Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014: On being OPEN

There have been many posts the past few days about starting a new year, resolutions, promises, name it.
I am choosing to focus on one word: OPEN.  (See other ideas at oneword365.)
I want to be open to whatever this new year brings.  Open to wherever it is God leads my heart.  Open to the needs of others.  Open to new adventures, activities, events.
If I truly live with this one word guiding my heart, my decisions this year, I can imagine it will be a year of many new possibilities, in all aspects of my life: with my personal choices, professionally, with my friendships, with my independent business, in our marriage.  This makes me excited.......and a little hesitant.
Because being open to what God will have me do often calls for following complete faith and trust....and I don't always like that.  I like having some type of control.  Even if it's imaginary in the sense that I actually do have control.
Because I don't.  None of us do.  Sure, we can make our own decisions and choices, but it's only through the free will that is given us by our Creator.  And He knows what our choices will be, even before we know what our options are.
So, I hope you'll check back every so often to see how I'm doing living this life of being open.  I can't wait to share my incredible, blessed, OPEN life with you in 2014!


  1. Thank you for sharing, Amy. My word is also Open (I found you via our tribe). I'm pretty terrified of learning how to open myself primarily because I have become a pro at closing people out. However, through the pain there will be growth which is the beauty of an adventurous journey. Let's stay in touch with our journeys this year as we both learn to open ourselves to what the Lord has for us. After all, I don't believe in coincidences and focusing on the same word for the year seems divine to me. May He guide you evermore to Himself as you discover how to be open to His calling on your life.

    1. Hi Hannah!
      What a blessing to read your comments and thoughts!! Open is exciting, and scary, and difficult, yet imagining all the growth and possibilities that come with it can be oh-so-worth it! I look forward to sharing this journey with you this year!! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I'm so glad you kept that word, Amy. It'll be a great one for you, I just know it.

    1. Thank you, my friend! You inspire me in so many ways to be open. I appreciate your courage and vulnerability! And your friendship!