*New Faith Barista Series* Today, I'm kicking off the new year with a special series for January: Soul Resolutions. Share your One Word For 2011 at the end of today's post! Let's start the journey together and see where faith leads.
When you make new year resolutions, do you think of who you are becoming more than what you want to be doing?
You’d think these words were used to describe a company’s ideal employee.
These are the buzz words used to describe a child. Not only would you want these keywords dotting your resume, they are traits that best-selling parenting books say you must program into your children, in order to live productive lives.
Only question is — do having these traits make you a more confident person?
In my case, the answer is no.
Detours and Roadblocks
When I took time out for some whitespace after Christmas, I enjoyed a wonderful time of counting my blessings in the last decade.
2011 isn’t just a new year. It is a step into a new decade.
Looking back, I’ve hit some pretty big detours and roadblocks.
I still remember the word from the year 2000.
Family fallout, ministry burnout, career uncertainty, financial scares and singleness stigma. Dreams crashing.
Guess what. I wasn’t able to avoid any of it, even though I was: resourceful, resilient, independent thinking and self-reliant.
I’ve gained and lost: family, friends and faith.
I’ve come to the shocking revelation: parts of me are fact and fiction (what I think of myself and who I am when the going gets tough).
I can be very afraid of: failure and people’s disapproval.
My body broke down: from stress, pursuing what my heart wanted, with hands that were too full.
My soul broke down: from self-reliance, getting things done and doing things right.
I grew up well according to the buzz words of success. But, I wasn’t spared the journeys through real life: our inner, spiritual lives.
What I Have Gained
What I’ve gained is faith, for every piece of me that got lost.
It is faith in Someone who loves me, who is bigger than me, and calls me His gift.
This Someone is my Abba Father, who scooped me up when I felt abandoned.
This Someone is my Best Friend, who brought me my husband, when I believed love passed me by.
This Someone is my Counselor, healing me with words that went deeper than any dream.
This Person is Jesus, who calls me to trust Him more now.
In my quiet space, as I hold my pen over a new page of life, God is telling me this —
You’ve learned to trust me when hope was a dim speck at the end of the tunnel.
Even though you’ve seen how dark it can get and how far the fall may be, will you be confident in me — in you?
My word for 2011 — for this first step into a new decade is — Confidence.
A Different Kind of Confidence
“Confidence” is the underpinning word for my 2011 Soul Resolutions, like joy and rest.
This type of confidence isn’t in my abilities.
It is a different kind of confidence, that frees us to run forward into the new year. With Him.
“Blessed is the man (woman) who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in the Lord.”
~ Jeremiah 17:7
Confidence is translated from the word “trust” in Hebrew as:
“care-free trust” and “boldness”.
You and I, we have a whole new year ahead of us.
Together, we can walk into the doing, as we grow into our becoming.
As you enter into the next chapter of your story in 2011, what is one word God is putting on our heart?
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