My word for 2016 is Abundance. I KNOW God gave me this word. But I asked him not to because this is a hard word. My fear is that everyone would think I just wanted more stuff. I think often times we view God’s abundance and blessings as a beautiful home, a nice car, more vacations. God gave me the word abundance not for material goodness but for spiritual blessings. I deal with anxiety and small thinking and fear sometimes and God came crashing in on my 2016 to teach me that that is not who he is. He is a God who came to give us life and life to the full. I was praying yesterday and just felt like he said he wants us to fight. To fight against the enemy that backs us into a corner and makes us think we are not enough. To fight against sickness that creeps into our lives over and over. To fight against the terror attacks that make us afraid. To fight against the jealousy and covetousness that seeps into our hearts. To fight against the fear that keeps us from living imago dei, in HIS IMAGE!!!
He has come to give us life to the full and if we just lean into the one who loves us more than anything, he will provide. He wants us to pray the lights out, to be the change, to rise up, to go and do and be all that he has called us. I am so over fear and anxiety and scarcity. It’s not who God is. It’s not who he created us to be. He longs for us to run to him, to abide in him and then to do good things. God things. Big things. Brave things.
I see you single mama working your ass off supporting your family. Keep on rockin it. I see you mama taking care of your babies and feeling like you are not enough. You are incredible and you are doing holy work right now. I see you mama’s running businesses and working jobs and taking care of your kids. You are supporting your family and juggling it all and you amaze me. Keep fighting the good fight. I see you women chasing after ministry and missions and adoption and changing the world. #bethechange brave woman.
Man, I just long for us to keep fighting, to keep running, to keep loving BIG. To pray and worship and serve and to destroy the enemy. I woke up this morning to Matt saying, did you know the airport we were at (Brussels) just got bombed by ISIS? What???? I immediately turn to sadness and fear and why God, why??? I am quickly reminded to rise up. To not let fear take over because then the bad guys win. But to keep pushing through, to keep chasing and running after a God who promises fullness of life and just wants all of me. Glennon Melton says it best, “Remember who you are.”
We are children of God, born to conquer and full of power. Our earthly duty is to bring heaven to earth. We can’t do that when we are filled with doubt, sadness and fear. Let’s keep pressing on into his incredible abundance. Let’s lean into each other. May we be women who are vulnerable and real with each other. Who tell each other like it is. Who talk about the hard things with each other. Who are not afraid to bare our souls and extend grace. We have to be willing to give ourselves soul care so we can then be all we can be. I pray we build each other up, that divisiveness and jealousy do not overtake us. I pray that we are SO FOR EACH OTHER that nothing can stand in our way. Let’s do this thing.
Go and do scary things. Love unconditionally. Encourage one another. Be brave. Give this one life all you have. And the whole time God’s got your back. He’s holding you in the palm of his hand. We have nothing to fear because we are made in his image, precious children of God.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” -2 Timothy 1:7