I have never been one for making big new years resolutions but I do love that feeling of a brand new slate full to the brim with hope and possibility. This year I was inspired to choose a word to focus on over the next twelve months. I wasn't really sure where to start in finding the right one but a few days ago the Lord put Rise on my heart in a big way and although it isn't as flashy or pretty as some of the others I was considering, I like it - I am feeling the depth hidden in the many meanings and I am so looking forward to embracing it in 2014. God also put this verse out of Isaiah on my heart and so I am embracing it too as my verse for the new year:
Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have have kept you-rise to a new life! Shine, be radiant with the glory of the Lord, for the light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! Isaiah 60:1
Rise earlier to embrace each day as a gift and to prepare my heart for all that God has in store
Rise above fear that holds me back from really pursing the things that God has entrusted me with
Rise above what I think others want me to be and focus on who I am as a daughter of Jesus
Rise to a fuller potential and be bolder in my faith
So what about you did you make any resolutions or choose a word to embrace this year? I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store - many blessings friends and happy new year!