12.31.2014

Power Words: From FAITH to COURAGE

A couple of years ago I started the tradition of picking a power word for the year. In fact, I started with STRENGTH and last year I selected FAITH.

My intent was to have more FAITH in my training and myself but I am still in awe on how much FAITH did play into 2014. It went way beyond my running and training and into my spiritual life in a deeper and more meaningful way. I never imagined that my FAITH in God would blossom and take a stronger foothold in my life. I never imagined I would start blogging more about my FAITH. I was always too afraid of venturing into potentially sensitive areas.

I am a Libra and a middle child so keeping the peace is a strong element of my personality. Don't stir up too much trouble, be accepting, and go with the flow. But sometimes I think we do need to stir up the good stuff and not all flows are good. That is why this year I was leaning towards selecting the power word COURAGE. My FAITH was blossoming, my STRENGTH as a woman, mother, runner had blossomed, but I still felt fear. I needed COURAGE.

But still I feared selecting that as my power word. I had doubts. So I went to the Lift Your Sole website to check out their brag bars. I know this sounds crazy but in 2013 I got a brag bar with the word STRENGTH on it. In 2014 I got a charm with the word FAITH. It seemed logical to pick out a charm that I can wear in 2015 and no, I didn't wear FAITH all year in 2014. Sometimes I opted for STRENGTH, some days I did need my FAITH, and some days I had no power word strung around my neck.

And what did I discover at Lift Your Sole? Not only did they have a brag bar that said COURAGE, it was on sale! If that isn't divine intervention at work, I don't know what is. It confirmed what I was doubting. I now had the FAITH that COURAGE was to be my power word for 2015.

So today I sit before you typing with COURAGE telling you my goals for 2015.

I am going to blog with more purpose. I want to get structured with daily themes (Motivational Mondays, Tuesdays Tunes, Friday Favorites). I am sticking with my Daily Gratitude but the Daily Affirmation will be replaced with a Daily Bible Verse. I don't feel I need to remind myself of my strengths anymore and that can always be tied into gratitude if I need a reminder.

I have the FAITH and STRENGTH I need. Now I just need the COURAGE to stand up and tell the world that I believe in God. That I believe He has a purpose for me in life. That I believe running and blogging is part of my purpose. That I believe He matched me perfectly with Toby. That I was meant to run for Down syndrome awareness and now, I need to stand up and have the COURAGE to tell the world I also run for God because I honestly believe without Him there is no way I would have been able to run 1,098 consecutive running days and over 5,000 streak miles.

But COURAGE is not just for my running. I will have the COURAGE to make my home a better
home. I will have the COURAGE to say things are not all bliss with dear hubby. I will have the COURAGE to say I have failed him. I will have the COURAGE to make things better, to continue to pray, to love unconditionally, and to give love even when my heart is hurting. I will have the COURAGE to raise darling daughter and to guide her along her own spiritual growth. I will have the COURAGE to stand up for what I believe in and the COURAGE to not give up when things are feel tough and perhaps impossible. I will remember my STRENGTH, I will keep my FAITH, and I will have COURAGE.

What is your power word for 2015?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful God has blessed me daily with my running streak.
Daily Bible Verse: Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." ~ 1 Peter 3:13-14

19 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if it would be MAINTAIN or STRENGTH....

    MAINTAIN: I'm about to enter the weight maintenance phase of my journey.
    STRENGTH: I've already switched from primarily cardio workouts to lifting. I'm slowly gaining strength.

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    1. What two wonderful options for power words! Great job on your accomplishments.

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  2. Courage is a beautiful word to act on!
    Strength is a word that means so much to me though (i.e. my blog name!). It has so much power and holds so much possibility!

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    1. I will never let go of the strength in my life. :)

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  3. oh I love the idea of picking a word for the year. I have to think of one and get back to you! Happy New Year :)

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    1. Can't wait to hear what you choose!

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  4. Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not see... What beautiful words to be your POWER words. You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your journey and I look forward to reading all of the great things in store for 2015. My power word for 2014 was FOCUS. 2015 I believe it will be DETERMINATION and BELIEVE!

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    1. Believe is a good word! Happy New Year and thanks for the support.

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  5. yeahhh courage! that was my word for part of 2014 and you know what it served me well, I think like you I wasn't afraid per say but I needed to just put myself out there and have the faith that it would work out

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    1. Awesome words of wisdom. Faith is indeed tied to courage in so many ways.

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  6. LOVE it! Great choice. Mine is reinvention.

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    1. I may have to remember that one for 2016! Happy New Year!

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  7. LOVE! I have decided that my word for 2015 is BALANCE... but my POWER word is ABIDE ;)

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  8. My power word for 2015: Relentless. My theme for 2015: Forgiveness. It's going to be a great year, I just know it. Happy 2015!!!!

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    1. The ability to forgive is so important. Have a great year!

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  9. My power word will have to be LOVE. Love all things that I do and have no regrets. Yes, that's my word.

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  10. Great word!! I love it!! My word is perseverence. I am trying to accomlish some big goals and I feel it fits!

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  11. I love your word choice. This year my word would be RECIPROCATE. I want to give back as much as I get both personally an on social media. Cheers to a great 2015!

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