Have you ever thought of having a Word for the year? I started doing this in 2019. 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 2019. He gave me the word Trust. Right then I was 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 chose were Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this” and Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
In 2020, God gave me the word Hope. Oh my, how I needed that word from Him. He knew the pandemic was coming and that it would radically change my life. He knew I would need hope in Him to sustain me during the months of lonely isolation and the fear of the unknown. The verse I chose for hope was Psalm 71:14 “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.“
In 2021 I found myself bogged down by the pandemic, life’s complexities with schooling my grandkids, working on Zoom and continued isolation. I felt I lacked something and the word God gave me was joy. My verses were Habakkuk 3:18 “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” and Nehemiah 8:10 “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” True to His Word, God allowed me to view the events of 2021 through the lens of His joy. I am grateful for His perspective in my life.
For 2022, I have been asking God what new Word He desires to use in my life. He had impressed upon me as I’ve been in prayer that He wants me to claim and focus on Faith. The verses are still to be determined as I listen to God in the days ahead. Life with God as my guide is a great adventure that always has purpose and direction!
If you think this might help your focus for the year, pray and ask God to reveal to you a focus word for 2022. 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. As we desire to live for Him each day, God reminds us in Jeremiah 29:11 He has a plan. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“
Pray, listen, look to His Word for your focus and direction in 2022.
May you have a blessed year filled with His Words!