What I love about OneWord365 is how by simply inviting one simple word into your life... it opens you up to find it all year long.
As the OneWord365 website says, "Forget New Year's Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won't remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long."
I wrote a bit about Change here and here and here --but really, a lot of the Change that I encountered was deep and quiet... and it hasn't really fully surfaced yet.
In reflecting over 2016, I realized that Change was super bossy this year. I think he sensed my initial hesitation, even though he'd been courting me for years.
Some gifts he brought were kind and obvious and full of grace... others were rejected at first glance because, well --just no thanks, man. And yet... Change --when brought under the submission of our good, good Father, always brings about His best for us. (It's just that sometimes I forget!)
I titled this post "I am so done with Change" -but we all know that is not true... that is never true! Change happens... whether we embrace it or not. If we are alive... if we are growing... change is happening!
So while I am not 'done' with Change, I'm ready to move on and look for and expect... to make room for and be intentional in pursuing something new. I've gone from Release, to Surprise, to Vision, to Wonder, to Change, to my OneWord for 2017 which I LOVE! (Thank You, Jesus!)
My OneWord365 for 2017 is: "Dwell"
I know, right? It's just so SWOON-worthy!
I love words and picking just one is always a bit of challenge but I love how when I start to lean in to whatever my OneWord may be for the coming year, --well, He always let's me know that my Word is coming for me!
After Change... and honestly, after this year as a whole and all the heaviness and hard that it offered, my exhausted soul is in need of the reminder to DWELL!
Again... looking up the definition of my OneWord always helps because often I just think I know what it means. When in reality, there is usually so much more to it than I first can see.
Here are a few of the definitions that stood out to me for Dwell:
: to remain for a time, to reside
: to live as a resident
: to exist, to lie or to be or to stay at rest
: to keep the attention directed upon
: to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought
: to speak or write insistently
I mean... come on!
That's a Good Word, right there!
As has become my habit, I also asked God for a Scripture. Because, you know, confirmation!
So I prayed... knowing several verses that talk of dwelling but literally closing the Word and letting it fall open. It is no surprise that it opened here:
"One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple." Psalm 27:4 NASB
This verse, y'all! I will expand on how this confirmation makes more sense when I write my post next week, sharing the Prophetic Word I believe the Lord has given me for 2017.
As is now my custom, I pray early on New Years Day and usually post in the afternoon, sharing what I feel the Lord is saying for the year to come for us all!
Until then, let us Dwell... let us Behold... let us Meditate!
Let us turn our attention and shift our affection toward the Lord and let us remember that no matter WHAT this New Year holds... He is holding it all in His nail scarred hands.
He's got us. This world is spinning, but it only feels like it may be spinning out of control!
Take Heart, dear friends...
Happy New Year, sweet readers!
Linking up with these lovely ladies:
Jennifer Dukes Lee for #TellHisStory
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday
Kelly Balarie for #RaRaLinkUp
Do you have OneWord this year? If so, I'd love to know what it is! Share in the Comments below!