I always look forward to the New Year; not so much for the New Year’s resolutions, nor for a new start, though both can have its place. I like the New Year because it is an opportunity to examine the past year and seek insight for the year ahead. For me, this is more than what I did or did not do. It’s not a time to beat myself up on the should’ves, would’ves, or could’ves. It’s not even a time to praise myself for all the wonderous accomplishments. I have done both in the past, and they leave me empty.
Specifically over the last couple of years I have started building a New Year’s tradition just me and The Lord. I block out special time to be with Him. Just like spending time with a friend and/or a spouse. For example, there are times when my husband and I are home together, working on our own projects and sharing the same space. We see each other and have small chats of conversation. Yet, it is important to us that we have date night. Date night allows us to intentionally set time together limiting distractions so we can chat and really learn more about each other.
I started asking myself why would it be any different with God? I am finding that if I want to know God, to hear more of His voice, and share more conversations, then I want to be intentional in spending time with Him.
During this new year’s time with The Lord I examine the past and seek out pathways for the future. He shows me areas of growth, as well as, offers opportunities to learn from the struggles and failures. (Yes, I admit sometimes reviewing the struggles and failures are hard, and I would like to ignore them. But, when I dare to step into these, and bring them to The Lord, He teaches me many valuable lessons and helps prepare me for the next round.) The nuggets gleamed from looking at the past serve as stepping stones for the present and future building focus and direction in the new year.
The BeBeloved team is also building a tradition in seeking God for a word to carry each of us through the new year. I am thankful to share this connection with our BeBeloved team. I pray that as we share our words that it deposits courage, hope, love, and perseverance unto you in this year ahead. Praying it stirs you to join us in this process in asking The Lord for your word for this next year.
In seeking God’s heart in His word for me, I want to share that each person is unique so each one of us will have different experiences with The Lord and will receive a different word(s). (So, there is NO right way!) In my prayer time The Lord shared His word for me this year is ABUNDANCE and He linked it to the verse John 10:10. [content_box_light_blue width="75%"]“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”[/content_box_light_blue] In praying into this word and verse, and I am once again amazed in God’s timing and love. He has been wooing me towards this word for the last couple of months, and I did not realize it until now. Now I am ready to receive this word. Oh, how perfect is His timing, how gentle and loving are His ways!
In reviewing last year, I see one of the core seeds that has held me captive was in the lies and fears of scarcity. The shackle of scarcity makes me feel like I do not have enough…not enough time, knowledge, money, resources…etc and that all this equates to me not being enough. The scarcity mindset has cost me. It produces unrealistic expectations and plans. It leaves me continuously straining for more, but the more is not defined. The more is just more.
The word ABUNDANCE is God’s gift to me. With this word He shines Light on the lies and fears rooted in scarcity. The thief is Satan who comes to steal and kill and destroy. Satan tries to root the scarcity mindset in me hoping to strip away God’s Truth in who I am – His child, His beloved, His friend.
Join me as I share more of my journey in embracing God’s word for me. I want to hear about your word and story too so please add it to the comments below.