Thursday, January 20, 2011

What's Your Word for 2011?

Since it's the beginning of a new year, I've been asking God over the last several weeks what my word or theme for this year is. If you listen to K-LOVE, I'm sure you heard them talking about that last week, too.

I don't remember where I first ran into the idea, but I love asking God for a word or theme verse to ponder and incorporate into my life. This year I think my word is BELIEVE and the verse is Isaiah 43:18-19:

“Forget about what’s happened! Don’t keep going over old history. Be alert! Be present! I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out. Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road in the desert and rivers in the badlands.” (MSG)

This verse and really the chapter have spoken to me over the last few years. What's really standing out to me this year are the middle sentences: Be alert! Be present! Don't miss what I'm doing now. Ouch. How often am I somewhere else rather than in the moment? Whether that moment is teaching one of the kids long division, interacting with our toddler, or playing a game? Often my mind is working on multiple levels, and that's not always a good thing.

So what's your word for the year? Here are some people gave me last week...maybe they'll inspire you or resonate...

o   Rest   o   Hope   o   Prosper  o   Work  o   Change   o   Finish  o   Love
o   Seeing  o   Productivity  o   Love: I Cor 13  o   Balance  o   Empowerment
o   Trust       o   Sustain   o Center (prior year was gather)  o   expectation  o   listen
o   intention  o   relax  o   focus  o   give  o   transformed  o   nurse  o   harvest
o   wait  o   faith


Debby Giusti said...

I usually get a word but haven't so far this year. Courage stayed with me for a number of years, and to this day when I hear the word, I know God wants to get my attention.

Believe is another word that's special to me. I have a faux-rock outside my front door nestled in with my plants that says Believe. Also a sign in my bedroom and another on my desk.

Love your scripture for 2011.

It's all good! :)

Liz Johnson said...

Cara, this is a fabulous idea! I really need a word for this year, but I'll have to think and pray about it a bit. Thanks for the suggestion.