There seems to be an awful lot of chatter this month about "Your one word for 2015".

This year, I decided to do something different. I decided not to have "one word" for 2015. I think there are many words for us to focus on that He might whisper to us throughout the year.

New Years day when I woke up, a song was on my heart. The moment I opened my eyes that morning, I felt like it was the perfect song to start a new year.

Just to know You and
To make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

I started thinking how I'm not getting any younger. These days I've been given and blessed with are truly a gift. How I use them is up to me. I don't want to just survive in the mundane tasks of everyday life.

I WAS made to thrive!


Webster's dictionary defines it:  to grow or develop successfully: to flourish or succeed

It was like a cool drink of water to my parched spirit. The words spoken to me in this song.
And it helps that it's a pretty upbeat catchy tune too! (smile).

So, as everyone was making resolutions and finding their words, I threw back my head, and raised my arms high. 

Jesus, I want more than just to survive! Give me the wisdom and show me how to thrive. I'm tired of just living to get by.  I want to see my life thrive and truly Lord I want to thrive on you and you alone! 

When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; 
Proverbs 29:2

I dug deep and got a plan. Yes, it was my plan but, He is blessing this plan. I've been waking up at 4:45 each morning pulling on my sneakers and sweats, and exercising like I used to. I've been drinking lots of water, eating more veggies and fruit. I still love my chocolate but, I only have a small piece and I've found it's enough.

I feel so much better only two weeks in. my energy is back, my muscles are a bit cranky at me but, that goes with the territory right?

Even so, this doesn't just apply to me and doing some renovations on this temple.
This applies to other aspects of my life and even yours, if you've found yourself living a bit too complacently.

How many times do I set foot out of bed, and begin my day just talking to Jesus, when other less important things pop into my head, only to distract me from my quiet time?

My mind flitting from long lost memories, to what we're having for dinner that night, to a conversation I had two days earlier (how I woulda, shoulda, coulda handled it better).

I don't want to be a go through the motions mama in my walk with Christ. I want a living, breathing, holy spirit infested relationship with Him. 
Not just a Heya God, bless me, bless my family... Oh, and bless so and so that I promised I would pray for them a week ago but keep forgetting to because I keep getting distracted.... 

What about relationships? Don't you want to thrive there too?

I know I do! I want to be the mama that my growing boy needs, the wife that my hubby deserves, the daughter my parents need (now that they are older and might need me to step in and help them). I want to be the friend that really listens to you without checking my phone every ten minutes or so.. 

So this year, right now I'm resting in Him and asking him to renew me and help me thrive in all that I set my heart and my hands to.

Because you see, "Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant." ~ Maya Angelou

The song that currently inspires me, Thrive by Casting Crowns. 

Linking today with Bonnie Gray

Holley Gerth

After all that coffee talk I suddenly feel the need for a skinny mocha! ;)

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  1. I saw Casting Crowns in concert when they played this song! Love how you related thriving to different areas in your life. Thriving IS elegant and it looks beautiful on you. May your thriving year be all you expect and so much more as you devote your purposes to Him! Blessings!

  2. I absolutely love that song! So full of hope and promise. It is one of the songs on my playlist that I listen to when I need some encouragement.
    May you, dear one, be encouraged - that this is the year to thrive.
    P.S. - I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog and share your thoughts. I am newly sharing my journey of healing from abuse. Hope to connect with you soon :)

  3. I love these longings, prayer, and the song, Krista! I, too, long to thrive, not merely survive. "I want a living, breathing, holy spirit infested relationship with Him." Me, too! Thank you for understanding the deep longings of my heart. Hugs!