Year of Magic
Hello, friends and Happy New Year!
For me, I have declared 2014 the year of magic. Faith has always been the virtue I have struggled the most with in my life. Jumping off cliffs and taking leaps seem exciting and daring, but they also take a lot of faith. To be perfectly honest, I have allowed my adrenaline to take these jumps with very little faith. With no faith, no vision, there is nothing to achieve, no one to serve, nothing meaningful to accomplish.
You see, for the month of December while I was taking a break from the blog, I made it my mission to seek and understand faith. My whole life I knew the verse, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” blah blah blah. I never understood how that worked in a real, tangible way. I looked at faith as a synonym to hope or wishing, which I now know it is far from it.
Faith is not just “believing” that what has been promised will happen, but whole-heartedly knowing. Living as if, the promise is not just coming, but it is here today. Living in the promise, instead of waiting on the promise. Living in the promise gives you the freedom to do, make things happen and serve others TODAY. It does not allow procrastination or worse, the development of fear because the promise is already here, there is nothing to fear. That is faith.
All month, I played with this idea. I made a few faith declarations, some very small and some very large. We had a surprise expense that set us back a bit, so I declared that God was going to take care of us and balance this out in some way we could not imagine. I had faith that God was going to provide, we should not worry and I lived the rest of my day as if that expense was taken care of. The next day I asked Nate to go get the mail, joking that there was a check for us on its way. Of course he said I was crazy, and I half agreed with him, but I wanted to have faith in something small and silly and impossible, even if it didn’t happen, I wanted to show God that no matter how big or small or crazy, I believed he was constantly providing for us. Nate came back with the mail, opened another bill and inside was not a bill, but a check. Of course, he thought I knew about this, but I didn’t. Our bank sent us a check saying, they wanted to share their wealth from the past year. Seriously? Yes!
Y’all, I don’t suggest “having faith” that $1 million is on its way to your mailbox right now, but I do suggest in believing in the reality of faith. If you declare the promises God has put in your heart whether that is the success (defined as serving others) of your business, the joy in your marriage or the healing of a broken heart or body and 100% believe like a child believes in Santa Claus, answers will come. Sometimes the answered prayer or declaration isn’t in the form of money or even what you requested, but more than likely the answer is better and more than you could have imagined. Even if the answer is no or not yet, if you have asked with a pure heart, there is an answer wrapped in love on its way. The point is to have faith, real faith.
So there you have it. I have declared 2014 the year of magic for me. It doesn’t mean it will be without hard work or challenges, but it means that all the hard work and challenges will be met with faith and complete intention and expectation that magic will follow. Life is too short, folks. Don’t live in fear. Faith is the best sucker punch to fear. So knock that fear off its feet before it even has a chance. Throughout the year, I’ll be sharing my own faith journey on social media with the tag #yearofmagic, so feel free to join me and share your own faith “aha” moments – I’d love to share in your excitement!
Have a magical year!