I hope you're all having a good week and a great start to Thursday so far. I have been so excited about this post! This morning I get to share a few of the names that were chosen for 2014. These ladies' thoughts are incredibly encouraging so grab some coffee (maybe just a small cup of coffee… this isn't a very long post), find a good place to read, and enjoy. :) And as always, I'd love to hear your thoughts below!
I have known Brenda for several years since I moved to the Gettysburg area. She is a woman of faith who deeply loves her family. She is also one of the most amazing decorators I have ever seen (You should see her home at Christmas)! Last year Brenda's family suffered the loss of their son. I am so touched by the name she has given 2014: "The Year of Restoration".
Kriston"[The name of my year is] Going Deep: Deep Intimacy, Deep Desire, Deep Hunger, Deep Faith, Deep Breakthroughs. God is showing me how to go to the Higher level that He called me to live when I didn't know how to do that before and now im learning how… 2014 is my year to go deep with God. It is a new season of joy, of breakthrough, of blessings, of so so so much more."
Caitlyn"This year I want to focus on and know what God has in store for myself as well as Brian and I's future. It's such an exciting time! So I feel God wants me to name my year: A Year Of Opportunities. Jesus said in Matthew 7: “ 7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened… 11b how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"
HollyEmbrace- "This year is going to be all about enjoying every opportunity & developing new relationships. There will be a lot of challenges as I adjust to being a wife & living in a new country so far away from everything I know. But God's got this under control so I'm going to embrace everything He sends my way."
Amanda"…Over the past few days I have been praying about this upcoming year. Something God is really laying on my heart is intentional relationships. To me this means more than just spending time with loved ones and friends. It means purposefully seeking out people who need encouragement, prayer, a hug, etc. I want to be intentional in the relationships that I have and in starting new relationships so that my time with others is spent in such a way that we are both being drawn closer to Christ. Hebrews 10:24-25 sticks out to me as I pursue this, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near…".
If you'd like to read more about Amanda's beautiful vision for 2014, you can check out her blog here! Thanks so much to the ladies who shared their hearts here! I can't wait to see how these dreams become reality in the year ahead. So thankful for you all and praying for a powerful and productive week for you, too.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21