Over the last several years I’ve read articles about people selecting a specific word or phrase that represents the year for them. It could be an area to focus on or something God has put on their heart to study and live out daily throughout the year.
Last year was the first year I selected a word and after several days of listing out different words, I selected the word Hope. It summarized for me where I was in my life – both writing and personal. I had hope for my writing and where it was leading me, that I wanted to write about hope to offer hope to others, hope for how God would provide for my family, hope for the future and so much more. Several times throughout the year I found myself leaning on that word knowing God wanted me to never lose Hope, making sure it was in the words I wrote and in my actions. It really did sum up my year when I reflect back.
So this year I was excited to see what new word would fit me and my life. I prayed about it and wrote down several words that I felt my heart leaning towards, but one kept coming up more than the others, so for 2016 I selected….. BELIEVE.
First and foremost I need to BELIEVE in God, believe he will meet my needs, and so on. I also need to believe I can become a published author, believe I have something worthy to say, believe in this journey God is taking me on, believe in my family and their support, and so much more.
I looked up the word Believe in the bible and there are too many verses to count with the word believe in it, but as I read different ones it became even more clear that this was the right word for me this year. So many of them spoke to me, specifically:
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36
“If you can’t?” Said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! Luke 1:45
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:38
I know without a doubt that this is the word for me this year. The year I’m going to believe in myself to show my work to agents, editors and hopefully become a published author. I just need to believe.
I encourage you to take some time to reflect and pray about a word for you for 2016. When we take time to listen to what God wants for us it is amazing how he can encourage and strengthen us in our journey through his Word.
Let me know what word or words you choose for your focus word this year.
Blessings to you throughout 2016.