Several years ago, I began praying for a word of the year from the Lord. The first year, I heard the word “courage”. This was the year I learned how to swim and did my first triathlon and half marathon. I felt like a stallion!
The 2nd year, I got the word “rest” and thought…. what a whimpy word!!! Ha! If you have followed my Facebook page or blog for any length of time you will know that I hit the ground running every day and don’t stop until my head hits the pillow at night. Turns out, about half way thru the year, the Lord began dealing with me about the pace of life I was keeping, the need to keep the Sabbath holy and the importance of REST in my life. The word “REST” was perfect for me.
So as we inch closer and closer to 2014, I have asked the Lord for a word for this year. I have not heard an audible megaphone from Heaven, but I know I have found my word. In the last month, every time I turn around, I bump into the word “JOY”. It’s become almost funny to me.
I did a project with the word JOY. A word I don’t really use much….there are plenty of “Christmasy” words I could have used….
Then I did a giveaway with the word JOY. I just happened to grab a Christmas ornament for the color and size and it happened to say joy.
I keep hearing songs with the word JOY. Keep seeing it in my bible reading. IT JUST WON’T GO AWAY.
And so, I am embracing JOY as my word for the year for 2014. It doesn’t have the same “overcomer” qualities as “courage” did. And, it doesn’t seem as quite as tranquil as “rest” did last year.
But I am guessing it will fit me just about right. He always knows best, doesn’t He? And…since the bible has 214 scriptures with the word “joy” in it and it IS a fruit of the spirit….I’m guessing it’s kind of a big deal.
And so what about you?
Do you have a word of the year for 2014???
Share it with me!