We’re one week into the new year.

So far, 2018 has been one big adventure. An adventure where I’ve spent most of my time on the couch fighting/hacking/sneezing my way through a miserable respiratory bug.

The year hasn’t started the way I expected it to.

I mean, I said goodbye to 2017 on a high note. Goodness, it was a great year. It really was. I saw God move in so many ways, and His blessings upon my life were evident. My word for 2017, LIVE, truly was the perfect word. Absolutely. You can read more about that here.

But, two days after the new year began, the little tickle in my throat turned into a mammoth cold. I’m still working to get completely over it. As a result, my exercise plans went out the window. My intentions of eating clean soon followed. I’ve accomplished little of nothing this first week of 2018.

That’s just like life, though, isn’t it? Most often it doesn’t go as we plan. We find bumps in the road and even detours on our journey. Sometimes the path is blocked and we have no option but to turn around and go back in the direction we came. At times our grandest plans and our best intentions fall short because of things beyond our control.

Good thing I long ago settled on this truth about this life…

Life is one grand adventure.

adventure :: participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises; an exciting or very unusual experience

For years I’ve said how my life is one grand adventure with God. The good. The bad. And, everything in between. The day I stopped trying to control every minuscule aspect of my life and began leaning into trusting God daily, this adventure commenced. You know? There’s such freedom in not having to be or feel in control all the time.

I can simply live in God’s leading and care. No, I haven’t always followed His lead flawlessly or faithfully, but I’ve learned it’s best when I do.

You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment. Psalm 16:11 (VOICE)

Adventure is my word for 2018.

Psalm 16:11 (above) is my verse for this year.

Adventure

(God created the above view, and I put it in an image. It’ll be on the wall in my office soon!)

My desire is to walk closer to God. To listen to His voice. To experience life in exciting ways with Him. I look forward to Him leading me on the path that leads to a beautiful life, both on earth and in eternity. And, I can’t wait to experience the pleasure of knowing true joy and contentment walking with Him through this year.

I imagine Bill and I will experience more adventures on our tandem bicycle as we cross more states off our #50statestandembiketour list. I expect we’ll finish another RAGBRAI in July. Our daughter’s wedding will take place in the fall. We have plans for celebrations, concerts, events, and we look forward our exciting huge family reunion this summer.

The adventure awaits!

Oh, I know it won’t be a perfect year. I fully understand there will be hard days, days that don’t go as planned, days that challenge me and stretch me. Days of colds and sneezes. Just as there are mountain-top moments in life, the valleys will be present as well. No matter what, however, I fully know I won’t be walking through them alone. Emmanuel–God with us–Who came to us at Christmas is just as His name declares. Jesus is with us. He’s the best traveling partner!

Friend, how about you? Have you chosen one word for your year? If so, would you care to share? I’d love to read about it and why you chose it below. Or have you chosen some specific resolutions or goals? I’d love to cheer you through it this year!

Thanks for continuing this journey with me. Thank you for sharing in my adventure. I’m praying for us all as we travel together in this new year!

Blessings!

Julie

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