For the past 3, (going on 4) years of my life—I have chosen to devote myself to a single word each year that is chosen prayerfully. If you go back far enough, you can find my post on the first ever word I chose (I won’t reveal it here). Choosing ‘my word’ has been a great blessing to me. My words have stretched me, given me strength, and brought me deep joy through their individual journey.
In the past, my words came to me rather quickly. Yes, I did pray and listen—but it never took long for the tiny spirit inside me to react and know ‘This is my word’. This time was different. I had to pray more. I had to listen more. I had to pay attention to my life more. My mind sifted through multiple words and I could not land on the one. It was quite unusual and I questioned if I would know which word I was given soon enough.
And of course, two days before the new year approached, God showed me that my 2019 word was indeed HOPE and that I needed to get on board with Him and delight in this word.
Because—at first, this word sounded boring to me. It was one of the words that kept swirling around in my mind and it seemed dull compared to the others. I kept thinking that ‘hope’ was just a last effort resort to dealing with hard situations. I supposed “I hope…” was an empty phrase that you say when you don’t know how to respond. That is weak, dying hope. My thoughts were wrong, very wrong.
Even in the few days I have had with this word, God reminds me of scriptures He has given us about hope.
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
The Bible says Hope sits right next to Faith and Love. It says Hope can make us soar. Hope is surely not an afterthought or a mere ‘wish’, hope is our powerful anchor and my heart is excited to see how this word changes my life this year.
I have insecurities and heart issues that I need hope for. I have questions and confusions about my life that desire the grounding of hope.
Hope is an umbrella, which covers all of my life.
For this word, I am already thankful.
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