Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Verse, Not Word

Hello Friends! Long time, I know!

To catch you up with what's been going on in my neck of the woods-I moved!! Yep, but this time I stayed in the same town. We had been renting a condo until our home sold in Texas and until we could find a home for us here. Well, we did. We closed on our new home early December and started the grueling task of moving everything ourselves-ugh!! (If you plan on moving yourself, please for the love of everything good in this world save your back, your time, and your energy and don't buy a home with stairs!)

We got everything moved in and before we knew it, it was Christmas time, then New Years, and well, time has a way of stopping when everyone is on break and then when it's over you wonder where the time went.

I've missed you and this space and having been praying a lot over not only the direction of this blog but my life in general. I'm getting glimpses here and there and it's exciting to know God has a purpose and plan for my life. I just want it to happen NOW, you know? But wait I must and so I will.

Have you picked a word for 2015 yet?

I've thought a lot about it and could not settle on one word, instead I'm going for a verse this year.

Deuteronomy 31:6 keeps popping up and with what the future may or may not hold, I think it will be a good verse for me to remember and hold tight to.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them (insecurities, doubts, fears, naysayers) for the Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)

One of my goals for the New Year is to stay more focused on God and what He's saying to me. To be grounded in His word and who He says I am.

The more I focus on Him the less afraid I will be to run my race. The more I stop trying to look so far into the future and focus on what's in front of me each day, the less afraid I will be to keep moving.

Also,I have a new series gearing up next week that I'm really excited about and hope you will join me as I dive into the topic of health, healing, and fitness. This is one of the things I feel God has laid on my heart for the new year and want to share all I have learned with you and still learning.

**I want to leave you with this song. I'm sure you've heard it but the truths ring loud and clear. I pray as we make our way through another year we will look less and less like this world and more like Him. Look to Him for our direction, strength, and wisdom.

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace."

Joining over at Three Word Wed, #TellHisStory, Soli deo Gloria, and Thought-Provoking Thursday


  1. Welcome back, lovely friend! You've been missed around here! And congrats on your new home. What a way to kick off 2015 ...

  2. Hey, Linda! I was just thinking about you and that I needed to hop over to see what you were up to. Great minds think a like ;)

  3. Ahhh...health, healing and fitness - I look forward to reading those posts! Coming by from SDGS and look forward to reading more of your blog.

  4. I look forward to reading your heath series. It's not the focus of my blog, but a big focus in my life. Thanks for sharing! I have been working on defining my blog and the purpose and direction He wants me to take. Good things to do! Blessings!

  5. I love this:
    "The more I focus on Him the less afraid I will be to run my race. The
    more I stop trying to look so far into the future and focus on what's in
    front of me each day, the less afraid I will be to keep moving."
    It speaks to me on many levels, and especially so since my One Word is "now." Your verse reminds me of that too. God is present in THIS; I need not be afraid. Thanks for sharing, Alecia.

    Hope you're settling in well in your new home!

  6. What a great verse to choose! Brave and courageous are great words for you. :) I'm glad you linked up at #ThreeWordWednesday today.

  7. Love that verse!!! And I agree to be more focused on what he is saying in 2015!!! Great post :D

  8. Love that verse! love the encouragement! We don't have to fear, we are never alone!


    congrats on the move. :)

  9. Thanks, Marie! I'm so behind on the care group. I will do better in January now that the move and holidays are behind us :)

  10. Hey girl! How are ya? Looking forward to connecting with you more in 2015!

  11. Aww, thanks Kristin! It will be a busy, full year. I'm very thankful!

  12. Yes! Focusing on this moment and letting the future take care of it's self. Something I need to remind myself often of. Thanks for dropping in, Lisa! :)

  13. I hope you will find something useful out of the information I have planned to share!
    And oh, yes, trying to define and figure out the direction of your blog. Seems to be something I'm always reevaluating myself :)

  14. Thanks for stopping by! I'm so excited about the series, and I don't do series ;) I hope you will come by and check them out and hopefully find them useful.

  15. I love that you chose a verse for your year! This sentence really resonated with me: The more I focus on Him, the less afraid I will be to run my race. I think for me, too, the more I focus on Him, the less I worried I am about what people think about my race.

  16. I have missed you, always checking, where did she go? Glad to see you sold your home, and into a new one. yah! You know, I have my word, and God plopped a verse to go right along with the word. I think with this verse the being strong and courageous part comes by drawing closer to Him. You know? Look forward to your new series!

  17. Alecia,
    Welcome back & Congrats on your new home...hope your back has recovered :-) This sentence resonated with me: "The more I stop trying to look so far into the future and focus on
    what's in front of me each day, the less afraid I will be to keep
    moving." Yep...Great verse, Deut. 31:6...Happy New Year :-)

  18. Hi, Alecia. Dropping by here from #bloggercare. :)

    My verse every year is still "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
    But my theme for the year is Breakthroughs and Boldness. I wish you great things this 2015. I hope to read more from you.
    Keep the encouragement coming here. We need more of that. ;)

  19. Love your verse - what a promise to cling to. And your song - used to sing it at bedtime to my son every night. Poor kid. ;) God in His exceeding abundance gave me a word and a verse this year. Brave. "Watch. Stand fast in faith. Be brave. Be strong" 1 Cor. 16:13. It always amazes me that He impresses these things on our heart with such singularity - they stand out, like the promise was written just for us. Can't wait to see the reason He wants me brave. Much like you, I want it today! But I wait. Looking forward to getting glimpses of what He'll do through you and your amazing gifts. Blessings!

  20. Happy New Year, Alecia! Love your verse. May God bless you in your new home and fill your year up with sweet memories. Hugs

  21. That verse brought me much comfort last year. It's one of my faves now. Looking forward to your series, friend. So good to be here reading your words again. Much love. xoxo

  22. Absolutely!! :D We need to catch up soon!!

  23. Happy New Year Alecia! I love the verse that you are focusing on this year.

  24. Wonderful post, Alecia! I'm praying you will have an awesome God-breathed year. May you step out in faith, knowing God is with you every step of the way. Thank you for all your support of Circles of Faith...and for sharing your post with us! Oh this song...I don't know if I've heard it, but this is a beautiful rendition!


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