2015: Word of the Year Recap


In 2015 my word of the year was strength and oh, boy did God deliver many a trial to grow the strength in me. The verse that went along with my chosen word strength was 2 Corinthians 12: 9- 11...But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

This verse has become my life verse. 

Insults.

Hardships.

Persecutions.

Difficulties. 

From the outside most would think I did not have to deal with any of those things that those ugly words depict. 

Proverbs 4:10 says...Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.

But no one can truly know but myself. 

God's strength was shown in my weakness and because of His strength I became strong. And let me tell you, I know that no one likes insults and persecution but my life has been plagued with it. I always just tried to sweep that nonsense under my pretty colorful welcome mat and allow others in my life halfheartedly knowing that too many has hurt me through their words and actions. But the junk underneath that welcome mat was getting to pile up a bit too much. 

2015...God was so good. So good to give me opportunities to grow in the way that I did. So good to allow my weaknesses to be apparent. So good to allow me to understand that sharing those weaknesses only glorifies the mightiness of the Lord. So good to to give me strength. 

I cleaned out my mess underneath that welcome mat and truly allowed people into my life wholeheartedly. I'll admit I was expecting heartache from losing some friends or individuals who I thought could be friends but I never experienced it. I came to this amazing conclusion that if people didn't like me for the authentic self that I presented on a daily basis displaying my weaknesses, my strengths, my loves, my faith, my happiness and everything else that makes Shelbey Kendall, Shelbey Kendall that I didn't want them as a friend either. 

You grow as a person because of the people that you surround yourself with. If I was to surround myself with people who didn't support, love and encourage the woman that I am then I didn't want them in my life because those people stifle growth. They don't love you for who you are. They don't provide nourishing friendships that promote growth in yourself and growth in your faith. They don't allow your weaknesses to be His strength. 

I've had those friendships and you know what? They totally suck. 

They drain you. They hurt you. They make you want to put up a front when it comes to interacting with people and we were not called by God to put up fronts. We were called to be the person He created us to be fully.  

Come at me now people with your insults and your persecutions! I've got the strength of the Lord in me because my weaknesses, they are His strength and His strength is within me. I truly feel stronger than I ever have felt. 

I mean...don't come with me if you really don't have to. 

Unnecessary action to test me on this awesome strength is truly not needed. 

But I know that I can handle it and that is the most empowering part of learning how to use God's strength in your life and not your own. 

For when you drop all your fronts... 

For when you allow your mess to be seen... 

For when you show others your weaknesses, God's strength shows up. 

He makes you strong and with that strength comes confidence. You become confident in a way that allows you to be your true self that God created you to be. Confident that God made you to be this amazing person to change the world for His good and His greatness. Confident that God gave you incredible purpose to change lives. Confident that God has bigger plans for you than you ever imagined.

2015 was good. Focusing on the little word of strength changed my life forever.   

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