Last January, I chose the words Grace and Courage to guide my year. Those words were nudged towards me until I took notice and embraced them as a defining narrative for my life. Throughout ups and downs of 2013, it was humbling to continue going back to those two words until they steeped inside of me. Little did I know how much I would rely on the encouragement and truth that they offered, especially as John and I battled through his health issues last year.
As I was reading an Advent devotional last month, I felt the Spirit prompting me toward two new themes for 2014. Remembering how much I relied on my Grace and Courage words from last year, I was hesitant to entirely jump on board with two new lessons. And yet, here I am declaring 2014 as the year to “Pray Big” and “Dare Greatly.”
The theme to “Dare Greatly” is influenced by my favorite book of last year, Daring Greatly. And ironically it is very connected to my word “Courage” from last year. As author Brene Brown says, “Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage.”
Then when I read Holley Gerth’s first Coffee for Your Heart prompt, I knew these were the encouraging words that I wanted the people I care about (you!) to hear as they begin a new year.
|I’m linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart|
I want to encourage you today that wherever you are in life and wherever you spend your day, you can dare greatly right where you are. Join me in pursuing vulnerability over fear. In knowing your worth. In believing that you are enough. If we truly showed up everyday believing that we are enough, we could be excited about our daily opportunity to dare greatly. The journey would become a daily destination in and of itself in pursuit of ways to love others boldly and follow where the Spirit leads right where you are.
|I’m starting to decorate my nook space upstairs. Welcome to my little writing area.|
|Above my writing desk, I’ve hung these quotes to reinforce my two themes.
Part of praying big will be memorizing Scripture with Ann Voskamp’s project.
The other quotes are from Holley Gerth.