At the end of my last post, I talked about choosing a word for 2014. In my case that word is Discover. Before I go on, may I encourage you to choose a word for the new year? We are only six days in to the new year and already God is revealing some amazing things to me so I can attest that it really is worth it!

Discover. You may be wondering how I came up with that word. Well, I'll be perfectly honest here and tell you that I didn't. God did. I was reading a friend's Facebook post about her word for 2014 which reminded me that I wanted to choose a word as well. After about ten minutes of staring blankly at the brick wall in front of me, the word Discover came into my mind and I knew immediately that it was my word.

I didn't know anything about choosing a word before the very end of 2013, but if I had chosen a word for 2013 it would have been Hope. Hope eternal, hope in God, hope that there is something more. The book that I have been inspired to write (which is coming along at an extremely slow snails pace) is built around the idea of hope. Hope was and still is all around me and now that I have hope, I can go on an adventure of discovery!

I can discover, as I did this morning when I looked up the definition of the word "discover" (which is, "to notice or learn, especially by making an effort") that an adventure such as this is going to require effort on my part. It will not be easy sailing the entire way, of this I can be rest assured but to some extent, I welcome the storms because I know that out of the testing they bring comes strength and fortitude in Christ and a deeper understanding of the One Who created me. I will also discover more about myself and develop my self-confidence. These past couple of years have been an interesting journey for no other reason than because I am finally pursuing something that I am passionate about rather than pursuing something that someone else told me I should. This year that journey will continue and I'll learn even more about myself and in doing so, embrace who God has created me to be and learn to love myself wholly.

I also believe that God has set me on a path of discovering my voice through my writing, which is exciting, exhilarating and a little scary, all at the same time! I am finding myself more and more inspired to blog and the main point of my blog is to help me learn to be a better writer so that when I do start my book in earnest, I will have confidence in the writing skills that God has gifted me with.

I am incredibly excited to begin on this journey of discovery in the new year.

Lord, I pray that you would inspire each person reading this with a word or phrase to strive towards in 2014. I pray that as a result of their word or phrase, they would come to know You more intimately. Bring peace into their hearts as they listen for Your voice. In Jesus' Holy Name I pray, Amen!

What word or phrase has God laid on your heart for 2014?


01/10/2014 9:07am

Love your site. Love your heart. Following the "God-sized dreams" website with you. Bless you with your journey on the dreams in your heart. God put them there and He will bring them into fruition (in His time). Jen

01/14/2014 2:48pm

Thank you Jen! Your kind words are a blessing...more than you know. :)


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    Hello! My name is Ashley. I am so glad you are here! My passion is to educate others, specifically in the area of nature, but I am finding more and more that God has given me a gift and a passion for educating others in general. Anyhow, I hope you enjoy yourself while you are here!


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