Word of the Year!

Happy New Year!!

We survived December, and I'm happy to be in 2016!

With the turn of the calendar, it's time for me to have a new Word of the Year!

I'm super excited about this year's word!!

Are you ready????

My word is... RUN.

Don't you love it??

I know.  It's a weird word.  Do I ever have normal words?  I wish I could choose "truth" or "joy" or "love" or another one of those normal words.

But, I love "run."  When the Lord gave it to me, I knew He gave it to me.

It really started rather basically.  Tony and I are planning to run a marathon in January 2017.  That necessitates a lot of running this year.

But, as I pressed into the Lord, He gave me far more.

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Have I mentioned how much time I spend tired?  And overwhelmed?  I try my hardest to act calm and in control, but I'm totally spinning on the inside.  My bestie and I refer to the duck analogy a lot- I'm paddling underwater just as fast as I can.  

I want to thrive in 2016.  I want my strength to come from the Lord, and I want to run and not be weary.  With that, I want to run my life.  I don't want to be run over by it.

Hebrews 2:1-2

"...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..."

Here's some ugly truth for the new year:  I'm a quitter.  I start well, but I'm not a good finisher.  I want to run with endurance this year.  I want to finish what I start, and I want it to look like it does on Day One.

I want to run hard after life.  This year, I'm going after life.  I'm not waiting around anymore.  I've spent many years making sure the people I love reach their goals.  This year, I'm running after mine.  (First, I need to figure out what they are.)  Spending the last few months working for Heart's Cry has reminded me that I have something to offer the world beyond parenting. 


I have loved being a stay-at-home mom for almost 14 years.  I wouldn't change a minute of it, but it has been renewing and refreshing to work for a worthy cause.  In the same vein, I've taken a long-term substitute teaching position.  I get to spend this semester teaching high school English, and I am so excited.  I love teaching.  I love youth.  I love To Kill A Mockingbird.  It's going to be an amazing semester!


One of "those things" about growing older is the constant awareness of your body.  I feel it on me. When I was 20, I didn't wake up and feel sore or achy. Now, I'm aware if I've done too much or too little.  This past November, I took a rather scary fall off a 10-foot high wall.  A week later, I was fairly certain my internal organs were permanently damaged.  I stayed in bed and rested and felt worse.  I made the decision that Carson and I were going for a run.  If I was going to hurt, I was going to hurt because I had done something.  Not because I was laying in bed.


That's my picture for 2016.  I'm running.  Running after Jesus, after my goals, after my life.  I'm confident that I'll be sore and achy.  But, Lord willing, come January 2017, I'll be able to look back with the sweet satisfaction of a well-run race. 


Comments

Glenda said…
Love!!! Exciting changes.

My word is Be!Just two letters but lots of meaning.
panaMOM said…
I love this!!!! I'm so glad to "see" you! It's been too long!
boundtohisheart said…
Hi Lisa, yakky here. :) so good to peek in on your life!

My word is endurance. I'm no runner, but I'm walking everyday. The hebrews verse is my verse for the year. I too, am a starter and sketchy finisher. This year is going to be about relying on the endurance of Jesus.
panaMOM said…
Hey yakky!!! I look forward to finishing this year "well" with you!

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