For the last few years, I have picked a word for myself at the beginning of every year. Last year my word was strength and I could have never imagined how true that word would be in my life. Last year I got stronger mentally and physically. I wasn’t sure I was going to pick a word this year but one day while I was praying and after having a conversation with my husband. The word freedom kept coming up over and over. Freedom is my word for this year.
Freedom has a couple of different meanings for me and my family.
First of all, we are already on track to have freedom in our finances this coming year. Between medical bills and a small amount of debt we still had from when my husband lost his job a few years ago it had weighed us down without realizing it. I really feel like paying these off will give us a huge amount of freedom to give and bless others like we have never been able to before!
The other side of freedom for me personally is working every day to overcome the heaviness of anxiety and all that comes with that. If you deal with anxiety on a daily basis I want you to hear something because I had to really let this statement settle in my thoughts. “Anxiety will always be a part of your life, but you get to choose how you will let it affect you long term.” I know it all too real how anxiety can flood into your life and it feels like you can’t control your emotions and/or thoughts. And if we sit in those feelings/thoughts we will dig ourselves into a bigger hole than we can climb out of on our own. In those times it is important to have someone to talk to and I would encourage you to talk to a counselor or therapist because they will help equip you with the tools that work for you to live a happier and healthier life alongside your anxiety.
This year I will give myself the freedom to be myself. In the past, I’ve always tried to live up to someone else’s expectations believing that they were my expectations. I’m realizing now that my expectations of myself are quite different. Living under someone else’s expectations, I’ve noticed, my confidence was shot, but as I move out of that and into my dreams and expectations for myself my confidence has started to soar in all aspects of my life. I have some new dreams for my life and this is my year to start them. I can’t share yet but make sure to keep up to date with my blog because some of my new dreams may be making an appearance! Y’all I never thought my name and these dreams would be in the same sentence. I am really looking forward to what is to come this year!
I pray that this blog today was an encouragement to you and can help in your daily life. Always know I am available to pray with you or just be someone to talk to when life gets hard. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need prayer!
Talk to you next Monday!