A Word For The New Year

A Word For The New Year

As we approach the New Year, many people begin to think about New Year’s resolutions, goals, creating vision boards and choosing a word to focus on for the year.

It’s the same for me. This is the third time I’ve chosen a word for a New Year. The first year I definitely saw God and his desires for me as I moved into the next year but coming up with my word was hard fought. Last year, I sought God again for a word and was personally very pleased with my word, but frankly I forgot about it halfway through the year. The word for 2018 was “Longing”. Longing for God; Longing for my husband, etc. What amazes me is that as I look back over 2018 I see that God did facilitate a longing for Himself in me. I’m so grateful for that and can only give Him the glory, because as I said before, I forgot about my word. This last year has been a very sweet year of growth in my relationship with God. I have learned so much and have such a longing to continuously grow in my faith.

As I began to think and pray about a word to focus on for 2019, the word came almost immediately.

My word for this coming year, for 2019, is “Fervent“.

Fervent means “having or displaying a passionate intensity”.

Towards the end of this year I started a book by Priscilla Shirer called “Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer. I’ve learned so much from this study. Prayer is more than just a ritual or a “God I need this from you right now”, or as a friend says, throwing a prayer up like throwing spaghetti against the wall and hoping it sticks. Instead, prayer is a fervent, strategic, battle-like action. Prayer is the way God provided for us to partner with Him. As I look at my love for God and my desire to grow in my faith, the word “Fervent” sums up the intensity of how I feel.  

But I don’t just feel fervent about my faith.

I also want to take fervent action in growing and nurturing my marriage. I want to be a fervent parent when it comes to investing in my girls, teaching them about God, and seeing them grow into beautiful women. I want to fervently support and encourage women in Ag to the best of my ability as God continues to put them on my heart.  

Not everyone needs a word to focus on for the New Year, but if it works for you, then go for it. Obviously, some years it is worked better for me than other years.

So if having a word sounds meaningful to you, consider the following three things:

  • What is it that God wants you to focus on this next year? Because it’s not all about what we want. We don’t always know what’s best for us, but God does! So make sure to include Him in this decision.

  • A word does not have to have a giant and enormous goal or meaning paired with it. In fact, I have found that simple is often better.

  • Make sure to use strategies that will help you remember it! Write it somewhere, you’ll see it frequently. Share your word with others or a good friend, like what I’m doing right now!

I’d love to hear if you have chosen a word for the New Year. I’d love to hear the word you’ve chosen, if you’d like to share?

Feel free to share in the comments below. I will read and respond!

Love to you and yours,

Elizabeth