SURRENDER My One Word For 2016
Every year I see women online sharing their upcoming word for the New Year. I always love to see these words, although I’ve never been inspired enough to pick one word for myself. Over these last few weeks I feel like for the first time ever a word has picked me. That word is surrender.
From Instagram “I ran into a local furniture store to pick up some fresh winter-themed flags for the porches. While there I also found this sweet reminder that is going in my kitchen window. Remember, if God is for us, who can ever be against us (Romans 8:31)”
Throughout the month of December as I’ve focused on chewing through different Bible verses and enjoyed the holidays with my family, the word surrender has resonated with me. It’s not a defeated word. I am not defeated. I am confident in Christ. I am confident that Jesus has the very best plans, purposes, and ways, and those are the only ones I want to be walking in. While the word surrender can take on many forms (a few synonyms being abandonment, relinquishment, yielding), to me this word means rest and trust.
If you don’t know this about me, I’m a mover and a shaker. I figure things out, get things done. I love for someone to tell me I can’t do something because that’s the something I’ll figure out how to do. I don’t sit for too long. I need a daily list to outline my day. I make too many plans, over fill my plate, and pretty much charge full-steam ahead. And if you’d like to know, at almost 70 years old my mom is the same way. We’re just those kind of wild women who are very creative and have to keep moving.
“For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” Ps 86:10 –> #handverses help my *very human head* pull itself together.
I’m not exactly sure where this word surrender is going to take me for 2016, but I have several areas that I’m surrendering, because friends – I have no idea. I know that Jesus knows, and I have peace in Him.
Areas I’m continually surrendering each day
Working, Blogging, and Online Life – Oh My!
My online work life has changed. After I had baby Daniel last December I just haven’t been able to get back to the kind of hours I was carving out either early or late. We had a good system for a while too where I worked 2 full 12-hour days a week, and had 5 days “off,” but after my neck injury last summer that system has been laid down as well. I’m honestly not sure what my work schedule looks like at the moment, and I’m surrendering that. I’m either going to have to get back into the habit of working a few hours in the evening, or a few hours in the morning. It has yet to be seen as to which one is going to work best with our bustling family life, including my husband being back in college full-time. I’m continuing to take it day by day and praying a lot of “Lord, direct my steps and make them sure,” prayers in the process.
This House Hunt Thing
As I write this I tell you I am burned out on our house hunting. We have now run through several properties. Every house that we finally settle on, “Okay, this could be it,” has some major roadblock appear. Just last weekend we visited another property for a 2nd time, took my mom and kids to march through the woods and find property markers even, then this week I’ve been bombarded with roadblock after roadblock that makes me feel like maybe that isn’t going to work for us. We had another showing today, but still no real bites on our house that’s for sale either. So I just say, surrender!
I shared about my Trim Healthy Mama Weight Loss (my top tips to help you get started), and I haven’t shared much more on it since then. Not long after that article and video I hit a major hiccup and stopped losing weight. I got very frustrated. This is not uncommon for breastfeeding moms and there’s a lot of similar stories and helps in the Pregnant and Nursing Mamas THM group on Facebook. I just got very discouraged and finally had to stop thinking about it. It was consuming me. Then I started veering off of THM until I was way, way off. And here I am now almost a year later, still 10 lbs less than my original loss with 10 lbs gained back. I’m still not back to 100% of THM, but I’d like to be. Tomorrow is a brand new day, right?
“So many good verses here. I loved this one from this morning, “It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.” ❤️ Proverbs 16:32″
So those are a few of the areas in which I’m surrendering, and honestly I don’t have a lot of answers to the questions at this moment.
How/when do I get some consistent work time back into each day? << I feel like I’m starting all over again with this one, especially since my neck blew up.
What’s happening with this moving thing, if anything? << Clueless, but the Lord knows. I just keep casting my care.
Am I ever going to lose this weight? << Getting back into good consistent habits again. Hope to share more soon!
The verse that the Lord has fed me for years is, “The Lord will fight for me and I shall hold my peace and remain at rest.” Exodus 14:14. I believe this verse is very fitting for me yet again, and certainly as I move into 2016.
Honestly, I hope the encouragement you glean from this post is that I’m starting out 2016 with a lot of questions and no firm answers. My main and steady answer is: Jesus really is all I need. He’s all you need too, in whatever situations you find yourself.
Have a very blessed day!