In 2012 I chose LET GO! I know it's two words, but it was really what I needed to do with a lot of things at the time. I did let go, and our whole life ended up changing that year! We moved to a new state, got new jobs, and began attending a new church! All great changes that we have been incredibly blessed by!
In 2013 I chose PRAY! Letting go was just the start and committing to prayer was the next step for me. I new God had been directing my life, but it's so easy to try and solve things on my own when they come up. I made a commitment to not give answers about major life choices until I'd prayed about it, to not get upset about things happening until I'd prayed about it, to make major purchases until I'd prayed about it, and it really did make a huge difference this year! I feel like I've grown so much in my trust for God and knowing that he has absolute control of my life, his plans are better than my plans, and his ways are higher than my ways. I have seen situations that I know in the past I would have made worse turn into great opportunities for me. God has been so faithful to me and my family and I know my commitment to prayer has again blessed my life all year long!
Last year my brother bought me a journal for Christmas that said "Keep Calm and Pray On!" across the cover, it was the inspiration for my OLW. This year when my mom gave me a new journal I knew as soon as I opened it what my OLW for 2014 would be! I knew what the next step in my life should be! So here it is......
Now that I've given God control of my life, it's time to experience the JOY he has created for me! I have so much to be thankful for. So many great things have come my way over the past couple years, and as I've taken steps to live in God's perfect plan for me it has brought real JOY even when I didn't really take time to enjoy it. So 2014 is all about living in the JOY of the LORD!! I know he continues to have great things in store for our family!
Here's the cover of the journal my mom gave me for Christmas.....
Thanks to Denise over at Sunny Days in Second Grade for hosting the One Little Word linky this year! If you want to know more about OLW, read about other's OLW, or link up with your own little word head on over to her blog!