I love how the blogging world has caught on to the “One Word” phenomenon. God has been giving me a word for every year since 1998, and it is nice to have a place to chronicle this journey and share the hope of His promises year after year. My process seems to be a little different than many I see. Many people choose their own word for the new year. However, I do not. God gives it to me through much prayer and reading of the Word.
Last year my one word was faithful. When I took a look at how my life unfolded last year, I cannot believe how accurate that one word was. Believe me when I tell you that God is faithful!
God knows that while 2013 lived up to “faithful” in full action, it didn’t come without many many challenges.
I was challenged in my health.
I was challenged as a wife.
I was challenged as a mother.
I was challenged in our finances.
I was challenged by people attacking my character.
I was challenged over and over and over.
Just to name a few.
But He is faithful.
This year, the Lord gave me my word only a few days before the new year. This is not very typical. Usually He speaks to my heart sooner, but for what ever reason (I fully trust HIS sovereignty) He waited to give me my word for 2014. And without any further ado…
For 2014, my word is: Restoration
The verse He gave me to go along with it refreshes me to the very essence of my soul.
This year my verse is found in Joel 2:25-26 (ESV):
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
I can hardly wait to see all that the Lord does in my heart this year as well as the various ways He will show himself strong. I can’t help but get lost in the scriptures as I seek out new meaning to the one word: Restoration.
I am confident that the Lord will make this year exactly what He said it would be, as a matter of fact I am counting on it.
Here’s to a fabulous new year, a new start. I pray that each of you will RELISH in His blessings in 2014.