Each year He does.
I start asking..... and thinking, wondering what it could be? I think of a word..... but then think.... no probably not.... and then I see THAT word EVERYWHERE!
God does it like that.....
In 2011~ Mercy
In 2012~ Grace
In 2013~ Peace
In 2014~ Hope....
My word for 2014 was HOPE. 2014 was a hard year. Lots of hard eucharisteo. I would cry out to Him.... and remember my word. In the first few months I doubted that it was my word at all. We sang the song by Hillsong. Oceans.
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
But my song that we would sing throughout the year..... "In Christ Alone."
In Christ alone.... my HOPE is found... He is my Light, my Strength, my song....
I would wake up in the night and just pray....
In December.... it was like God spoke to me.... several things happened that showed me HOPE.
So I guess what I am trying to explain is...... for 11 months I kept waiting.... HOPING.... and the last month of the year.....
HIS HOPE washed over me. Through other people, through working out a situation that seemed impossible..... to helping with my sustaining longing. It. floored. me.
I pray I can remember this. Remember how He tells us to wait on Him. That His timing is perfect.
So, as I enter into 2015. My word.... for this new year is
Yes, I know very simple. For me though.... after a year of HOPE and how He worked through some big things.... His way.... I need to ....
My Hope is found in Christ alone..... and JOY comes from within so ... through the HOPE of Christ then JOY comes out.
JOY. JOY. JOY.
Even now.... just this minute.... I went looking for a song I heard at Christmas by Rend Collective. Their version of JOY to the World. Instead this song came up. I have never heard it before!
JOY JOY JOY
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love
The pain will not define us
Joy will reignite us
You're the song
You're the song
Of our hearts
Isn't He amazing. He draws us to Him. He is my JOY.
May the JOY of the Lord be yours!
Happy New Year!