In my church we are encouraged every year to pick #OneWord for the year.
Actually, we're not supposed to pick it.
The idea is, talk to God and ask Him what area He wants to grow you in this year. Then He will point out a word in everyday life that just keeps popping up. You'll notice it. That's your word.
I've actually been struggling with finding a word for this year, so I'm going to start out with a verse that keeps showing up in my thoughts. Two key words in this verse are two of my options, ironically.
Here is my verse for 2017:
My two word options taken from this are JOY and STRENGTH.
I want to be strong. I know that I have it in me to push on hard and to gain strength, devotion, and perseverance. But I need God as my backup- no, not my backup. He is it all. I have no strength apart from Him. Without Him, I actually have nothing.
On the other side of things, the word joy has been sticking out to me a little bit. The past year I have really thought I've learned to mentally separate joy and happiness. But honestly there is a lot more I can learn with that. I KNOW it, I just don't live it in the everyday annoyances and stress and routine. I want to find joy in everything I do, because I'm supposed to be doing everything for the Lord!
"The joy of the Lord is my strength."
That is such a powerful message- and I know that sometimes just remembering that and talking to Him gets me through my day.
What's a verse that has stuck out to you a lot lately?
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