Updated: Jan 7
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We at Better Than Fine wish you a beautiful, God-inspired year! Filled with lots of love, peace, and joy! We can not wait to embark on this year with you!
I finally decided on my Word of the Year for 2021! I cannot stop thinking about it, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store with it for me. But before I reveal it to you, dear Sisters, I want to fill you in on how my word VISION wrapped up for me.
When I choose VISION for 2020, I first was intrigued by 20/20 Vision, like everyone else, I suppose. But I was hoping 2020 was about my goals and dreams coming to fruition. My VISION coming to life! That was sooooo not it! Very quickly, God showed me it was more about “seeing” Him in extraordinary ways. My verse of the year was surrounded by Moses at the burning bush. Moses had to turn aside from his ordinary activities to “see” the burning bush, an extraordinary act of God. 2020 forced me to look for God everywhere. I had to proactively keep my eyes open for Him. Looking for Him in my husband’s job loss, CO-VID, quarantine, my daughter’s very unusual high school graduation, the college send-off, selling my home, packing up my house and moving. All of these were a whirlwind adventure.
God was faithful to me with my word, VISION, and I am so thankful. In my last blog, I mentioned that my word “found me.” It was impressed upon my heart, but the meaning was NOT what I expected. So, now for 2021!
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word GRACE? Some things which come to my mind are
The blessing before I eat.
The last two churches I was a member of.
A girl’s name. I once heard a sermon called… “Grace is not a blue-eyed blond.” LOL!
Some definitions of GRACE in the dictionary are unmerited divine assistance, a virtue coming from God, approval, favor, a special favor. I recently saw a statement with the word GRACE in it, which is why I picked this word for my year. Here it is:
GRACE: Without a constant focus on the realities of the Gospel (our position in Christ and the grace He provides), every disciple will end up lacking the power they need spiritually. Many with a troubled past will lack the liberating understanding of positional identity, while those with a religious background often stray into the realm of legalism and become a pharisee.
My therapist often says to me that I am hard on myself, and I do not extend myself GRACE.
These two statements are what launched me into my choice. I do have somewhat of a troubled past; hence, my therapy, which is why I am hard on myself. Part of the problem is I do not fully understand or accept my position in Christ; I have an identity problem. I need a constant focus on the realities of God and Jesus and my position in Him. I guess I could have chosen the word FOCUS, but GRACE really stuck out to me.
I saw an acronym of the word GRACE: God’s reward at Christ’s expense. Isn’t that awesome?!
I cannot wait for this to unfold. I will research articles, Devo's, scripture, a podcast to understand this GRACE fully, and I know without a shadow of a doubt by the end of 2021, I will have the liberating experience of my identity.
Now, as you know, I was in the midst of moving to Florida! OY! What an adventure. I cannot wait to share. It has been a whirlwind, to say the least. By this time, I would have my journal all decorated, my letter for the year written to God, my goals laid out perfectly. I have not done a thing! My first lesson of the year…extend myself GRACE! I will get to it, and I will enjoy the process. In the meantime, I have my journal notebook and already started writing; the rest will come.
Here are just a few takeaways for you, FINE Sister!
Finalize your word and scripture (I am still working on mine) for the year.
Grab a notebook and start decorating it.
Be on the lookout for your “word” everywhere. Moments alone with God, stories from friends, podcasts, sermons, Devo's! Write it down!
Be flexible. Remember, my word for 2020 was NOT what I expected, but it turned out to be so much more. Do not change your word just because it does not fit your agenda.
Extend yourself some “GRACE.” This challenge is supposed to be FUN! Enjoy every moment of it, even if you find yourself still waiting for it come February 1st!
Do not forget to share with us on social media. You guys inspire Leslie and me! Let us encourage each other along the way!
You guys, I am always so excited to start a New Year, and I am so glad to be doing it with you!