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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Oh friend…YES!! Over not under. I love this and YOU!
Love you too, my sweet friend!
Oh THIS I love! ‘Cause He has overcome the world!
Linda, and I don’t know about you, but I sometimes fight like it’s all on my shoulders! (LOL) It is all because of the work of Christ! I’m grateful you are here today.
What a beautiful, all-encompassing word, Diane.
Thank you Amy. I love getting to know you better. You rock, Girl!
May your journey towards overcoming be a blessed one. I know we will all benefit from all you learn on your journey through this year. I just felt to pray that it wouldn’t be like when we pray for patience and God gives us so many opportunities to become patient~! May it instead be a gentle and lovely journey whereby you just suddenly become aware after the fact that you have overcome something, and may each instance of this bring you great JOY.
You are such treasure to me Mary, I am so very thankful God brought us together! Hope you are getting a good tan on your summer vacation! It was 20 degrees here today!
Hello, I also choose ‘overcome’ for 2014. I like your explanation for overcome. I’ll follow along with you this year, best wishes!
Hi Jessica, It is so nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping by to visit. I saw your blog. You are quite the cook! I look forward to reading and maybe cooing some of your suggestions!
Beautiful YOU! “Over not under”. I needed that so much, thank you. <3 <3 <3