I know many people have already shared their #OneWord2016 for the year, and it may look like I am behind. Well, it’s true, and not true. Yes, it’s true that I am behind everyone by a week or two in posting what my one word for 2016 is. But, it’s also not true that I am behind. I mean, how can one be behind on something if they didn’t know it existed?
Am, I am the only person who had never heard of choosing just one word to be my inspiration for an entire year?
I first heard about this #ONEWORD365 movement when I was linking up to my new friend Holly Barrett’s weekly blog link-up party. While I was there I saw several of my new blogging friends. Mary Geisen and Susan Shipe had also written a post on their #ONEWORD2016. (I met all these wonderful ladies at a blogging conference I attended last October, with my fabulous, awesome, multi-talented friend Patti Krank. Patti, – by the way, helped get me started in blogging, and has since moved clear across the country from me 🙁 ). Another new conference friend, Candace Playforth, posted her focus word for 2016, just this week. If you aren’t following my friends’ blogs already, please click on their names and go check out their blogs and be inspired!
While I was looking around at other posts on the link-up, I noticed a theme – One Word 2016. Everywhere I looked, everyone was choosing one word.
What was all the fuss about?
Every year, I too seek God and get a “word” for what He would like to say to the church worldwide about what the year ahead will hold. I shared it last week and you can read it here: 2016 – A Year to Take New Territory. My husband and I co-pastor a church together and we seek God for a word or a theme for our church every year as well. However, I had never-ever heard of choosing just 1 word.
As I was reading everyone’s blog posts that day, my thoughts were racing…
… “How do you boil down everything I feel God is saying into just ONE word?”
I mean, anyone who knows me, knows, I have a lot of words inside just waiting to get out. I mean, I am the queen of run-on sentences and fast-pace talking!
I felt He was asking me to press into Him, seek what He would say, and what He would choose my one word for 2016 to be.
As I was leaving a comment on Holly’s blog that day. My mind was running through the endless possibilities of what my word could be. I noted the Scripture that was at the bottom of her post that day from Proverbs 31:35 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
I thought, maybe my word was fearless. I even mentioned it in my comment, because, this Scripture had been popping up the last few weeks. Then my mind raced to the necklace I was given as a Christmas gift from a staff member. It was a key with the word INSPIRE engraved on it, from The Giving Keys. But, somehow neither of these words seemed what my one word 2016 should be – as I began seeking God over the next few days, He spoke it to my heart. Honestly, I was quite unprepared for it ….. And yet, it seems like I had already begun to walk in it.
God chose my #oneword2016 to be: ADVANCE!
Advance as in: to move forward, to move on, to grow, to improve, to accelerate, to lead others, to be promoted … and there is a whole lot more.
Wow, the word Advance sure had a lot more nuances to it than I even thought possible. It will keep me busy seeking and looking to God the entire year to exhaust the endless possibilities of this one word. I can also see how I will need the word fearless and inspire on my journey to ADVANCE through 2016.
It seems as if my inheritance word for 2016 is Psalms 18 which is also 2 Samuel 22. I will share more next week on what an inheritance word is, but for now, it looks as if I will be studying and focusing on these Scriptures for a season.
With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall (Psalm 18:29 also found 2 Samuel 22:30).
I invite you to join me as we each Advance the Kingdom of God.
Do you have a word for 2016?
If so, I would love for you to share it with me in the comments below.
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