For the past few years I have chosen a word for the year.
It’s something that means a lot to me…it’s just one way I see God tangibly moving and working in my life…I see the constant theme of the word coming up over and over again throughout the year. The word is a symbol for so much.
Here are two posts ( here and here ) from last year when God was moving and using my word FREEDOM.
I pray and pray and pray and think about what word He is pressing on my heart. Each time I can look back at the year and the word and see EXACTLY why He gave me that word. Each year I have needed that word, it has been a theme, it has defined the year.
For 2016- my word is Abundance.
I keep hearing over and over Ephesians 3:20.
I kept hearing ABUNDANCE.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us.”
I am excited to see what He means. I am excited to look back and see what the word symbolized for me in 2016. I am excited to tell His story.
The story isn’t over yet….what an honor to be living it.
Little snippets from previous years:
“Little did I know how much I would need to embrace the word brave this year past year. So many things happened, so many hard roads, so much heartache. 2014 taught us much and I believe with my whole heart that 2015 is the spring after the long rain. It is the year of FREEDOM. My words for 2015 are BELIEVE & FREEDOM. I am going to claim them and let them take over every bit of me. I am claiming it now so that a year from now I can look back and say wow, those words were perfect for 2015.
For the past few years I have chosen a “word” for the year. 2014… my word is BRAVE. My whole life I have basically been the opposite of brave. I have been careful and I have been anxious. Ever since this post I have been praying that I would be brave. I want my faith to be strong and to rest in His plan above my own…no matter what it holds. I have a feeling in my gut that this year is going to entail trusting Him a lot.
I want to be brave.
I want to take this one, beautiful, precious life and I want to live it well.
I want to literally run towards the plans that He has for me. I don’t want to hesitate, I want to soar… arms spread wide open.
This morning I woke up and Aiden’s arms were around my neck. I pulled back and the sunlight was perfectly shining in on his face. I ran my hands across his forehead to brush back his sweet hair and just thanked God for him. Then I turned my head and Ainsleigh was there too. They must have crept down the hall in the night and snuck in beside us. Her eyelashes and pouty lips were perfectly still as her tiny little lungs rose and fell. I could hear Apple stirring nearby. My precious Appie. These babies are such a gift…. I mean truly a gift. And having open hands with their precious lives is such a struggle for me.
But this is my year…the year where I am brave.
2013 was HOPE.
” I have tangible hope in multiple areas. God redeemed my heartache. Sometimes I wonder if we as humans encounter heartache, loss and sadness not only because this is a fallen and sinful world. An imperfect world. But also so that we can truly appreciate the joys as well. On a new level of appreciation. A new level of thanks. To balance out human perspective.This isn’t heaven so we can’t understand the whole picture. We must have hope to come out on the other side of tasting incredible sadness. I want to matter. and not in the “I am awesome and matter so much kind of way”, I want my life to mean something. God has me here for a purpose and I am constantly seeking out what that is and what that looks like. I want my life to matter. I want to give hope. “
2012 was CHANGE.
“I have roots that run deep.
The old me that I am constantly fighting… insecure, unforgiving, entitled….it’s time to uproot and CHANGE.
So this year I will keep the word peace as a daily mission and add the word change.
Because it’s time.
Those poisonous roots have been in me far too long.”
2011 was PEACE.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 My all time favorite book, “A Beautiful Offering” has a chapter on peace… “When you decide to live out what you believe. When you decide you want peace in your possession, then you will find out what that looks like & feels like. You begin to pray for God to give you peace. You incorporate peace in your relationships. You decide to respond differently. You speak in love. Act in tenderness. You imitate what you know about peace until it becomes a reality for your character & your life.” It is so convicting. Dying to your desire. Dying to your flesh. “He restores what has been broken & heals what has been wounded. I don’t have peace because I figured it all out. I have peace because I believe in Christ.”