Have you ever thought of having a Word for the year? I had not done this until last year. I was asked to choose a word for the year and then a Bible verse or verses to support me in that focus. I prayed and asked God to give me a word to focus upon for 2018 and He gave me Hope. I was amazed at how many times this word appeared in my study, my thoughts, my writing, etc. Each time it would reassure me of His Hope that is within me and how all my hope is in Christ. There were various verses I relied upon and you’d be amazed at how many times they appeared in my daily walk. I did not focus on hope until spring as something I was doing required that I choose a word for the year. Interestingly enough, God already had prepared me as my January 1 blog used Lamentations 3:21-22 which focused on hope. I also used Jeremiah 29:11 and 1 Peter 3:15. For 2019, I have chosen Trust as my word. Right now I’m going through some things that required that I Trust in Him more than ever and not the world, things or people around me. The verses I’ve chosen are Psalm 37:5 and Nahum 1:7.
If you think this might help your focus for the year, pray and ask God to reveal to you a focus word for 2019. Here are some suggestions and possible verses to support your word:
Joy- Psalm 16:11, Psalm 63:7, Habakkuk 3:18 or James 1:2
Hope– Psalm 62:5, Psalm 147:11, Jeremiah 29:11, Lamentations 3:21-22, Romans 5:4-5 or 1 Timothy 4:10
Trust- Psalm 28:7, Psalm 31:14, Psalm 37:5, Proverbs 3:5-6 or Jeremiah 17:7
Grace– John 1:16-17, Romans 3:24, 2 Corinthians 12:9, or Ephesians 1:7
Peace- Isaiah 26:3, Matthew 5:9, John 14:27 or Philippians 4:7.
God, in His great providence, gives us so many resources to help us walk with Him in faith. All His words, we are reminded in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 are useful to us. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” I pray that choosing a word will give you focus and support in the year ahead. We desire to live for Him and as we are reminded in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”
May you have a blessed year filled with His Words!