Four years ago in early January, I read author Debbie Macomber’s monthly newsletter. She shared that for nearly twenty years she had selected a word to serve as a personal focus for the year. I’m not one to write a New Year’s resolution, but I thought it might be a good idea to focus on a word for the year.

As I contemplated what word to focus on, I prayed for discernment. I searched for a word I felt God was laying on my heart. Through out the year I kept a journal of scriptures, quotes, song lyrics and insights from friends or family that focused on my word.

The first year, God led me to the word “trust”. My exploration of trust helped me cope with the health issues of my grandson and helped me encourage my son and daughter-in-law to trust God in all things. The next year, I felt God wanted me to explore the word “direction”. I felt God nudging me to follow His path in my own life and was encouraging our church to follow His will, not ours, when making decisions. Last year, I felt God telling me that I needed to quiet myself, wait and learn to “listen” for His still soft voice, instead of assuming that I had all the answers.

We begin a new year so it’s time to pick a new word to explore for 2019. I prayed this morning about what word God wanted me to work on this year. I had a couple of ideas but asked God to show me. I was drawn to read “Mornings with Jesus”, my devotion book. The scripture today was from Isaiah 43: 19, “For I am about to do something new. I have already begun! Do you not see it?” (NIT) Dianne Neal Higgins went on to say that, “a new year stretches ahead with new experiences and adventures, new friends to make and fresh opportunities to serve Christ and grow to be more like Him”. After reading and meditating on this devotion, I found God pulling me towards the word “serve”. I’m going to take a couple of days to “listen” to God’s still voice, to “trust” in God’s plan and then follow the “direction” he wants to lay before me this year. I can’t wait to see how my new word will impact my life and draw me into a closer relationship with God.

Why not consider finding your own word to dive into this year? Ask Jesus to lay a word on your heart to serve as a personal focus this year?