“Happy New Year!” We will hear these words a lot in the next few days. Those words carry such positive meaning to us as they speak hope for a better tomorrow. A word can have great power in our lives. Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” We can speak powerful words to others, but God can also speak powerful words to us!
What you may not know about me is that God has given me a “Word for the Year” for several years of my life now. One year, my word was discipline. One year the word was balance. I believe God has given me those yearly words to keep me focused on what He wants to do that year in my life. Instead of me just bouncing around from one circumstance to the next, I believe God has specific areas of our lives where He wants to grow us. When I receive my WORD for the year, it keeps me focused, looking for how God will use the circumstances around me to grow me in that WORD. It brings life to me, encourages me and even excites me! I don’t dread my circumstances, but rather look for God IN my circmstances!
Without Focus, we React to Life instead of Live it.
Think about it for a minute: what would happen if you, your family, your church, or your women’s ministry had a word for the year? What if you prayed for God to give you a word for that year that became the theme for that year? Then, every decision, as far as events, Bible studies, teaching, and outreach would revolve around that word? How much more effective might you, your family, your church, or your women’s ministry be? What kind of amazing, transforming results might be seen? I would say it would be pretty powerful to see! Without focus, life can lose its purpose and focus altogether, and we can find ourselves merely existing and our churches and ministries just entertaining but not transforming.
So, what’s your word for the year? Would you dare to ask God? And then, would you dare look at your life this next year with that word in the forefront, as you read your Bible, encounter people and problems, and seek to grow?
Oh My Word, what God could do!
1)Start asking God now for your word for the year. 2)Share it here by commenting below and encourage another woman in the Living Deeper Family! 3)Then, share it with someone who can help keep your word before you this next year.
Your God-given WORD for the year can truly be life-changing as His perfectly spoken WORD for you becomes the focus of your life!