Raising the Stakes

At the very beginning of 2012, God chose my “word” for me to live out for the year. That word was “DEPENDENCE.”

It has been now been 80 days. What started as a seemingly simple challenge has blossomed into a literal life-changing experience.

In the past 80 days, God has put the following events into our lives… ALL of which have drastically built my dependence on Him:

  • Ranger school– aka, complete removal of my husband communication (see: Just me and Jesus)
  • Launching a personal ministry
  • Finding out we were pregnant with our first child
  • Losing our first child (See yesterday’s post)

Now my beloved Brandon and I have 10 days (ok evenings-ish) to be together before he picks up another Basic Training Cycle and we are faced with our third Red Phase (again– limited interaction/communication.)

Anybody ELSE think we need a vacation??? Sigh.

But through it all, God has been with us. He has raised the stakes for me to live out my word: DEPENDENCE.

A fellow blogger has recently challenged us to take our word and create an acrostic… So here is what my tired, yet God centered brain came up with…

Denying myself and taking up my cross to follow Him

Expectantly Waiting on Him– ALWAYS

Praying fervently about all things

Experiencing Him more deeply than ever before

Noticing God’s sweet gifts in everyday living

Daily submission

Emphatic trust

Never letting go of His promises

Conceding Control

Exclaiming His goodness and faithfulness to the world!

So yes, God has raised the stakes for 2012. And yes, I admit there are a few times I have wanted to quit– perhaps changing my “word” to EASY or RELAX or BEACH… But I’m still in the game, laying it on the line, playing with everything I have… The question is… Are you?

All in,


“I heard a voice out of Heaven, “Write this: Blessed are those who die in the Master from now on; how blessed to die that way!” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “and blessed rest from their hard, hard work. None of what they’ve done is wasted; God blesses them for it all in the end.” –Revelation 14:13 (MSG)

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4 thoughts on “Raising the Stakes

  1. Lori

    Beautifully said by a heart that is living this out in all its fullness.

  2. Hi Sharita – I think your acrostic is awesome. I can tell by reading this post the impact your word for this year is making on your life. Did you find doing the acrostic made you think about it more? It did for me. Thank you so much for linking this post up with the word challenge. I am so chuffed.
    God bless
    ps: I’d love for you to link up today on my Winsome Wednesday blog hop too if you’d like 🙂

    • Yes, Tracy, creating the acrostic did make me think even more deeply about it. I think about my word daily anyways (esp with all that God is bringing me through in 2012) But now this is something even more tangible to live by!

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