A few years ago, I started the tradition of picking one word to ‘define’ my year. Or rather, asking God to give me a word to study in the year to come. This word is meant to help guide my devotions, helping me grow as a follower of Christ and helping me to learn more about God. It’s a teaching/learning thing, and it’s challenging and convicting
In 2014, my word was FAITHFUL. (you can read more on this word here.) By the end of the year I thought I’d failed God in learning about and practicing this word, but God hadn’t failed me. He was…faithful. And I saw His faithfulness in new ways every day that year. Through it all, He was faithful with love and forgiveness.
For 2015, God gave me the word HOPE. At first I thought maybe He would give me a potential spouse in the ‘here’s-some-hope-for-your-future’ kind of way. And maybe He did, but the young man hasn’t stepped forward yet. I don’t know. What I do know is….a lot of things seemed to go wrong in my life in 2015. Almost to the point where I overlooked the good and forgot to appreciate the beautiful, like new and lasting friendships forged. And as I was crying out to God about how unfair it was for Him to give hope to some and not to me this year, He ever so gently reminded me that through all of this, I have the Hope–certainty–of eternal life with Him. I have the Hope–certainty–that He is with me always, no matter what happens in my life. And maybe, just maybe, He allowed all those things to go wrong in my life so that I would find my Hope–certainty–and security in Him alone.
So as 2016 approached, I once again prayed and asked God to give me a word for the new year. The very next day, I heard the song Thrive by Casting Crowns. After that there was no doubt: 2016’s word would be THRIVE.
This year’s verse is John 10:10-
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
And this year’s goal? To develop a stronger prayer life, possibly inspired by War Room 🙂
This year is fresh and new like the snow outside my window. I don’t know what this year holds, but I know Who holds this year…and my life…in Hi hands.