2016 … fear or faith?

adventure vs plans


January 1st, time for my words for the year, and this year I have known my words well in advance.

Last year was an amazing experience, a year of saying ‘yes’, and doing things even though I was afraid. A year of finding in the small power of a ‘yes’, the stretching of my soul, the expanding of my capacity.

I found that when I prayerfully say ‘yes’ to the right things I grow. It’s hard but goodness I grow. And I love it. I love that last year was not a static year for me, that it was a year of growth and expansion.

So this year my phrase for the year is ‘fear or faith’ because in the end that is what it comes down to.

Am I going to live my life afraid, or am I going to live my life in trust and take that step, however big or small?

And let’s be clear, for me, last year faith was sometimes saying a big scary ‘yes’ like going to Cambodia.

But there were other ‘yeses’ that might seem small to you but were huge to me. Like when someone asked me “so, are you a writer?” and I said “yes”. Massive step for me!

However, I am not approaching 2016 with a take no prisoners approach to fear, saying yes to everything that comes my way. I know for myself and my family that is ridiculous. I need to have boundaries and carefully consider what to say ‘yes’ to.

That’s where the faith comes in. In conversation with my family, friends and God, choosing what the faith steps will be.

Last year I started the year with what I thought was a well- structured thought out plan. And that plan was so quickly turned on its head. So this year, although I do have plans. I am putting them in the hands of the one who knows much better than I and trying/learning/hoping to trust him in that.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

2016 … fear or faith?

I’m choosing faith.

Join me for the journey,


PS – check out my pinterest board fear or faith for more 2016 inspiration.

2 thoughts on “2016 … fear or faith?

  1. A perfect approach, Jodie.

    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    There’s a balance here. We make plans, but God knows the big picture better than we do. We also have to make the best choices with the knowledge we have and then trust the outcomes to God.


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