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Every year, I ask God to show me what He has for me in the upcoming year, and what my focus should be. Usually, I fill page upon page in my journal of the many words, phrases He speaks, things He shows me, or Scriptures He highlights.
However, last year was the first year that I had ever heard about taking what I felt God had for me and boiling it all down to just ONE word!
How can someone choose just 1 word?
Please tell me you understand my dilemma ?
On most days, I have many, many words inside just waiting to get out….
Can I get an amen?!
As 2017 crept closer and closer, I kept thinking that I wasn’t done with my word for 2016, which was … Advance.
I wasn’t sure I was ready to move on. Had I studied it enough, let it be a part of my year enough, or even fully understood the scope of all God had for me to embrace about it.
In fact, I am a firm believer that God operates in seasons and isn’t tied to a calendar year, so I was fully prepared to continue on in 2017 with Advance. In fact, there are many things that started ‘advancing’ in my life and ministry in 2016 that are carrying over to 2017 and beyond.
After waking up sick on Christmas morning with no warning and being down and out well into the New Year, I began to wonder if God wasn’t telling me my word for 2017 was to be ‘Rest’.
As I voiced my thoughts to God in prayer, and daily conversations, I had many words swirling around me for days and weeks.
One thing I knew for certain, was that He was definitely calling me into a deeper more intimate relationship with Him.
Not that, my relationship with Him wasn’t deep, or intimate, but that He was calling me deeper still. He was asking me to give Him my time and attention. I was to be purposeful and intentional about spending time with Him, first. He was calling me to be with Him in the secret place.
Last week, I shared how God had prompted me to go to my book shelf, locate and dust off the book The Secrets of The Secret Place by Bob Sorge and use during my devotional time. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled, not because it wasn’t a good book.
It is! It’s Excellent!
In fact, it is such a good book, I am personally giving away a copy! (Please make sure to enter the drawing below by using the RaffleCopter and enter yourself to win your very own copy!)
The reason why I wasn’t happy, had more to do with my experiences the time I first read it.
Our memories and emotions are funny things. They can come rushing back in an instant. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read last week’s post and all my angst, around this simple request from the Lord, you can find it here:
It seemed liked God was calling me into the Secret Place to “Sit at His Feet.” Yet, these thoughts were more than #oneword !!!! So, “intimacy” seemed the best word to describe what I felt God was calling me to focus on for 2017.
Two Sundays ago, in church, I still had the word ‘intimacy’ on my mind. When out of the blue as the Pastor (aka my husband) was preaching I had 3 more words drop in my heart: Stillness, Abide, and Quiet.
I continued to ask one question of the Lord, “What’s my Word?” Throughout the next few days, I waited, and I waited and then He dropped a word, THE word in my heart.
The ONE Word …
- to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
- to live or continue in a given condition or state:
- to dwell in happiness.
- to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon):
Looking back, it seemed to make complete sense. I had been sensing that Psalm 27 and Psalm 91 were to be inheritance word Scriptures for me in 2017. (If you don’t know what and Inheritance word Scripture is, read about it here):
Dwell is definitely an interesting choice for sure, while it’s close to ‘abide’, its different, and yet encompasses it. It encompasses the other words and thoughts too.
I have no idea where this journey will lead as my #oneword – DWELL is lighting the way in 2017.
This however, I do know: God will show me, He will lead me, and as I am in still also in a season of advancing with Him, He above all is asking me to be with Him, to dwell with Him.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4
Do you participate in choosing #OneWord for the year? If so, I would love to hear what it is and how you came to choose it.
I look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday on my Video Blog (VLog) . This Past Tuesday, on the vlog, I shared a little excerpt from Bob Sorge’s Book, “The Secrets of the Secret Place”. Be sure to check it out to learn more about this powerful book.
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