This journey has been so hard for me. I am one of those people who likes to ditch the instruction manual, and figure it out myself. However, this gets me into trouble in other situations. So working through this book, step by step, digging into how I feel at this moment, asking myself the scary questions, and taking the time to pray about decisions has been huge for me. It’s a giant leap in the right direction. I finally feel ready to tell you my first goal for this year.
But first let’s dive into the word for this year. I’ve had this word on my mind for quite some time, and everything I do this year will be centered around:
This isn’t kind of rest isn’t inactivity, it’s all faith based. I want to rest in the promises of God, trust in Him completely. When you are at rest you are at peace, you’re not worrying about tomorrow or the future. You are wholly, and completely trusting in God.
Here are some scripture references to rest:
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
— Exodus 33:14
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
— Matthew 11: 28-30
Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
— Exodus 34:21
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
— Psalms 46:10
For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
— Jeremiah 31:25
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, theLord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
— Isaiah 40: 28-31
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
— Psalms 4:8
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
— Psalms 91:1
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels
— II Thessalonians 1:7
Even though all these verses may not have the word rest in them, they are telling me that I need to trust God. That’s the kind of rest I’m talking about. No matter what my circumstances may look like, and no matter how I feel I have to rest in those promises. He will never leave me or forsake me.
The radical thing I am attempting to do this year is really simple, it’s to conquer my fears.
I am not sure how it happened, but I have become paralyzed by fear. This year I really want to break that vicious cycle of inactivity due to being fearful.
I named my fears out loud, so now it’s time to take those baby steps forward. The first step I’ve already taken is working on a project that has been on my mind for a while now. I wanted to start a Book to Photograph project implementing my skills with composite photography. The first of the series will debut later this year, and I will have a major announcement about that later.
I’ve always felt like my work isn’t good enough, and felt self-conscious about getting this type of project underway. As I am starting it though, I feel like this tremendous weight has been lifted. There’s something really powerful about facing fear head on.
And again while I am facing these fears, it all comes back to that one word for this year: REST. Resting in God’s promises no matter how scary a situation may look.
In conclusion to this blog post, I wanted to share with you one of my goals I have wrote out so far.
**To pursue the creative talent God has given me,
-Glamour, and Senior Photography
-Creating video content
And to use it all for a purpose.
Slowly working along side the Making Things Happen: The Book, has allowed me to really think about the goals I want to work toward. I’m not just writing down goals mindlessly, but really thinking about the impact they will not only have on me, but others.
Right now, I would really love it if you would share what are some things you are doing differently this year?
Are you doing something ‘radical’ to make real change happen in your life? Or do you have a few purposeful goals already for this year?
Leave a comment down below. I would love to see how you are doing.
Stay tuned next Tuesday as I wrap up this series by sharing most of my goals with you, and some things I’ve learned at Lara Casey’s, ‘Making Things Happen Powersheets Webinar’.
Stay beautiful my friends.