Another year is ending and another beginning. I always take some time to think back over the past one before looking to the future. There have been tough years and great years. I have learned many things in all of them. A number of years ago I developed a practice of asking God for a word for the year, and God has faithfully supplied one. Sometimes it comes as a single impression, sometimes as a repeated word in conversations. Last year’s was Promise. As I entered the year it seemed it referred to believing God for what He has promised us, but I found my belief shaky as I entered the year. I started listening for the word. It was amazing how many times I heard it and what it led me to think about. Now as I look back, I see how God was using that word to encourage me to believe all that He has promised. That word has produced great fruit.
Sometimes I have to wait for the year’s word. This year it came a few weeks early and very clearly…GROW. I started thinking on all that could mean. It could entail many things. One thing is for sure- it means change. It means leaving some things behind…maybe some things that have become too comfortable. It holds a little trepidation wondering how that growth will happen. It also holds an excitement. I garden so the thought of growth tells me that there is work to be done and something beautiful and useful coming in the end.
I have come to love my “Word for the Year” each year. Try it. God’s insights into just one word are amazing