According to MyOneWord.org, having a word to define your year is a process of seeking God for “just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future.” I began using a word to define my year back in 2012, and it has truly been transformational for me.
That first year my one word was “intentional.” Through that word God gave me the idea for Intentionally Pursuing out of a desire to live my life on purpose and intentionally pursue the heart of God.
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)
2013 was defined by the word “hope.” That year I wrote out every Bible verse that contained the word “hope,” looked up the original Hebrew and Greek of each instance, and then SOAP’d (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer) many of the verses.
**Fun Facts** There are 180 verses in the NIV that contain the word “hope.” The Old Testament Hebrew contains 14 different words for “hope,” and the New Testament Greek contains 3 different words for “hope.”
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5 (NIV)
My one word for 2014 was “delight.” To start the year off right, I made this wall art to remind me to “Take delight in the Lord.” Then I made it my goal to seek a delight from the Lord each week, something that would bring a smile to my face and His praises on my lips.
I pictured a year where I spent more time in nature, and He delighted me with animal sightings and beautiful views. But when 2014 started off with a cold front and rainy days, I huddled indoors and learned God was not limited by my expectations.
Though there have been some animal sightings (bunnies, dolphins, deer, manatee, raccoon, and even an armadillo), God has delighted me with financial blessings, belly laughs, free afternoons to read, celebrating Daisy’s 14th birthday, and so much more : ) Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will become the desire of your heart ♥
I have been praying for a word to define 2015, and God has given me “believe.” I anticipate there might be some challenges where I pray “… ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!'” (Mark 9:24). But I pray I will end 2015 with the words “‘Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!'” (Luke 1:45).
Have you used a word to define your year before? What word will you use to define 2015?
Rest in His presence.