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Bye 2017, Hello 2018

Do you feel that? It’s a New Year bursting on the scene. I feel it. I smell it. Everything within wants to follow it. New found hope is about to bust out and I think i like it!

Many of you are so incredibly over the hard-fought battles of 2017. You are ready for your fresh start. Before we sweep 2017 under the rug, can we stop for a moment and allow it to be our teacher first? It would be a mistake to not allow our struggles to teach us a lesson or two that we can bring into 2018- like a trophy of grace. My personal challenge to you as we close this chapter would be to ask God what He wants to teach you from 2017. We lift up our sleeves and see the scars that no one else sees, but we know they’re there. Let’s carry with us the truths from them- that God has brought us through another year. Some of us feel weary from battle- we drag our war-torn bodies over the finish line, thirsty for a fresh start. If that’s you, my bruised friend, my hope for you is that God will whisper ever so gently… that His mercies are new… fresh. That He alone can speak into those places that feel weary and battered, and that He will remind you and I once again, that He has fresh living water, ready to pour it out on all who come to Him. And that we can enter a place of rest when we enter His presence.

Matthew 11:28 (NLT)- Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)- “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

I have encountered many skeptical hearts on social media lately- they call themselves the rebels. I hear them chant, “No new words for the new year, forget the resolutions, no goal-setting.” And I get it. I understand their disillusioned hearts- the heart that has been burned and discouraged from all the many years of goal-setting and broken dreams. But I still hear His call… His call to dream, His call to new beginnings, His call to fresh vision…. And it whispers into my tired heart, Come away with Me and dream for my mercies are new every morning.. and I am not only intrigued by His whispers, I am hungry for more.

Call them whatever you want- dreams, visions, goals, resolutions- I call it a hope for a new year with some direction to spur me on to more with Him. But in order to not become disenfranchised, I need to make peace with 2017.

My Mantra: Let it go and shake it off

Dear 2017,

I write this to make peace with you so I can move forward and dream in 2018. I cannot carry into my new year any baggage of the previous year. As the popular Frozen song shouts, I’m letting go. I forgive those who have hurt me. I forgive those who either willingly or perhaps unknowingly have offended or hurt me. I let it go and shake it off. I will allow 2017 to be my greatest of teachers. Those things that are unfinished from 2017, I shake it off. I did would I could and whatever I didn’t do, I didn’t do. Instead of beating myself over the head about it, I make peace with it because I am not perfect, and my plan in moving forward is to not carry it with me into the new year. It’s time for a fresh start. I will dream new dreams and have new visions for the New Year. I also carry with me all of the incredible memories I did make in 2017. I will not forget all the things that God did in my life, my family, and our ministry… so many testimonies of God’s faithfulness! So good-bye 2017. Thank you for it all. Now, let’s get to this business of a New Year! 2018- I’m ready for you! Let’s do this!!

Sincerely, forever hopeful, always a dreamer…. Celeste

NEW YEAR, NEW WORD:

Every year I pray about my word for the new year. It’s a word that helps guide me and gives me vision and focus throughout the year. Some people ask me how to get their word. I just start praying about it sometime in December, I see what my previous year looked like, and I ask the Lord to stir something in me for the new year. This was probably the quickest I’ve ever received my word. I wasn’t even in a time of prayer, but was sitting at my desk, working on Christmas cards, and in my spirit I heard RESET. I’m not even joking- I quickly scribbled it down on the back of my address labels and said to myself, “Hmmm… that was strange.” And it stayed with me like scented perfume. I couldn’t shake it. I just knew it, that it was lingering for a reason. And there you have it- my word. I am ready for a reset in my prayer life (Spiritual disciplines), a reset in my physical body (hello treadmill and weights and healthier eating), a reset in my writing goals (already printed my editorial calendar so I can have some focus), a reset in my priorities, and finally, a reset in my home (January will be purge month and I couldn’t be more excited).  #reset #oneword2018

Praying for you, that God will show you a word or words that will help guide and direct you in the new year! If you already have your word, I would love to hear it!!

END OF THE YEAR RESOURCES!!!

Finally, I have found some wonderful resources to help you reflect on the year and start getting excited about the new year. I hope you enjoy these resources as much as I did!

Kristin Bonin’s Dream It, Do it Printables

Lara Casey’s Power Sheets

Jennie Allen’s Dream Guide

Amy Stockstill’s Year in Review

ibloom 10 End of the Year Reflection Questions

My Review of Lara Casey’s PowerSheets-

Just wanted to end this year saying THANK-YOU so much for sticking with me and being an incredible support and encouragement as I have wanted this space to be a place of growth and encouragement for YOU!!! I am looking forward to growing together in 2018!! Happy New Year friends!! Be Blessed!!

 

My Word- 2017

one-word-2017

Every year I get a word that is ‘my word’ for the year. It’s like having a theme-something specific you know the Lord wants you to focus on. It has helped me over the years to have a specific word because my word serves as a guide when life gets overwhelming and I’m struggling to figure out if this thing I ‘could’ do is lining up with my season and what I feel like God wants me to focus on.

Here’s some I found from the past few years:

2014- Authentic Faith

2015- Digging In & Dreaming

2016- Learn

And as I prayed about this year’s word I thought it was intimacy, but then after further study and prayer, I have my word for 2017….Drum roll please……

Relationships. That’s right, relationships. That’s the direction I feel like the Lord is leading me for 2017. Growing closer to God, with my spouse, and my kids. Growing in relationships with our Big Red family- so that we feel more like a family. Growing in relationships with my friends so that I learn how to walk out what it looks like to get closer- like being okay with no make-up days, when I’m overwhelmed days, and overall just being more true to who I am with others and not worrying about if I look tired (because maybe I am) or if I look put together or whatever it is. Authentic and transparent. I want that. Sometimes I stay safe and hidden because it feels easier and it’s less work (I said it)- but I crave closeness. I know that’s how God has wired us.

Hebrews 10:24-25- 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Here’s 3 ways I hope to put my word into action for 2017:

  1. Invest. I always say people before projects but I don’t always live it. People are the most important thing and I want my life to reflect that. I want to invest in the lives of others around me, because I know the investment is worth it. Investing in others produces a closeness with others, a bond, trust, and it just feels good. Sometimes we get so busy and distracted with ‘life’ we often find that we don’t have time for others… but what if we go into 2017 with the mindset that people are life? Same with my kids- I want to be intentional about investing in them this year, not putting everything else the world deems as important in front of them. And my daughter is going to be a senior next year! I won’t get this time back.
  2. Intentional. I want to be intentional about making the phone calls, stopping by for the visit, inviting others over for the coffee, or sitting down and doing something with my kids. I want to ask the Lord each morning, “How can I be intentional today and put others first?” I want to stop making excuses because I‘ve gotten stuck in my comfort zone and set out to connect with those around me.
  3. Initiate. Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook and saw pictures of ladies just having fun together and thought to yourself, “I wish I had a few girlfriends to go see a movie with or have coffee with”? If we want to have better relationships in the new year we need to learn to initiate. We need to stop sitting around waiting for someone to invite us and be the one doing the inviting. Initiate and ask someone to join you for a fun outing. I know it can feel awkward or it might be a stretch outside your comfort zone, but you’ll be so glad you did! You and I need to reach out and initiate that get-together or coffee night, friends game night, family outing, or date night. And if you’ve gotten in a rut at home, initiate a game or movie night or maybe have a night where the kids pick a meal and then they get to cook it. Initiate change!

I know I’m not going to get it right 100% of the time. I’m going to have my days where I just have to follow through on deadlines and get things done. But I also realize that any steps towards bettering the relationships in my life and making them a priority are far better than no steps at all. And I believe that God will honor that and meet me in that place.

I encourage you this year to invest in others, be intentional in putting others first (especially your time with God), and be the one to initiate some things instead of just waiting for things to happen. There will be no greater joy for me than to get to the end of 2017 and know that I have put first things first. When we get to the end of our lives, we don’t get to take any of our things or accolades with us. The most important things that I believe will last for eternity are our relationship with God and our relationships with each other.

Here’s to a brand New Year!

What about you? What’s your word for 2017? I would love to hear it!

At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.” Barbara Bush, Reflections: Life After the White House