God gave me my word for 2017 early this year. Do any of you do that? Ask God for a word to focus on … something to learn as we approach a new year?
It’s fun and scary and interesting all the same. In 2014 He gave me the word Grace. From January 1, I was astounded about how much I didn’t know about Grace. It wasn’t about the grace He poured out on me. God mainly taught me how to give grace to others. I had to break down old ways of thinking and breakthrough stereotypical opinions and it was a tough lesson and an extremely rewarding year.
Last year God started me out with Joy. How could I have known that that word would carry me through multiple trials and tribulations regarding my health? But God knew. I needed a whole new outlook on Joy – what it was – how to get it – and how to maintain it through dark and scary times. It is to God’s glory alone that I was able to find my joy (which was truly HIS joy) and spread that joy to others while suffering through cancer and all the therapy’s to combat it.
While I normally spend the last week of the year grumbling and groveling and praying for God to give me a word – this year – it was just before Christmas when I thought that I oughta start the process so I could hear the word before New Year’s Day. God decided not to wait. Over the Christmas weekend I received the same word by three different people.
What is it?
Courage. Said like the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz. Normally here I break into song with one finger vibrating my Adam’s apple … “If I were king of the foreeeeesssssttttt … not queen, not duke, not prince.”
I know why God has given me this word (and you will too very soon) and I’m going to embrace it. And even though I know I’ve moved miles away from being fearful over the past year and a half; I’m ecstatic that God will teach me more. That He cares. That He will take the time to grow me.
So … will you ask God for a word for 2017? If you do, please circle back here when you’ve received it and let us know in the comments!
Happy New Year everyone! I’ll see you back here in 2017.
To Our Health!