3.13.2015

My 2015 Word: An Update

forgiveness

At the beginning of the year, I wrote about my "word." My word for 2015 is "forgive." Before I chose this word, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to apply it. For me, the application of forgiveness looks like prayer, reading books, asking friends to keep me accountable, and being more vulnerable.

Now that we are three months into the new year, I figured it was about time for an update. I would be lying if I said that the application of this word has been easy. It hasn't. Sometimes I forget about it completely and other times I pray passionately about it.

In an effort to stay consistent and keep this a positive experience, I have made a list of the things I am doing well to apply my word and the things I might be able to do better.

 

How I am Applying FORGIVE so Far:  

 

1. I have the recording from the "Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness" class through the Influence Network that I plan to watch once life slows down a bit. I'm really looking forward to it.

2. I have been more honest and straightforward with our small group about my struggles with forgiveness, something that I didn't always talk about as much as I should have.

3. Prayer has been playing a large role in this journey. I know I cannot apply forgiveness on my own, and I pray that the Holy Spirit works in me to make it possible.

4. I have started making a list of the books related to forgiveness that I would like to read over the next year. Suggestions are welcome!

5. I'm working on staying more cognizant of when I have an unforgiving attitude or say unforgiving things. This one is a work in progress.

How I Can Do Better at Applying FORGIVE in the Future: 


1. I need to ask more people in my life to keep me accountable. I want to go outside my comfort zone and ask people to help me carry this burden so I don't have to do it alone. Thankfully, I know I have a community that will be glad to help.

2. More apologies need to be offered to those around me. I have been in contact with people from my past that hurt me, but I have not been able to come straight out and apologize yet. I really hope to do this more.

3. I would like to be better about writing my thoughts on forgiveness in my journal. I'm not always great at seeing God move in my life while it is happening. Usually, I realize His works in retrospect, and I know that journaling through this process will be an encouragement to me.

How are you living out your 2015 word? How can I encourage you?

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31 comments :

  1. You're doing so well! Forgiveness can be really hard.

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  2. Thanks. I actually didn't realize how well I was doing until I started to write it down so this was helpful

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  3. Forgiveness and not easy and can be the last thing we ever want to do but when you really, and I mean really, forgive someone, the burden is lifted off your shoulders and you will feel so much better.

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  4. I would say you're doing a great job. Forgiveness is very hard. I'll be praying for you, friend!

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  5. Forgiveness is so difficult. Especially when someone has wronged you or isn't the person you thought they were. I have struggled with this ever since high school and it's something I need to pay more attention to and do a better job with. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Accountability is such a huge part of ANY goal, but it looks like you're doing a fantastic job, girl! Way to go :)

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  7. It is difficult. For me, I never really learned the true meaning of forgiveness until I learned about what Jesus did for us on the cross. The fact that God gave his son for US baffles me because we are so unworthy. If I can be forgiven for the things I have done, then surely I can forgive others.

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  8. Cassie, thanks so much for your vulnerability! Your #2 and #5, those are really hard for me. I think it is so easy to be open about a lot of other struggles, but for some reason telling someone that I have an unforgiving spirit is hard. I am so encouraged by you. Thank you.
    I think your #5 is excellent too. Mark is so good about telling me to watch my tone or that I need to have a softer heart on specific things. He is a great example of forgiveness (especially from my past).
    Love you Cassie, and thanks for your heart. God truly moves through you.

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  9. A forgiveness journal is such a wonderful idea!!

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  10. Thanks Renee, it's really nice to hear that you can relate. Hahah my husband makes me aware of my tone too and I usually just get defensive, so I'm working on that as well. I love you too friend- thanks for the encouragement!

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  11. Right?! Now to just make myself do it hahaha

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  12. I definitely think talking about your struggles with others is huge. It's easier to ask for accountability and keep in mind what you're trying to work on when it's not just all in your head. Prayer is obviously important too :) Glad to see the ways you are applying it so far!

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  13. Forgiveness, like TRUE forgiveness, is a tough thing for me too. Most times, even after all of the talking it thru, etc - I've had to pray and pray that God would work in my heart. Thanks for sharing this, Cass. It's encouraging.

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  14. It so great that you have people keeping you accountable and that you're able to talk about it with your small group. That is the key! I like your idea of a forgiveness journal.

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  15. You are amazing, I can't imagine having the courage to apologize to those I feel I've wronged in the past - such a great example!

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  16. Yes. It's so hard. Definitely a deep heart level struggle for me. Thanks for reading :)

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  17. It really has been helpful to share more. And I need to get started on that journal!

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  18. Thanks Diane. It's not easy and definitely a big work in progress.

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  19. I'm always here to keep you accountable! Just a text away! I have gotten better at forgiving over the years. I ask myself "Will holding on to this change it? Does it make things/me better?" If the answer is "no", then I pray about it and forgive.

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  20. You're the sweetest. And YES. My thing is I say I forgive but then I find myself acting in a way that says I maybe haven't fully forgiven.

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  21. Forgive is such a powerful word and action. I love that you are keeping up with it this year and making plans on using it throughout. Such a great post!

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  22. Thanks Trish. Do you have a 2015 word?

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  23. I do. Rejuvenate. Trying to make this year relaxing and rewarding.

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  24. Finally playing catch-up on all my favie blog readings - I love this! I especially love how you are actively taking the bull by the horns and making those efforts to practice the art of forgiveness. You go girl!

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  25. Thanks for being so honest about how you're applying this word and where you still need to make progress. It takes a lot to push me to a place where I struggle to forgive, but oh man, once I'm there I really struggle to make peace and let things go. I agree that journaling often brings needed perspective. I think just by getting our thoughts out of our own heads we can see things a bit more clearly. Keep it up, Cassie. You're a good woman. :)

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  26. You're so right, Brittany. Thanks so much for the encouraging comment :)

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