Trust. Confidence. Fearlessness.
These three words were the theme for my year 2016. I know that the norm is to select one word for your year, but I guess the Lord wanted to teach me something about each one. So, a godly woman began praying these three words over me, and I clung to them and the promises that they carried throughout the year.
Selecting a word for your year is something I had heard of, but this was my first experience with it, and now, I’m hooked. If you’ve never selected a word for your year, I highly suggest trying it. If you do, here are 4 blessings you’re sure to experience:
You’re likely familiar with Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
The same is true for us individually. Selecting a word for your year will give you a vision for who you want to become and having a vision is key. Instead of passing through the year and finding yourself surprised it’s December yet again (ever said, “How is it already Christmas?”), you will discover a renewed sense of purpose woven throughout each day.
As you pray about your word, the Lord is preparing your heart for what He wants to teach you this year.
This was certainly true for me. God had prepared me for the uncertainties He knew I would face so that I could choose to trust Him with confidence, surrendering my fears to Him.
Would He have taught me those things even if I hadn’t formally embraced these words? Yes, likely, but I’m so thankful that He had already begun doing the work to prepare my heart so that I wouldn’t miss what He wanted me to learn.
As you select a word, I recommend having a Bible verse or passage that also goes with it. This protects you from selecting a word that doesn’t line up with Scripture or from your word leading you away from Truth.
Plus, as you meditate on both your word and verse throughout the year, you are cementing Scripture in your heart and mind.
Because the word you select is based on the truth of Scripture, as you focus on that word throughout the year, your character is transforming to be more like Jesus. We won’t be fully transformed this side of Heaven, but don’t we all want to continue being changed by Him?
Of course, there’s no “formula” in selecting a word of the year, and you could do it in a myriad of ways. But I can attest that there sure are some great benefits to living our lives on purpose.
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