Word for the Year

You’ve probably heard of the different approach being taken for New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution people are praying for one word that can be spoken over their New Year. I started doing this a few years ago. I was never big on resolutions so this new approach was a welcome change for me.

In 2017 I got the word Celebrate. I was looking forward to see what we would be celebrating. What big exciting plans was God going to reveal to us? Which of the prayers I’ve been praying for years was He going to answer? Maybe all! I was excited and hopeful.

After over half the year was over I was getting frustrated. Nothing mountain moving was happening in our life – or so I thought – and it didn’t look like anything super exciting was on the horizon. What’s up with the word “celebrate”?

Finally I got it. The Lord doesn’t want me to celebrate just the BIG moments of my life but all the moments. Even everyday moments are worth celebrating. Rejoice, be thankful, smile and enjoy each day, every day. As well as everything and everyone. Especially the people. People come and people go. Seasons change, but in everything – rejoice! Celebrate! Phil 4.4

I went into 2017 with a preconceived notion of what I thought the Lord was saying and what I thought He was going to do. I was wrong. I was wrong to even put God in a box.


So whatever word you’ve received from the Lord, thank Him and hold it loosely. Let Him show you what He’s doing as this year unfolds and how it fits with the word He gave you. You may feel like the total opposite of what He said is happening. The Lord can give you fresh perspective to see through His eyes.

I am talking to myself just as much as I am to you all. The word I got for 2018 makes me a little nervous. Sounds to me like challenges could be ahead. Doesn’t sound pleasant. But who am I kidding, I’ve already got challenges in my life – as do we all. Maybe it’s to those mountains the Lord wants me to speak.

Regardless, I will trust the Lord with today and all my tomorrows. For I know God has good plans for me, not to harm me but to give me a hope and a future.

Let’s set preconceived notions aside and let our amazing, wonderful God show us where He wants to take us this year. It’s like a plaque I once saw said, “I may not know what my future holds but I know who holds my future.”


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