There is so much talk all over the internet about picking ‘one word’ for a year to be your main focus. I have done this on and off for a couple of years. Previous words of mine have been, “Presence” where I focused on God’s Presence and also being aware of my presence with my family. Another one was “Intentional” and that year I really strived to be intentional in all that I said and all that I did.
I haven’t picked a word the last couple of years, but this year after I read Waiting Here for You by Louie Giglio I really felt like my word for 2016 was to be HOPE.
I took a 40-day social media fast starting before Thanksgiving and ending after the New Year. It was such a refreshing time of being intentional and present (see what I did there?!) and really focusing on Jesus, His birth, and ultimately His Life. I can not recount for you, (actually, that’s a lie, I can because I wrote them all down, but I won’t do that to you) all the ways that God spoke His Hope to me over the course of that fast, reading through my advent devotionals, and continually since then.
There are so many things that I (we – Jeff and I) are hoping for this year. We are hoping for people that we love will come to know Jesus. We are hoping for friends of ours to be chosen as a forever family through adoption. (Update: Prayers answered!! Woo Hoo!!) We are hoping for health and healing for family and friends. We are hoping that we will live our lives in a way that glorifies God.
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)
I want that kind of HOPE! I want to be filled with so much joy and peace that no matter what life holds, or circumstances I face, that I will overflow with HOPE!!!
What are you hoping for this year? Do you have a word for 2016? Let me know!!
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