Word for 2014: Trust

I've been thinking about my word for 2014 lately. I've never chosen one before, but this year is going to be different.

As I reflect on 2013, it's easy to pick out my word for the past year: identity. God did a work in stripping away my outer layers, my dependence on the opinions of others and job status that I chose to define me. He taught me that it's not what I do that defines me; it's who I am in Jesus. It was painful, but life-giving.

This year, we're having our first baby - which means I'll be transitioning to a stay-at-home mom. Which scares me a little bit. I have no idea how that will challenge me emotionally or spiritually. We're continuing our work in Cambodia but not sure if we'll stay past September. And if we do move back to Kansas City, we have no idea what ministry we'll be involved in or what kind of jobs we'll get or how long we'll be there. We have a lot of dreams and ideas but zero actual plans.

I think God is going to enlarge my trust in him in unimaginable ways this year. He's going to ask me to trust him in the midst of uncertainty, of making big decisions, of possibly calling us to do the hard thing instead of the easy one. He'll also grow my trust in my husband, as he leads our family and pursues God's calling for us.

"Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you."
Psalm 9:10 {NLT}

But I know one thing: God is trustworthy. He has never failed me. And he won't start this year.

So that's my word for 2014: trust.

trust: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability,
 or strength of someone or something

I don't have much trust in myself to succeed in life. But I know that God is reliable, he is the source of truth, and he is able and strong to take care of me and my family. And that's what I'll be believing in 2014.

Although I know I need to trust God in all things, I also know he wants us to be stewards of our time, gifts, and resources. It's a balance of wise planning and complete dependence on God - seems like an oxymoron, but somehow it works out. So I'm doing the Powersheets, praying over monthly goals, and looking at the big picture of the upcoming year.

I decided that making a yearly overview would be helpful in thinking about the future, especially when thinking about future blog posts and series. If I have an awesome idea for a series or an event in March, I need to have a place to write it down because seriously, this lady will not remember it.

If you'd like to use it too, you can click on the image below or the link and download for free.

Free 2014 annual overview for blog planning from Journey Mercies

What about you? Do you have a word you're claiming for your own in 2014? Today I'm also linking up with Casey Wiegand over at her fabulous blog - go check out the words she and others have chosen to believe this year!
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