Every year for a few years now, I have thought about what word I want encapsulate where I see myself going, where I hope I’ll be closer to in the months to come.

Last year, I chose two words and a phrase, bad writer I was!

healing

peace

not-caring-what-people-think-of-me

Looking back, I am fascinated that these are what I chose.  I have healed more in this year of my life than any other year.  My life and my home are filled with more peace than at any time in my life prior to now.  And I was hit upside the head time and again with opportunities to learn to not care what people think of me.  (That one, still working on.)

This year’s word that I’ve chosen for myself:

FREEDOM

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This hits so many aspects for me.

I want to be free of obsessive thoughts.

I want to be free of other people’s opinions of me.

I want to be free to be who God really created me to be.

I want to be free in what I say and write.  (Some might argue I’m already too free with that!)

I want to be free to accept that how I design my life might be different than how our manic culture does but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

I want to be free of the horrible words that have been spoken to me.

I want to be free of the compulsion to be liked.

I have a feeling I could go on and on.  So I’ll just say this:

In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].
 –Galatians 5:1 (Amp)-

What’s your one word?