STEADFAST, DREAM, SELF-DISCIPLINE, ACCOUNTABLE, INTENTIONAL, LEARN, UNSTOPPABLE, MINDFULNESS, BELIEVE, AWARE, COURAGE, FORTITUDE, COMMITTED, REST, GRATITUDE, RELEASE, EXPECTATION.
Our beautiful sisterhood of Better Than Fine Women started 2019 by choosing a Word of the Year to guide our days. So many great words, so much hope and purpose behind those words. We are here to check-in ladies. It’s been just about three months, the first quarter of 2019 is almost complete! How is it going? What have you gained through this Word of the Year focus? Have you been looking and listening for what your word has for you, wants from you? Has God revealed anything new to you through this practice? Or have you honestly “gotten off track”? No worries, whatever has been happening! We are here to check in, let you know what has been happening with our words, and to invite you into community and discussion regarding this topic!! We are creating a special Facebook group to discuss our progress, problems, and insights about the Word of the Year practice!! Please join us (details at the end of this post!)
In the meantime, here are our results so far:
“So we are not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17, MSG)
I ended 2018 tired and tapped out. But not without hope, not at all. As the Bible says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) I felt poor in spirit, but I also have been feeling a closeness to God that is consistently soothing, comforting, and motivating. He showed me that human expectations are not equal in any way to “God Expectations”. He assured me, through my prayer time; through conversations and connections with friends; through His Word and devotion times and through things that were stirring in my heart, mind and spirit, that good things are coming. Just not in the way I might expect.
The last three months have been tinged with some challenges. I have always been a “woman of patience”. But I have learned a new kind of patience lately. My old patience was acceptance, tolerance, giving in, sometimes giving up. My NEW patience is digging in, working change (in me and in my life), stepping out courageously and EXPECTING NEW RESULTS! When I started 2019 with my focus word “Expectation”, I mainly decided that a new shift and awareness of the meaning of the word was in order. I wrote notes in my journal: “Adjust expectations. Higher some expectations. Lower some expectations. Let go, let God. I can’t. He can. Let Him.”. So far it has been lovely. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next. But I’m practicing my NEW PATIENCE!
I can’t wait to hear what each of you are learning and finding with your Words of the Year as we end this first quarter. GOOD STUFF!
I Love each and every one of you sisters!
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Last year around this time God was prompting me to give something up that was extremely near and dear to my heart. My passion. Letting go was such a struggle and I was overcome with grief. I felt like a part of me was dying. I wrestled with God and finally said “okay, I let go.” I had absolutely nothing to hold on to or a vision of what was next. I had to come to the place of complete surrender and acceptance that I may never be used by God again and I was okay with that. I started a new journal on March 9, 2018. Page one I made a drawing of a heart and wrote “what makes my heart sparkle?” On page two, I wrote, “blank, I’ve got nothing!” It was then I realized I had no dreams for my future. That was really sad for me in that moment. I pressed on through the spring and summer and prayed and read books and wrote like crazy. That little journal book is now packed and almost falling apart. God has put a Dream in my heart. It was always there but some things had to happen and change for me in order for me to get to it.
One dream is already coming to fruition. I am going on a mission trip with my daughter next month. WHAT? This makes my heart explode. Better Than Fine is another dream. I love to write and connect with women. You are a dream! Thank you for being in my life! There are a couple other things brewing in the background, so maybe at our next check-in I will have more news to share!
God is the complete center to these dreams, which is why I picked Matthew 6:33 as my scripture verse for the year. It is only as I seek Him first that these dreams are birthed!
On the cover of my journal I read the words of Eleanor Roosevelt every day, “The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.”
Love you guys!
Word of the Year Private Group!!!
Word of the Year Private Group!!!
Ok, ladies, to continue this discussion as a group, please head over to our Facebook Page, Better Than Fine Women and click “Visit Group” directly under the cover photo. The group is called “Word of the Year” and is a closed group, so we can speak safely and freely. We will accept your request, and there we go, we can connect and share!!!