10. Praying for you and your 2015! So excited for you to be closer! :)

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