Over the weekend, I posted a blog about choosing a WORD for 2015.
This one word is to sum up your goals, plans, passions and heart’s desire for the new year. It’s like a set of New Year’s Resolutions in one small compact package.
It’s like packing for a long vacation in a very small suitcase. Hard to do, but helpful for the journey.
What a great response I received!
I heard back from you all through emails, texts, replies and Facebook notes, and you had so many great words to share. So, I thought I’d add this little follow up blog to note some of the responses that I received.
Maybe this will help those of you who haven’t yet chosen a word.
~ One friend, Candy, shared that her word for 2015 is “wait.”
~ Another friend, Amye, shared past and current words. She’s been practicing this one-word challenge for several years now. Here are some words that she has used:
2008 – “believe“
2009 – “surrender“
2010 – “epikinosko“ (to truly know God)
2011 – “deeper“
2013 – “euchisteo“
2014 – “truth“
~ Carol’s word for the new year is: “surrender.”
~ Tammy’s word for 2015 is “content.”
A few of you have shared that you are still praying, reflecting and considering what your word will be for this new year.
As you are choosing, I have just a few simple suggestions for you:
1) Ask God to show you what He wants you to focus on this year. He promises to give us wisdom when we ask for it!
“But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.” James 1:5, CEB
2) As you are reading, in the Word, in conversations, in thought and in worship, ask: What theme continues to press upon my heart?
3) Try journaling or writing out some of your thoughts. What is the main idea that surfaces as you write?
4) Talk to a trusted friend about this practice. Invite them to speak into your life and offer insight.
There is no magic formula, but this practice does offer perspective and direction in prayer, in choices and in attitude. I believe that we need “vision” in order to succeed, to thrive and to finish well. Scripture bears this principle out:
“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” Proverbs 29:18, MSG
“Where there is no vision from God, the people run wild, but those who adhere to God’s instruction know genuine happiness.” Proverbs 29:18, VOICE
I’d love to hear from others of you about your “word” for 2015 and about the ways that you gain vision and perspective at the start of a new year.
Blessings to you,
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