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One Word 2014

waitHow do you pick just one word that will become your theme for the entire year?

A word that will define you, teach you, and inspire you to become a better you.

Last year, I did just that. I picked one word – wait – and consciously focused on it. I learned to wait on the Lord for His word, His answer, His presence, His plans. I learned to wait and not be as impatient, as quick to respond.

When my faith was tested by fire, I waited. When I was in the midst of a storm, I waited.  I will carry the word wait over into this year, because it’s something I’m still learning to do, and the only way to learn is to practice.

Wait was a good word. But now it’s time for a new word. My new word for 2014 is

blessed

The word bless, or a form thereof, is used 463 times in the KJV Bible. Bless is a verb, which means to consecrate or render holy; to give honor or glory to a divine being; to call upon the Lord to protect; to worship or adore; and to grant happiness, health, or prosperity to someone.

It’s a common word, one used nonchalantly and tossed about here and there. It’s sometimes used with an underlying tone of arrogance or disdain.  But it shouldn’t. It should be a word that we use with honor and glory, because that it is what it is, what we are.  Honored, cherished, protected, loved by our Savior and by our Creator.

This year my Lord bestowed the word blessed on me to remind me always that I am blessed. It’s those little things we take for granted though; the day-to-day blessings that we don’t see, don’t appreciate, don’t acknowledge.

My goal for this year is to learn to appreciate the small blessings, to be thankful and prayerful for the people in my life while I have the opportunity to do so. Whether it’s a trip to the movies with my son and nephew, a lunch out with a dear friend, or the chance to say goodbye and good luck to a favorite boss, I am blessed.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2014 in Faith

 

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One Word 2013

I read a lot about the One Word concept last year but I never picked one. This year, I decided I wanted to have one, but couldn’t decide what it would be.

How do you pick just one work that will become your theme for the entire year?

I read other people’s words and considered them for myself. I thought about different words that I might make fit, or be able to use. None of them felt…right.  The word that did feel right, didn’t make any sense. How in the world could that be my one word I kept asking myself.  I kept praying over it, and repeatedly that word kept coming to mind.  Once I looked it up, it made perfect sense and fit perfectly into my soul.

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As a noun

wait, postponement, delay, hold, time lag: time during which some action is awaited
wait, waiting: the act of waiting; remaining inactive in one place while expecting something

As a verb

wait: stay in one place and anticipate or expect something
wait, hold off, hold back, wait before acting
wait, expect, look, await: look forward to the probable occurrence of
wait, waitress: serve (as a waitress) another

Scripturally

The Bible teaches that we are expected to wait on the Lord. We must trust Him and remain hopeful, faithful, joyful, knowing He is working in our life. He will be there to guide and comfort us as long as we seek His guidance.

I’m not good at waiting. I’m impatient and impulsive and always eager to move on to the next thing. I rush through things or rush into too many things at once and often end up regretting my decisions. When I do wait, I second-guess myself and don’t trust my first instincts, or don’t seek out spiritual guidance first.

I’ve prayed lately for guidance, for the Lord to show to me what I need to do, what I should focus on to deepen my relationship with him. So why was I so surprised that He chose the word WAIT for me?

Psalm 130:5-6
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

So this year, 2013, I will learn to wait. Wait to hear the Lord whisper to me. Wait to better understand His faithfulness. Wait with the knowledge that my perseverance will grow my spiritual relationship with Him. Wait for His path in my life to become clear. Wait through the storms and trials that will come.

I will wait while my Lord molds me into the person He created me to be.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Faith

 

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