I started doing this several years ago. In 2018 my word was ‘unstoppable’. It reminded me to keep moving toward my
dreams, and that the only one to stop me from pursuing it would be me.
For 2019 a short phrase was my focus “stay the course”. I was reminded to keep moving forward on the
course God has set me on (Psalm 119:1).
I do not yet know what is at the end of the path, but I know He is with
When I look at the year 2020, so many references to vision
come to mind. I argued with myself on
the word ‘vision’ because I figure everyone will be using it.
Then I read Romans 12:3 “Be honest in your evaluation of
yourself…” Wow. I have been posting and
teaching on stopping the lies of negative self-talk and replacing them with
truth. God’s truth.
I am discouraged today, feeling down, telling myself so many
lies. Writing this post reminds me I am doing exactly what I teach against.
The word “REFLECTION” came to mind. I found a picture I use in some of my illustrations of a woman smiling at herself in the mirror. I added the word REFLECTION at the top and wrote out Romans 12:3.
This is my word for 2020.
REFLECTION. This year I am
reminded to be honest in my evaluation of myself. I will reflect on who God
says I am.
It is with this word I will conducting additional “Defeating
the Lies of Negative Self-Talk” courses in-person and online. It is with this word I will begin leading
some “Boundaries” courses using material from Doctors Cloud and Townsend. It is with this word I will be unstoppable,
as I stay the course, and reflect honestly on God’s view of me.
I love how I can look back and see the progress God has made
in me by reviewing past words. Each one
leads to the next step of my spiritual growth in Him.
What is your word for 2020? Where will it lead you? How can
I help you?
I battle the voices declaring who I am when I look in the mirror. Voices of negativity, of not being good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, loved.
Over time I began to look differently at that view. It was no longer my eyes, but God’s eyes looking back at me.
I am made in His image (Genesis 1:27), His handiwork (Ephesians 2:10). He knew me and loved me before I was created (Psalm 139:13-16). I am a child of God (1 John 3:1), a daughter of the King, a Princess!!
I smile when I put on my plastic $5 party store tiara. I am a princess! This simple item brings me back to child-like faith. I can set aside my tears and fears and fell wrapped in the arms of God. He loves me. I am beautiful. I am enough.
As the pastor was discussing the vision for the upcoming year, he mentioned things that younger people respond to. While discussing this with my husband on the way home I realized when I was younger there were things I wished the church would do that I could more easily respond to. Older people were saying ‘we have always done it this way’ or ‘they need to learn to accept things as they are’ and on and on. Here I am, decades later saying ‘but what about the people who are here now’ and ‘what about me’ and on and on.
When I look back, I see many changes in my life reflecting my age at the time.
Many changes have taken place in my life. I was a young mother of small children at one time. Today I am the grandmother of teenagers. Once I wore skirts above my knees, today I seldom wear a skirt. Once I would only wear my best outfit to church, today I wore jeans and sandals. Time change.
The most difficult thing I find about being this age (60 at the time of this writing) is accepting that I am this age. When I was younger, anyone this age was OLD! People this age were talking of retiring. Today, I look in the mirror and see someone who is no where near retirement; someone who still has so much life to live.
How did I get to be this age? I guess the more important question I need to consider after looking at the most difficult thing about being this age, is what am I going to do with my life – even at this age.
How about you? No matter your age, there are difficulties to consider. What are some of yours?
We have met together for coffee a few times, chatted on Facebook, and she has helped pump up my self-esteem.
I am not one to wear much make-up. A light foundation and maybe a dab of lipstick.
Kerrie spent some time showing me tips and tricks, and lipstick that stays on all day. Today we talk about about this, about how this little step helps to increase confidence and self-esteem, and a reminder to only apply what makes you feel good.
Listen in as we talk about increasing confidence and the subtle ways it shows.
I was recently asked a question and struggled with the answer. That seemed like a perfect journal prompt.
This week I wonder I challenge you to “Describe yourself in 15 words or less”
I started by looking at an identity statement I made years ago. “I am a citizen of heaven (Heb 13:14), straining toward what is ahead (Phil 3:13), bearing witness of Christ (John 1:7), awaiting His return (1 Cor 1:7).
If I take out the Scripture references, I am at 18 words. And I wonder, does that describe me? It is my ultimate goal, but am I there?
I am a woman trying desperately to turn off the voices of the lies of the world and listen to God’s truth. Well, that is 22 words.
I am a woman living to encourage others to find their best within themselves. Hmmmm, I wonder.
I will keep working on this. What are you coming up with for yourself? If you are comfortable doing so, share in the comments below. Or send me an email – TerryAnn at TerryAnnPorter dot com. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
“I didn’t know it was a dream.” That is what my friend Brenda said during our recent interview.
I met Brenda nearly 20 years ago. During this time we have walked with each other through miscellaneous highs and lows of life.
Today, Brenda has 2 local Tea Rooms and an Antique Mall. I sat down with her to discuss what fears she had to face and the courage it took to step out and into something she had mentioned in conversation for many years. She didn’t even realize it was a dream of hers.
Join me in the latest “Tea Time” video. This time you get more than just me talking. You get to hear from a woman who found the strength to seek out a ‘dream’.