Wednesday, January 6, 2016

B R A V E

One of my favorite things about each New Year...a word to live by.  A word that will help me focus on my goals and keep me striving to accomplish new things. A word that will keep me motivated and stretch me outside of my comfort zone.  

Part of the process that I love is the waiting.  The asking the Lord...What do You want me to strive for this year?  What should be my focus?...and then the hearing....brave....is that what I heard? Yes, you heard Me....Brave....I am calling you to live a BRAVE life.  One filled with hope and adventure. One filled with intention and expectancy.  One filled with ME.  Emptying yourself of you and filling all the places with Me alone.

And so my word...BRAVE.

I'm not completely sure what that looks like.  But I guess that's me having to already show I can do this....not knowing what to expect and yet go forward in expectancy.  That's so not an easy thing for me to do.

I also need to figure out how to get out of my own way.  So often, I am what is holding me back!  If I could just get out of my way, I'd give myself so many more opportunities to be brave. I tend to hide behind fear and use my introvertedness as an excuse not to do new things.  Guys, I can't do that, remember I'm introverted!!  Introverted doesn't have to mean scared and awkward.  I know there are so many amazing opportunities I've missed out on because I haven't just sucked it up and gotten out of my own way.  I don't want to live like that anymore.

This year I'm going to work on breaking free from myself.  I made a list of goals for the year and it's funny.. or GOD...most of them will require me to get out of my own way...step out in faith, away from fear...and live a brave life.  I know the Lord is going to call me to hard things this year.  He already is.  I hope and pray I will glorify Him with my brave life, because I can't wait to see what this year holds.  


16 comments:

Southern Komfort Blog said...

Love this word! It's like I always tell myself when I'm not sure of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to have faith: You'll never know until you try :)

Anne @ Love the Here and Now said...

Love this....I think we all get in our own ways more often than not. I know I do and I hold myself back as well.

Emily @ Ember Grey. said...

YES!!!!! We talked about being introverted a bit while at Influence - I am the same. When I started working a corporate job that required me to be extroverted, I repeated one phrase over and over to myself for months... "Fake it til you make it." I'd always hated that phrase before I just started owning it like, welp- I'm terrified but I'm gonna do this anyway!! I am seriously SO excited for you this year, Amy!!


Love, one of your many cheerleaders. XO

Amy @ Set Free said...

Why is it so hard?? I like my comfort zone...it's so warm, cozy, and lonely...just how I like it!! ;) I know it will be so hard, but so worth it.

Amy @ Set Free said...

I'm sure it's something most people struggle with, but it's hard to see it that way most of the time. It's easy to blame other things or people...but I've done that enough. Finally realizing there's no one/nothing left to blame, but me!!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you sweet friend...my BRAVE journey started at Influence...it's been pressed on my heart ever since then. So glad you're part of this crazy journey. You'll get to be part of it again in February as I take another brave step in Nashville. SO thankful for you!! And fake it til you make it...that's my motto with teaching! Ha!! Don't tell the parents! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh thank you!! I feel the same...and I feel like so many other words can come from it. Looking forward to all this year holds...I have a feeling it's going to be a good one! :)

Meagan said...

Brave is so perfect! I am loving everyone's words that I want to have at least ten. You can take brave with you everywhere and apply it to every situation! Can't wait to see what it does for you in 2016!

Nikki Stevens said...

I think you're already an amazing woman, but I hope you do find a ton of success, joy and happiness in 2016. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you this year!

Amy @ Set Free said...

OMG...making me cry over here!! Thank you for your sweet words! I can't wait either...feeling like it's going to be a great adventure. xoxo

Alyssa Guttendorf said...

I just started reading Shonda Rhimes' book, "My Year of Yes," and based off of this post, I think you would really like it too. It's all about how, for one year, she fought her introverted-ness and said "yes" to things she normally wouldn't have. I'm only about a quarter of the way through, but it's great so far! Might help with your bravery quest :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Sounds amazing!! I'll def have to get that. Thanks for sharing! :)

TheAdventuresofBugandBoo said...

SUCH a great word! He calls us to work on something because we need it, not because it's easy :) But you got this, friend! I can't wait to share a brave adventure in April!!!! =)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes! So true...and Lord knows I need to be more brave. I feel like the journey to, during, and home from Influence was a great kick-off to this journey I'm on! So glad you're part of it with me.

Chelsea Jacobs said...

Love love love! The first time I ever picked a word, it was brave, and it really did change my whole year!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh I love that!! I'd love to read about it if you wrote any posts. :) Thanks for stopping by!