I don't remember where I first ran into the idea, but I love asking God for a word or theme verse to ponder and incorporate into my life. This year I think my word is BELIEVE and the verse is Isaiah 43:18-19:
“Forget about what’s happened! Don’t keep going over old history. Be alert! Be present! I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out. Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road in the desert and rivers in the badlands.” (MSG)
This verse and really the chapter have spoken to me over the last few years. What's really standing out to me this year are the middle sentences: Be alert! Be present! Don't miss what I'm doing now. Ouch. How often am I somewhere else rather than in the moment? Whether that moment is teaching one of the kids long division, interacting with our toddler, or playing a game? Often my mind is working on multiple levels, and that's not always a good thing.
So what's your word for the year? Here are some people gave me last week...maybe they'll inspire you or resonate...
o Rest o Hope o Prosper o Work o Change o Finish o Love
o Seeing o Productivity o Love: I Cor 13 o Balance o Empowerment
o Trust o Sustain o Center (prior year was gather) o expectation o listen
o intention o relax o focus o give o transformed o nurse o harvest
o wait o faith