Do you have one?
If so, I’d love for you to leave
it in the comments.
Not everyone needs a word of the year,
but I have found that after Christmas
it gives me something to pray about
and look forward to having a
conversation with God about for the new year. He does make all things new!
It usually sounds exciting, fun, goal oriented and fulfilling. It also sounds like it will carry you through the year, reminding you of what God may have placed on your heart and mind to ponder this year. I say may have, because if you are like me at all, it can sometimes be difficult to know for certain whether my Word of the Year is divinely inspired or just dictated by my emotions.
Some years that word of the year is AWESOMENESS! A word like: Winner or Courage. Other times it can be calming or balancing, like: Be Still. Yes, Be Still is what he shared with my heart and mind this year. I get it, I run ahead of myself. I think I know best. I push. I think too much. I dream. While all those attributes can have advantages, none of them are super great on the submission or trusting side of things.
It just so happens that as we sit here, mid-year, I am reminded of my word of the year – Be Still – because I am literally flat on my back after ripping apart my lower back muscles (otherwise known as lumbar) from doing a basic household chore. Really???? Like I can’t walk or bend and there are bad words jumping out of my mouth.
Maybe the true point to this Word of the Year
is to cherish it. When He reminds you of it in certain situations throughout the year,
thank Him. He is a glorious, all-knowing, all-powerful Lord who loves you…even in and especially in the trying times. Scripture says if you go to him for anything, he hears you.
He will use that Word of the Year to remind you to love him and love others, to refine you, and he is with you, if you let him.
If you don’t have a Word of the Year, maybe think about grabbing one now. If you do have one, no matter how that Word entered your being for this year, use it to your advantage. My guess is sometimes it will encourage you, humble you and even if you’re flat on your back, it will give you a squeeze and say, “I’ve got you!” Amen.
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.