As the end of 2017 was approaching I was contemplating whether I was going to pick a word to focus on for 2018. This was something that I was really wrestling with because it was something that I really had never done before but, yet I felt like God was really pushing me in the direction to do so.
As many of you know, Mandy had gotten into the habit of picking a focus word for her year. Last year it was renew and with everything that happened that word took on a whole new meaning. I can’t tell you the number of time that the word “renew” came into play for me as we dealt with their passing and with our new normal.
There were several times when I thought that I had settled on a word and then as quickly as I thought I had it settled I became unsettled about it. I just simply didn’t know where God was pointing me to and even gave up on the whole thought process for a while. Part of me was hoping that if I just ignored the urging to pick a word that it would just go away.
Every fifth Sunday our Sunday School class has a time of sharing and testimonies. New Year’s Eve was the fifth Sunday and we all shared about the “trials” of 2017 and how it had been a very rough year for our church and our care group leaders (Tim and I are leaders) and I shared the following:
You know I keep hearing Mandy when time have been bad or hard or when I am down and just don’t feel like I can go another step saying “Momma you’re supposed to worship God with your whole life and that means no what is happening. Your whole life means in good days, bad days, through grief and happiness” and that has really helped me. The next day I was sitting at work and God laid on my heart that I need to write about that, and I am going to be posting something on that soon. But suddenly it hit me, Rhonda your word for 2018 is Worship and you need to share about that very thing all year!
Psalm 29:2 – Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
One thing I know for sure is that the word Worship was very important to Mandy. It is part of the very name that she picked for her Blog and there is no doubt in my mind that God has a reason for me to pick the word WORSHIP for 2018. I am excited and if I am honest even a little nervous, but I know God will lead.
Have you picked a word for 2018 or maybe a verse or quote that you want to focus on this year? I would love to hear about it if you would like to share.