It’s been 6 years since I picked a word for the year.
But this year, I felt inspired to do so again.
My word for 2016.
I have been a christian my whole life, but these last 6 months have been a sort of explosion when it comes to my journey of faith. It’s been a bit of a seismic shift in thinking about God and my faith.
Now, I have had two other time periods of my life in which I felt shifts in my understanding of God. The first was in college when I discovered reformed theology and John Calvin. The second was sometime in 2008-2010 when I was reading through the entire bible and I also stumbled on the book, “Breathe” by Keri Wyatt Kent. Together, during the course of those years, I changed many of my life practices and philosophies.
My most recent shift started with a question: What does the bible really have to say about the role of women in marriage, the church, and life? How have people come to their varying viewpoints on this topic? I began my exploration by reading my bible, various bloggers, and talking to friends. I quickly encountered various books, material, and people that have escorted me into all sorts of other religious topics and discussions. Suddenly, a seismic shift began to happen and I cautiously went with it.
Realizing quickly that this would require time and thought to process, I created a space for myself. I gave myself time and freedom to explore some of my questions, to follow some of these alternate interpretations and ideas, and to learn from theologians in the past.
But at times, it feels shaky, unfamiliar and sometimes…it can even feel scary.
I told my husband that in many ways I feel like I am putting on “new skin” and it doesn’t quite fit yet. But I have outgrown the old skin, so there is no going back. So this year, I will continue to figure out this “new skin” when it comes to faith.
I haven’t recorded much of this journey on my blog as it has felt so unfamiliar and too personal. Though I may blog some of it throughout the year.
But right now, I am giving myself freedom to move comfortably in the space I have created. I’ll be spending time questioning, exploring, and considering the many, many thoughts I have about God and the Bible.
So this year: FAITH.
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