Since 2011 I have sought the Lord before the start of each new year to get a feel for what He’s doing in my life, and to get my word for the new year.  Unlike resolutions, the word serves as an overarching theme and guide for the year. The word will usually come to me at random times, and it’s always turned out to be totally accurate.  My word for 2011–change–came to me in the shower, and that year I changed jobs unexpectedly (to a job I love), Jon lost his job and had a big career change, and we had some major family changes, as well.

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Change, indeed.  2012 (order) and 2013 (new beginnings) were spot-on, as well.  And a bit less dramatic/stressful.

My word for 2014 is FREEDOM.  The theme of freedom and what it truly means for me, as a daughter of the King, has been coming up over and over in my life, and we all know that II Corinthians 2:17, “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM,” has been a constant echo in my heart and in my head for quite awhile.

There are some major overhauls that need to happen in several areas of my life, and this year I am pursuing FREEDOM–in my health, my finances, and in my family relationships.  I want freedom from old habits, fears, and hang-ups that have been weighing me down for far too long.

So, how will this play out, practically speaking?  In everything I do, every decision I make large or small, FREEDOM is the ultimate goal, and I will be asking myself, “does this lead me into freedom or bondage?”

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cheers, 2014!

What are you feeling is in store for you in the new year?  Do you have a word?  I’d love to hear it!  Let’s chat in the comments.



  • Kara

    My word this year is grace. I want to take who I am now, broken pieces and all, and refine myself into the woman that I want to be. I want to bestow grace upon others just like the Lord provides me with grace everyday. I am going to hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection and live 2014 the best that I can :)

    I love freedom and it actually was one of my runner-up words! I cannot wait to see how you develop throughout the year!


  • Caroline Grace

    Grace–what a wonderful theme for the new year! So much beauty, depth, and meaning in that one little word. I loved your post, and that printable is fab! Thanks for stopping by, Kara. :)

  • Hannah Terpstra

    Oh bless you, I just loved reading this post! Freedom! SO good! The word the Lord gave me this year is ‘Bless’ focusing outward to bless those in my life. Glad I popped over from the link up, I look forward to following along in 2014.

    • Caroline Grace

      Thank you so much, Hannah–I’m glad you popped over, too. :) “Bless” is such a sweet word for the year!



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