January 1, 2014

o n w a r d.


It is a new year. Definitely a reason to celebrate! I try my hardest to not let negativity be a part of me, so I will say this instead...
 2013 was a year full of blessing and I am deeply grateful for the ways the Lord provided for us. However it was a chapter that our family was ready to close. We are welcoming the '14 with our arms and hearts wide open.


I felt last year that the word "trust" was going to be the theme of my/our year. ( You can read my post about it here). Was that an understatement. I felt like every turn there was an opportunity to exercise trust. Each day there was a choice to be made. I am so very grateful for it though. I learned more about waiting and being still than I knew I needed. 

That being said, both Ryan and I have felt a stirring inside of us that this new season is going to be drastically different. That our time of feeling almost stagnant is a thing of the past. It has us wildly excited.
I've been asking the Lord for another "theme" for this year. Trust was such a gift to me before and I have been craving the same for the next. This morning it came.

Onward. 
Definition- adverb- in a continuing forward direction; ahead.
                  adjective-going further rather than coming to an end or halt; moving forward


When it came to me I squealed. This has been my heart's cry and it completely encapsulates what we have been asking for. I immediately started to search for scriptures on moving forward and when I read this, tears flooded my eyes. Isaiah 43:18-19. 
Isaiah 43 is our family verse and life-line. Of course I would find it here.

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."


    • adjective 1.going further rather than coming to an end or halt; moving forward.“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."

I love what it says in The Message as well

"Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I am about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands."

This is quite the promise and I am holding fast to this word tighter than ever.

Cheers, 2014. You are already beautiful.

7 comments:

  1. :) I LOVE YOU!!!! What comes to mind when I read your word is Onward Christian Soldiers:) It gives me goosebumps... we are in a battle... and so thankful we are on Christ's side. I started to just post the first verse... but then read through all of them... talk about powerful.

    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
    forward into battle see his banners go!
    Refrain:
    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the cross of Jesus going on before.

    2. At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
    on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
    Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
    brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
    (Refrain)

    3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
    brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
    We are not divided, all one body we,
    one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
    (Refrain)

    4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
    but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
    Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
    we have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.
    (Refrain)

    5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
    blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
    Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
    this through countless ages men and angels sing.
    (Refrain)

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  2. So great. He is so faithful! Be praying the same for us...

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  3. Love this and you! Excited to see what this year brings!

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  4. I really ove your word Kaylee.
    And I love you! Grateful for your friendship.

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  5. What a perfect word! Happy New Year Kaylee.

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  6. just catching up on your blog a bit :) I LOVE your word for the year. it is so perfect. and I just have to say that that verse in Isaiah is one of my all time life verses too. in fact, at one point many years ago, I got so tired of it being my theme that I asked God to give me a new verse to life off of. that sunday, the same exact verse from Isaiah was on the cover of the bulletin at church and was the focus of the message. and God whispered to me, "my words don't expire." and what do ya know? it's even made it's way into my Hope Spoken talk, about 15 years later. ;) see ya soon!!!

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