It was December 28th and I still had not made a decision. Every year, around September, I start to pray about my “One Word”. This is my third year of doing a word instead of a resolution. Each year, I have had the word picked out by October , November at the latest. This year, December 28th was here, and I still did not have a word.
I prayed. I asked God to speak clearly and boldly so that I would know what it was that he wanted me to do.
Words like Joy, Depth, and Rest floated around my head- but none of them were confirmed to me through scripture.
Finally, on December 28th, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I wanted to spend a night mapping out my goals (which work much better than resolutions for me) – but I still didn’t have a word. I flipped on my Bible App, checking the verse of the day.
It was that moment that God gave me my One Word.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary: they shall walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
The Word leaped off the screen. Renew.
It made sense. I had thought about Rest – taking a year to just rest in the Lord, rest in my family life, just to rest. Yet, God reminded me that there was much that I had set out to accomplish that was left undone. I wasn’t suppose to simply rest.
Yet, renew would mean rest. It would mean taking time to renew my heart in each area of my life. It would mean focusing with the right attitude on the tasks before me, and not rushing to complete – or leaving things undone. Yes, renew was a better way to describe what God wanted me to do – and it would include rest.
I thought about how renew would mean depth. I want to renew my daily time with the Lord. I want to renew my prayer life. I want to renew my attitude toward serving. I want to grow deeper with God- and I will – by renewing.
Then, I thought about joy. A sweet friend of mine had used the word Joy for 2016 – and boy, did God teach her so much through her journey to joy. Yet, the more I thought about joy, the more I thought about how renewing my life would bring me joy in so many areas. Yes, renew would mean joy for me.
So, as another year comes to a close and the dawning of a New Year is before me, I have decided to renew myself – so that I might be able to fly, run and walk in this new year with the Lord.
I will be renewing in several areas:
- My Walk With God
- My Marriage
- My Parenting
- My Homeschooling
- My Business (Blog!)
- My Health
- My Schedule
- My Life
I hope that after this year is done, that I will feel renewed.
What is your word for the New Year?
Worshiping With My Life,