Have you ever felt under the weather, under the gun, under bad circumstances?  Over used clichés, I know, but they are expressions that we understand.


They all indicate that something undesirable is over us – Pressing, holding, smothering the life out of us. Are there times when you feel as if you are going under for the last time, and all that is left is one hand sinking slowly into the sea?


This year I am trying to find a word…just one little word to carry me 365 days.  One word that can lift me out of the pit, and make me buoyant when I doubt that I will make it through the waves and wind that are pounding. A word that can give me peace in the storms of life.


I stalked all of your blog posts, Facebook pages and twitter tweets thinking I might steal join you, in a word for 2014, but none seemed to fit what is in my heart.


Then on the radio, I heard my word in the lyrics of Jeremy Camp, Overcome


Overcome – No longer under the hand of the enemy, but overcoming all things in Christ.


 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33


When troubles seem too heavy like fog breathing down on a field in the early morning, remember, that in Christ are overcomers.


“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1John 5:3-5


When we think, that the cross we must bear is too greater, and fear holds our throat tightly making breathing difficult; then remember, Christ has already overcome the world and He has given me peace to follow in His footsteps.  Christ our Savior has overcome all things!


Augustine once said, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”


Let’s work on being over and not under our circumstances. This year, let’s overcome the things that bind us, spread our wings and fly.





Linking with 365 One Word, Michelle, Ann,  and Laura



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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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