If you have been following me for a while, you know that we have a tradition at our house that every year we pick a word that will define the coming year for us. It is a very spiritual thing, we pray and seek the Lord for what He wants to teach us in this new year. It has become something very special and precious to us and we gather every January first to discuss the word that God has chosen for us and what it means to us.
Last year, my word was Pursue. While there were so many things different about myself since last year, I am so blessed to say that my relationship with the Lord has been deepened and I am coming more and more to realize how much I need Him and that I constantly need more of Him. You can read my post from last year here.
But this year, I am so excited to share my new word with you!
F E A R L E S S
This means a lot to me right now. I will try to be succinct with my thoughts and make sense, but, bear with me here.
The past few months especially this year, the Lord has shown me that there is some refining to do in me. I live in more fear than I had realized. I used to think of fear as “being afraid.” In general, like that whole, monster’s hiding under the bed thing. But it is so much more than that and can encompass so much more of our lives.
I struggle with fear of men, what they think of me, how I am presenting myself. Fear of not doing it good enough, not pleasing others. I have come to realize that a lot of that comes from not realizing whose I am and what He thinks of me.
I am hoping to grow in fearlessness this year. I want to not care about what others think. I want to be so in love with Jesus and so full of His love that it doesn’t matter. I want to fearlessly proclaim His name and grow in confidence in who He created me to be and His calling on my life.
I want to fearlessly be His light, be bold in my faith and stand up for what I believe in.
I want to drop this constant re-thinking of things, afraid that I won’t do it right. I would rather give it my all and have made a mistake, than hang back, spiritually whimpering in a corner, afraid to take that step.
I am excited to see what God has for me this year.
These are some inspirational verses that I plan to take with me this year. Notice that quite a few of them relate to who God says that I am. I find it so exciting. In the bible when God tells us not to fear, He often tells us who He is and who He is to us and what that makes us. Understanding that is key to being fearless. If we truly know who we are and believe it with all of our hearts, what can man do to us?
“And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.” ~ Eph. 6:19
“For I, the Lord you God, hold your right hand; it is I who says to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” ~ Isaiah 41:13
“The Lord is my helper, I will not fear; What can man do to me?” ~ Heb. 13:6
“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” ~ Psalm 27:3
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons by whom we cry Abba! Father.” ~ Romans 8:15
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded for you will not be disgraced, For you will forget the shame of your youth and the reproach of your widowhood, you will remember no more.” ~ Isaiah 54:4
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, In God I trust; I shall not be afraid, what can flesh do to me?” ~ Psalm 56:3-4
I would love to know, what is your word for the year?
By God’s Grace,