Can you believe it? Did 2013 go by quickly for you too? Honestly, it seems to have flown right by, leaving me in the dust . . . in a heap. 2013 was our busiest year, from the Women’s Expos in February and March, to a full line up of Markets and LIFE in between. I am finally getting my wind back, as it was completely knocked out of me by December!
Are you ready for this new year? Each year I choose just one word (sometimes it’s a phrase) for my new year. I prayerfully consider what word will be my focus each year and encourage my children and husband to do the same. Have you done this? It is so fun. No long list of resolutions that will long be forgotten by February 1. Nope, just one simple word to define your year. Just one word you want to focus on the whole year.
What is on your heart this year? Perhaps, HOPE, Faith, Strength, Believe, Joy, Freedom, Purpose, whatever the Lord speaks to your heart. I would LOVE to know what your word (s) is/are.
My WORD for 2014:
Usually it seems as though my “WORD” comes to me at the last minute. This year, it has been stirring for weeks.
When my mind swirls with fears and insecurities, I hear, “Be Still and Know”. Shhhhh, stop the striving and just know that He is right here and in control.
When faced with my own weaknesses, “Be Still and Know” that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!
When I feel so far from God and my mind races, “Be Still and Know” that He will never leave me nor forsake me. KNOW that He is Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord who is there.
When so much ‘bad’ happens and the heaviness crushes any hope of it changing, “Be Still and Know” that He works ALL things together for the good of those who love Him.
The phrase, “Be Still” speaks to me of calming, quiet, shhhh, stop, cease. As if to put a finger over one’s mouth, shhh, calm your soul.
The phrase, “And Know” tells me to remember who HE is, who I am in Him and who He is in each and every situation. He is always good and I am always loved.
I don’t know about you, but my mind can take me from 0-60 in a nanosecond. The thoughts just swirl and overwhelm and I feel like my Father is saying to me, Shhhhh, quiet, just be still, and KNOW what the Truth is in this situation. Calm and peace returns.
So, in case you are still wondering, my WORD, is actually WORDS, “Be Still and Know” I also love another version, Cease striving and know that I am God.
There is still time, if you want to share your WORD for 2014, feel free to share it. I’d love to know your thoughts for the new year!