A fresh new year is now firmly upon us. I waited a few weeks into January to broach this lets-start-out-right nugget so that if you’re like me and feel like your feet are stuck in suction muck, you’ll have had a little extra time to get your act together.
For many, the first of a new year means choosing a word for that year … a word that brings focus to personal plans, desires, goals, and energies for the upcoming twelve months.
A bit tardy to the party (as usual), I began selecting a word-for-the-year in 2017 and I’ve found it to be a wonderful habit indeed. What better way to dash off the starting blocks than to hone in on a word that inspires and motivates you to go spiritually higher up and deeper in? (Love that phrase from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.)
I know a gal whose word for 2021 is “wing.” It comes from the scripture about the Lord protecting His children under His wing, like a mama bird protects her young from harm. She felt it was important for her to remember (after last year’s fear and uncertainty) that regardless of her circumstances, she will always be safe under her heavenly father’s wing of provision.
A guy I know has chosen the word “yet.” *He says this short, pithy word helps him focus on what he has and not on what he’s lost. And what he has includes the incredible gift of Jesus and the salvation He’s brought to us. Did you know “yet” is used in scripture about 400 times – often to provide hope during times of great loss – in passages like:
“I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. YET I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease” (Lam 3:20-22, NLT, emphasis mine).
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, YET will I rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights” (Hab 3:17-19 NIV, emphasis mine).
Wow. What an understated, underrated, but very hope-stirring word: yet.
My word for this year is “faithful.” It comes from one of my favorite verses, the one that I keep sticky-noted to my computer desk to remind me why, when things get tough and I’m avalanched under rejection slips and hurtful criticism and only two people enter my giveaway and when the publishers forget my name, I still keep plugging away at writing.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me FAITHFUL, appointing me to his service” (1 Tim 1:12 NIV).
And that wonderful word – faithful – goes both ways. Because He’s always faithful to me, I want to be more and more faithful to Him. Every day of 2021.
So what’s your word for the upcoming year, my friend? We’d all love for you to share it with our community of BFFs (Blessed Friends Forever)…
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*Thanks to Steve Laube for this awesome insight.
My word for 2021 that I heard is RESTORATION!! See Joel 2:25-26 – So I will RESTORE to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord your God who has dealt wonderously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.
Deuteronomy 5:32-33. …
Exodus 19:5. …
II Timothy 2:11-13. …
Proverbs 3:5-6. …
John 14:1. …
God is faithful….no matter how many times I fall short of the Glory of God, HE is still faithful….HE will never leave me nor forsake me!
I love our Jesus…King of kings Lord of lords! Our God is Awesome!
Becky Alexander says
My word for 2021 is SOLID, as in Solid Ground.
Little Bit says
Hope is my word!
Paula M Yandow says
I just picked my word for 2021. Nevertheless. As in “Nevertheless, she persisted” , one of my favorite sayings on a hard, trying day! I chose it to have gratitude for even the mundane things of everyday. I have a stack of dirty dishes to wash, nevertheless I am thankful for the food God has provided our family. The floors need sweeping again, Nevertheless I am thankful for family and friends who have crossed my threshold today. I had hoped to have my chores done by now but have had so many interruptions, nevertheless God gives us the time we need to do what’s important. Happy New Year! May God bless you and hold you and your family close in his loving arms!
Lisa Hanna says
I pray for all those who are affected by COVID a d their loved ones. I also ask for prayers for my son. Thank you!
My word for this year is Trust ..
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart
Proverbs 3:5&6 ..
Patti Jo Moore says
Happy New Year, Debora!
My word for 2021 is COURAGE.
After this past year (which included the loss of several dear friends and a beloved family member), I want to face each day ready to do what God has called me to do. I don’t want sadness and fear from 2020 to keep me from moving forward as I serve my Lord.
For the past 7 years, I’ve had this verse taped to my writing desk: Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24 I love that verse!
Thank you for so faithfully sharing your posts (and your wisdom!).
Blessings on the year ahead, Patti Jo