This is my year to be fearless.

Strong, courageous, bold, intentional. Oh, you’re going to hear a roar from the north country and the song I’m singing is freedom.

I’ve worked and prayed and cried and scrabbled and confessed and repented my way out of being a people-pleasing approval addict, all glory to the Ancient of Days, these past three years. Every regret, almost every sin or wrong of my life has its roots in that stronghold. Now this year, that stronghold will be ground into a powder.  Now, my identity firmly fixed in God alone, secure, my voice is getting stronger, my heart is beating faster, my thumbs are pricking with Holy Spirit awareness that this is the time, the time to leap into the unknown, leaving all fear behind me.

God has not given me a spirit of fear. No, this spirit is of love, power and a strong mind.

So this is my year to be brave.

My year to say yes to all that He asks of me. To love fearlessly. To lavish grace without expectation. To speak the truth even if my voice shakes. To step out of the boat, in the middle of the storm, onto rough waters, and know that I will stand, eyes fixed on the author and perfect of my faith. To mother these beautiful tinies out of my best hopes instead of my worst fears. To confront evil, to speak out for my sisters that are silenced, to work and rabble-rouse, to piss a few people off and sing freedom to the rest, to give from everything that I have. This is my year for walls-crumbling-down, for wholehearted living, for art and yes and mess and doing it scared. If we’re all crowded on the wall, waiting for something to change, I’ll be the first one to jump, you can watch me go.

This is my year for guts.


I’m going to create redemptive art and send it out into the world. I won’t be constructing my life to live without risk, to mitigate any chance of failure.

No, I’m charging out even if the critics are waiting. Even if I’m wrong, darling, I’m going to try anyway.

Watch me fly.


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    you and me, bravery. connected sisters. you’re precious, dearheart. stand brave, stand fearless, with me and her and Him. <3

  • You go girl!

  • I needed to read this!  It’s the kick in the butt I needed.

    • That’s me – always willing to kick butts when needed. 😉

  • Friend, you’re already pretty fearless. I can’t wait to see what this will bring forth in you!

    • Love your word, too, alise “Do” rattled around for me too, in the form of “Do the work” from “The War of Art.” Can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

  • This makes me want to sing! Looking forward to watching you leap. You inspire. Thank you.

  • Lisa Pippus

    oh my, I love this.

  • Happy New Year, Sarah.  I know you will rock this year Fearlessly!  I look forward to watching you fly 🙂

  • Does this mean you’re going to run a 5k race? 😉 (I couldn’t resist!)

    Love this word, love this woman, can’t wait to see what God does through you. I’m standing with you, sister.

    • Well, that’s one of the ideas…. 😉 (Yes.)

  • Canita

    Amen, sister-friend!  Yeah!!  

  • Carrie Jewett

    Sarah, you are SO inspirational! I’m sure you will do great things in 2012!

  • Woody1620

    tears streaming down my face as you sing my heart, sarah.  thank you thank you. a thousand times, thank you.

    • You’re welcome, luv. Thank you for being here, too.

  • Liz

    beautiful post! and so inspiring, too! taking that leap of faith, living from your soul, and being true to who you were created to be is an amazing journey! i feel fearless too! 

  • fiona lynne

    This is beautiful. More so because two days ago I decided my word of the year would be Brave. Here’s to walking forward with courage in 2012…

  • I’m so looking forward to this year!

  • Traveller

    I’m still in the wrestling to live fearlessly … But I determine this year to fear less … And … To do it afraid. Thanks for leading the way.

  • Yes!  You will not only fly, you will soar.

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  • Brittaney

    Good for you, dear one! I believe you will soar high. My sister encouraged me with a Winston Churchill quote which I’m passing on to you, “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”  Go spread your wings, brave one.

  • theSooz

    I’m claiming this as my own.  This is what my heart is crying out today too.  Thanks Lovely.  Let’s be fearless together.  

  • Handsfull

    Oooooh I LOVE this!  Them’s fighting words!  I’m so looking forward to seeing you fly after you’ve jumped off the ledge.
    God told me (just before He pushed me off the edge of a cliff, spiritually speaking!) that He wouldn’t let me hit the ground.  I can tell you that although the ground got mighty close on a couple of occasions, He was true to His word and kept swooping me up… and pushing me off… until I got the hang of it and finally learned to fly!  Never having been a fan of heights, that feeling of falling is nasty.  But flying?  That’s worth all the falling I had to do to learn it!
    You go, girl!

  • What a wonderful word!  And what a challenge to yourself!  I think most people end up giving into their fears in one way or another, so you are setting a fabulous example to the rest of us to listen to God and go forward with his plans for our lives, even if we may not always like or agree with them.

  • Jalspaugh1

    Love doesn’t capture my emotion for this post…. They were my words sewn together more beautifully by you.  Thank you!

  • A resounding YES from this girl over here. Love this, this battle cry of the reformed people pleaser. (Hi, my name is Amanda and I also am a people pleaser.) I’m imagining you with arms outstretched, battle paint on, crying freedom Braveheart-style. And I like it.

    Also, this line:
    “To mother these beautiful tinies out of my best hopes instead of my worst fears. ”
    I needed that one. 

    Here’s to a new year of more grace.

  • “Oh, you’re going to hear a roar from the north country and the song I’m singing is freedom.” I LITERALLY got butterflies in my tummy when I read that.

    Looking forward to fearless alongside you in 2012, friend!

  • i put this quote on my blog today (my word is unafraid) and it’s something helpful to remember:

    fear makes the wolf look bigger. (author unknown)

    happy new year! it’s going to be spectacular.

  • Diana Trautwein

    Go, girl. YOU GO. I’ll be the one cheering on the sidelines and limping along while you fly. I want to be brave, too, and sometimes I have been. I’m still contemplating my ‘word,’ but I’m loving yours.

  • You speak fearlessness into my very soul with this post!  I needed that…

  • yay! your picture makes my heart so happy. the word identity is what chose me. eek!

  • Janae Maslowski

    I am excited about this year – there is a strong river flowing from so many women  – they are jumping in and letting the current take them.  
    “This is my year for guts” – Yes!  I look forward to reading more.

  • AMEN! I walked this walk so I understand where you are! Hard journey but rewarding! Keep your hand in the Lord’s Hand….lean on, rely on and cling to Him and He will lead you fearlessly forward! Blessings to you!

  • Melissa

    This is so inspiring. Grateful to know there are women out there being movers and shakers! I hope to join alongside many more of these women!

    Baltimore, MD

  • Francesca Watson

    Oh my lord. I just found your blog today, through a dear friend who linked to your post about remembering. Which made me cry, because… yes. Just yes. And because I need more “yes” right now, I went searching through your archives, reading and saying “yes” and then I found this post and had to comment because my word this year is fearless too. Yes. Yes and yes.

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