One Word,  unexpected blessings

Embrace

I don’t usually jump on the trend bandwagon, but I really like the idea of choosing a word to focus on in the new year.

2012 was a year of obvious transition. Marriage, move across the country, new job. Many changes happened.  The change happened and I went with the flow, but I didn’t really have time to process it.

2013 was an in-between year for me because I was processing much of the change from the previous year. It doesn’t mean it was average because it was certainly a year of great fun and adventure. But, overall, it was a year where I thought a lot about where I was and how I got there. In some ways, it was an uncomfortable year, because I didn’t feel at home in my skin or where I lived.

It’s time to embrace 2014. For me, that means:

Embrace who I am.
Embrace where I am at (in life).
Embrace the work that I am doing.
Embrace where I live.
Embrace those around me.
Embrace the love and support that I have right now.
Embrace whatever is to come each day.

The possibilities are endless and I love the idea of embracing.

I wanted to embrace the definition of embrace (ha ha), so here is the official meaning:

: to hold someone in your arms as a way of expressing love or friendship
: to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly
: to use (an opportunity) eagerly              – merriam-webster.com

I also wanted to pair the word with a Scripture verse because the most important thing I could do everyday of my life, is embrace the love of God which has been given to me.

Often verses are taken out of context to fit a word or an idea and I didn’t want to do that.

When I searched, this was the first verse that came up, and although it describes a physical embrace, I think it means so much more…

“But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.” – Genesis 33:4

If you know the story of these two brothers, you know that it comes with a plethora of emotions. A relationship foreshadowed to be challenged before their birth. Two brothers, competing to receive their father’s blessing. The younger chosen over the older. Deception. Anger. Hurt feelings. Fear.

This one verse expresses the release of tension, the power of forgiveness and the importance of love.

The ability to embrace often means taking a leap of faith and trusting others. This is certainly a verse that I can focus on and live by this year.

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