Saturday, January 4, 2014

Fearless: My Word for 2014

While I was sitting in the sanctuary after Mass on Wednesday, a word popped into my head. Fearless. Immediately, I knew that fearless would be my word for 2014.

My entire life I have been afraid. My fears have mainly been about disappointing people and receiving ridicule and scorn.
When I was a girl growing up in my grandparents' home, I spent a lot of time feeling afraid. I lived in fear of my grandmother's degrading tongue and the bullying from a close family member. In school, I worried about what my teachers thought of me and wondered if my peers liked me. It was very hard for me to make friends. Thankfully, I made a few life long friends and met the love of my life. 

Through my Catholic faith and love and support of my husband and my close friends, I have been able to gain some confidence and set some of those worries to rest, but not completely. I was able to start this blog because I wanted to document my life with my family and because I have a strong desire to write. I have documented many things here over the last three years but in a haphazard and distracted way. Fear kept me from fully sharing my thoughts, hopes, and plans for myself and my family. I continued to write about those things but in a notebook. It is very easy to write what is on my mind in a notebook. I can rip it out, tear it up, and throw it all away before anyone else reads it and tells me I am wrong or silly or both. 

This year I will work on leaving my fear behind me and building confidence in all areas of my life. I hope to make this blog what I originally wanted it to be; a place to share news of my family with friends and family that we do not get to see often. Also, I want to write about ideas and issues that have been on my mind. 

The Bible has a lot to say about being fearless. Every couple of weeks I am going to pick a verse to memorize and study. My first verse is Deuteronomy 31:6, "Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you." 

From the first moment that the word fearless entered my head, I felt excited. Which I found strange. Before, I would have wondered about the trials that I may need to overcome this year. Instead, I found myself thinking, "Yes, I am ready. Lord, help me to be courageous." 


  1. Great word! I hope it all works for you this year. =)

  2. You go, girl! (I like that word--I could use a little more fearless in my life, too. :))


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