Hey y'all! If you're here for the link up, welcome! My name is Bailey and this is my first year participating in the One Little Word workshop, and I am one of your co-hosts for the first of the monthly blog hops. The linking tool is down below with instructions of how to add your post :)
For you regular followers of Anchored in Love Divine, let me tell you a little about this project! One Little Word is a workshop by Ali Edwards that spans the course of a year. Participants choose one word to explore in their life and through their album. According to Ali, "You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities." Each month we are given a prompt and pages to put together in our album, displaying and discovering new aspects of our word. It's been ages since I have scrapbooked, but I've been wanting to jump back into it. Last year was my first time to have a "word of the year" and it is one of the most memorable parts of 2013! I am eager to see how this workshop impacts my year and what I discover along the way.
You & Your Word: Bailey Jean & Surrender
For my new friends and visitors, let me introduce myself. My name is Bailey Jean and Anchored in Love Divine is my little corner of the internet. I am passionate about Jesus, creating meaningful theatre, finding inspiration in the day to day, sharing pieces of my heart on Instagram, and each and every Anthropologie candle ;) I am a graduate of Baylor University (sic 'em bears!), a Texas girl through and through, and a recent Seattle transplant. I enjoy long walks around the lake, sweet tea any day of the year, and bright yellow sunflowers. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and my word for the year is absolutely included in that.
Last year I asked the Lord for a word to hold onto, pray through, and trust Him with for the year. He said "hope" and "adventure". This year I had my word figured out, something pretty and powerful, then it got turned upside down. He said "SURRENDER" with the utmost clarity, and I began to quake. I thought "Surrender isn't uplifting! I feel like I'm being torn down... Not exactly a great start to the year." But I'm swiftly learning that surrender can be sweet.
It's a release, a giving up of claim and control and that is EXACTLY what I've been asking for. It's going to be messy but it's going to be meaningful. I can trust Him to walk me through this season. All those things I'm afraid to surrender? That's even further proof that i need to let go. To me, surrender evokes the image of waving a white flag or throwing my hands up in the air. The latter image points straight to the act of worship, another release. Sometimes I physically have to release my hold on parts of my life and lift bare hands to the sky. I am not in control, and I can trust the One who is.
Surrender isn't easy for me. I'm a girl with a plan, a color-coded calendar, and a vision. When the spyglass sees only fog, I cling to the wheel of my ship and look for the clearest path, even if it veers off course. That should be a red flag right there. Surrender is going to and needs to happen in several areas in many different ways. Be it surrendering my comfort zone, surrendering my comfort foods, or surrendering my "need" for comfort at all costs. Yikes, I get nervous just saying that. But God is good and He's pointing me in the right direction.
Romans 1:16 in the amplified version says "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God's power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a CONFIDENT SURRENDER and firm reliance..." The good news, the Word of God, is worth surrendering to this year. It's worth it every year. Hopefully that's where I'm headed, confident in my surrender, in my choice to say "Yes" to His plans. Surrender is going to be a challenge, but it is also thrilling to know that this year isn't up to me. I'm already seeing evidence of a change and hope to pursue it further.
So that is how I chose SURRENDER. I want to make my word visible, tangible, and meaningful this year. Plus I am so excited to read about each of you and to learn why you chose your word! The link up tool and instructions are below. I've even included a button you can snag and put on your sidebar/ at the bottom of your blog post that will link back to this page. Have a happy Monday, dears!