I knew she would eventually be promoted to Level 2, but I honestly wasn't expecting the news just yet. I was almost excited as my daughter when she handed me the note from her coach. I *might* have cried a tear or two on the drive home...
As I thought about my daughter's joy, I couldn't help but make a connection to my own life. How excited do I get when I accomplish something? When I reach a goal or fulfill a dream, I am thrilled. I have a sense of achievement. Maybe even a little pride mingled in.
And I believe I can do even more.
I want to dream even bigger.
To push myself even harder.
To stretch myself.
To get out of my comfort zone.
To be brave.
To let my faith be stronger than my fear.
To live out loud.
To go for it.
Today is the last day of 2014, so of course goals and dreams are on my mind and heart even more so than most days. I am a planner and like to have things written down so I can see them and know what I am working towards, where I am going and how I am going to get there.
I was browsing on Google images in search of inspiration for the New Year ahead, and these pictures and quotes seemed to stick out to me the most:
As I have been thinking and praying about what God may have for me in 2015, some recurring themes seem to be coming through in what I am reading in Scripture, what our pastor has been sharing at church, the lyrics to songs we have sung during the worship time, my time on a Women's Retreat, and things other people have been talking about in their own lives. When God speaks so clearly over and over and over again, I can't deny what He's trying to tell me!
In the days to come, I want to sit down and write out more about each of these truths God has been whispering in my ear. He's been speaking to me so consistently that His whisper has really become more of a shout. His message is coming across loud and clear. It's undeniable.
I am excited beyond words to see what He does as I follow Him and put into practice the things He is teaching me. I am eager to grow, to become the woman He has created and designed me to be.
But at the same time, I am oh so scared.
If truth be told, I am shaking in my boots.
This life of faith and boldness and courage is not going to be an easy one.
God never promised that following Him would be.
It may not be safe, but I can assure you it will be exciting and REWARDING.
Last Sunday, our pastor talked about what it means to be a DISICPLE of Jesus. He showed a Rob Bell video clip I had seen before, but this time something NEW stuck out to me.