One word to focus on.
|No... not that kind of ONE WORD|
I like finding scripture that follows along with the idea of one word & try to keep that verse near in my heart... try to find God's word on that topic all year long.
I have to say, this year, I have been going nuts on trying to find a word.
I wish you could see my paper. Yes, I have a paper. Full of words that come to mind.
I knew that I wanted my word to focus more on what I can feel is becoming a battle for me.... my anxiety... my worry.
I have taken a turn where I worry about everything. I mean EVERYTHING.
Did I hurt someone's feelings?
How am I ever going to get my house clean?
What is that weird pain?
What does the future hold?
How are my family & friends doing?
Are my dogs OK?
Did I just say the wrong thing?
Did I turn off the hair straightener?
Any topic... I worry about it.
So I started thinking of words...
My list included:
Golly... can you see where I drove myself nuts?
I really thought I was going to go with Courage, especially because one of my favorite verses is Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go .... how cool is that verse?
Side note... I always say this verse in an British accent... don't ask why... long story... but I do...
... & my word of the year sort of works together with the idea of courage.
But I think I finally narrowed it down... drum roll...
My word for 2015?
Full of conviction... certain... Having assurance....
I need this in all areas of my life....
I found verses that really stick out to me when it comes to the word Confident as well
Let us then approach the throne of grace WITH CONFIDENCE, so that we may receive mercy & find grace to help us in our time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16
...God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say WITH CONFIDENCE, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" ~Hebrews 13:5-6
This is the CONFIDENCE we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. ~1 John 5:14
All of that really speaks to my anxiety & worry.
I need to approach life with confidence.
The people I speak with, I need confidence in my words.
My photography, I need confidence in my work.
In my relationship with God, I need confidence of His presence & plan in my life.
I need confidence that everything will work out... everything is as it should be.
It's funny because my sweet friend Chasity, YEARS ago, told me something that was sort of a joke, but we have seen it really holds truth... if you say anything with enough confidence, others will believe it... it's true... try it...
She's so funny. She actually showed me by saying something off of the wall, & saying it will full confidence, people were like, "Really?"
I want to start applying that in my life...
even if I'm not completely sure about something, saying 'It's going to be OK" with confidence - maybe I'll convince myself.
I've been going back & forth really not sure that this is the word I need for the year (see? that worrying about everything again)... but then I remembered that God speaks a LOT of words to me in my day, in my week, in my year... I don't have to only hear this ONE word... but I can see what God shows me about it as 2015 goes by.
& I'm confident He will :)
But I'll also keep my ear open for all the other words He has to show to me... believe that.
Do you do the One Word for the year?
What is your word?
Did God really press one lesson in your life in 2014?