It took me a little longer than usual to come up with my word for this year. In the fall, the word PERSEVERE kept coming up. And persevere I did. The definition of persevere is to "continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success." This doesn't quite conjure up excitement in me. It's more like dragging heavy boots through deep snow in the bitter cold, hoping that the road won't go on forever and that there might be a nice fire and a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows at the end. (I'm a California girl, but I did live in Minnesota for a while, so I know this cold I speak of. Minnesota nice is a real thing.. but so is Minnesota cold!)

Isaiah 30:18 says, "The Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him." 

In the last month or so, I've felt that things are beginning to shift. I'm so ready to move into all that God has for us this year. 

I've decided that my word for this year is TRANSITION. Transition is defined as "the process of changing from one state or condition to another." I'm declaring this as a year of change for our family. Good things are ahead and I can hardly wait! 

There are two songs that have stood out to me during Sunday morning worship times and I have to declare them over our family for this year.

The first is "Turn it Around" by Israel and New Breed. Here are the lyrics:

all things are possible for You

all things are possible

nothing's too difficult for You

nothing's too difficult


I'm ready for change 

ready for rain

ready for favor

I know You're able to


turn it around

open the windows of Heaven

pour out a blessing 


turn it around

open the windows of Heaven

pour out a blessing 

we cannot contain

let it rain  let it rain


You have turned my mourning to dancing

You've turned my sorrow to joy

You have turned my whole life around

and I thank You Lord I thank You Lord

2015! Ready for change! Ready for rain! Ready for favor!

The other song that really caught my attention is "You Have Called Me Higher" by All Sons & Daughers.

The lyrics:

I could just sit

I could just sit and wait for all Your goodness

hope to feel Your presence

and I could just stay 

I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel You

hope to feel something again


and I could hold on

I could hold on to who I am and never let You

change me from the inside

and I could be safe

I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home

never let these walls down


but You have called me higher

You have called me deeper

and I'll go where You will lead me Lord

You have called me higher

You have called me deeper

and I'll go where You will lead me Lord

where You lead me

where You lead me Lord


and I will be Yours

I will be Yours for all my life

so let Your mercy light the path before me


I've been doing an online Bible study by Havilah Cunnington called I Do Hard Things (it's free!).  It's so so good. Day 5 is all about taking the next step and giving it your full attention. I took so many notes on this day in particular.. I encourage you to click over and watch the video for yourself.  Seriously. So good.

Sometimes God asks us to be still and know that He is God, trusting that He is in control and we are not forgotten. And then He calls us to climb out and move forward. It's time to move from surviving to thriving. 

A friend sent this to me a few days ago from The Passion Translation's Facebook page. She encouraged me to decree this over my family (and I encourage you to do the same!):

It's time to decree a blessing over your family, your finances and your future! The enemy has made decrees over you but so has God. Agree with your Creator.


Father, I decree over everyone reading this today that they will have blessing resting over their families. They will experience more love and breakthrough in their family than ever before. 


I decree over their finances that limitation and lack will be broken off in 2015. I decree their generosity will rise, their wisdom will rise, their savings will rise, their breakthrough will flood into their finances! I decree over their lives that the future will become exciting and alluring not filled with anxiety, full of opportunities not opposition, dreams coming true, not dashed to the ground.


Lord, I speak these decrees over them by faith believing that the God of Mercy will blanket them, your precious people with a grace that is super-abundant and super-energized to bring it to pass.





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