Hello 2013. Be Free: Spread Your Wings and Fly.

2013 is here!! Since 2012 was an amazing year full of celebrating and goodness, in many ways it was hard to pick my word for the year, but a while ago this little word snuck its way into my heart anyway.  Of course, at the last minute, I tried to bargain and find a “better” word, but I kept coming back to this one.  I’m praying and expectant for another amazing journey of a year with God full of all sorts of twists, turns, mountaintops, valleys, and mostly Him!  And so without further ado, I introduce to you all my word for 2013!

Hello 2013. Be Free: Spread Your Wings and Fly.


Expectations, assumptions, should’s, and so much more tempt me each day to live under their guilt, weight, and pressure.  For too long have I bowed to the expectations of others and embraced my people pleasing personality instead of my God-pleasing self.  I want to live full of freedom in Christ.  God doesn’t want me to do things out of obligation, but out of love.  The truth sets us free.  Life isn’t meant to be a long list of rules or to feel like a prison.  Life is meant to be lived to the full and lived abundantly.  Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!  Freedom is calling. My 2013 challenge is to spread my wings and learn how to fly free.  A challenge to not conform to the world or to who other people want me to be.  Instead, I can me be me. Perfect, unique, God-made me.  Beautiful, messy, glorious me.  Time to be free and let God show me what a life of God-given freedom looks like.

I will be “free” by embracing God’s purposes instead of my own or other people’s.

            -I will be led by the Holy Spirit each day by spending time in prayer. 

            -I will let go of assumptions or expectations that aren’t from God. 

            -I will enjoy where God has placed me. 

I will live in the freedom of the truth.

            -I will spend time learning and reading God’s truth each day.

            -I will memorize God’s truths.

            -I will write, read, and share about God’s truth. 

I will be free to chase dreams and goals God has set in my heart

            -I will run a race with my husband.

            -I will write and create something every month. 

            -I will go overseas.

            -I will finish graduate school.

Bucket type list just for fun of other goals/dreams:

  1. Keep a 2013 memory jar
  2. Bike 100 miles in a day
  3. Go to Duluth
  4. Go to at least 3 concerts
  5. Go skiing or snowboarding
  6. Float down a river
  7. Go to a drive-in movie
  8. Have a game night
  9. Cook a new recipe once a month
  10. Keep a budget
  11. Do something sweet for our anniversary
  12. Read a book a month
  13. Do something very messy
  14. Have a nerf gun war
  15. Have a water balloon fight
  16. Go on a picnic
  17. Climb a tree
  18. Fly a kite
  19. Carve a pumpkin
  20. Make a fort
  21. Finish a puzzle
  22. Go to a new State Park
  23. Keep track of how many miles I run
  24. Do something out of the ordinary
  25. Finish a race I haven’t before (rollerblade marathon, olympic tri, color run, warrior dash, etc.)