One Word.
One word that sets the tone for my year, my hopes, my goals.
One word that gives me vision for my life.

Have you chosen one word for the year? It’s this idea or goal setting, vision casting idea that many take part in every year. I think it sort of trumps resolutions in a way, because it is much more broader, where it’s just not one goal, but more so, an ideal that you want to see your life achieve. The word can sort of make its way into every part of your life, whether that be your physical life or spiritual life, and it is like a prompt for the change you want to make in your life. This word becomes a basis for your goals, your hopes, your plans for the year and you begin by asking, “How does this one word fit into what I am trying to achieve?” or, “How do I pursue this one word in the decisions and patterns of my life?”

The interesting thing that I have found is that when I come upon my word, I can visualize the depth and desire the intention of this word may have upon my life; I can also set my intentions in every decision and action I take throughout the year on this word. This word becomes this core ideal I am pursuing and it almost becomes ingrained in my heart and head as the year continues.

This year my word is LEAN.

To lean is to incline, deviate, or bend from a vertical position or to rely for support or inspiration.

I am reminded of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper and I can see his depiction of John the Beloved leaning on our Savior. I can envision myself in that sort of posture, leaning, resting, inclining myself towards Jesus.

Imagine what life would be like if instead of being resolute and basically, controlling of all situations, instead of being right or direct or perhaps in some ways, harsh, we bent.

Leaning is an action that requires moving towards someone and finding rest. It requires a sort of surrender. It requires a humility and perhaps even, brokenness.

In my life I tend to want to be right and I can be harsh and not gentle, and I can be stubborn. I basically can dig my heels in and not be moved.

This year I will lean. I will lean in to hear God’s calling. I will be soft and gentle and lean towards compassion. I will incline my heart towards Jesus and rest on His shoulder. I will bend and kneel and humble myself.

How to choose One Word that will be a lamp post in your Year?

  1. Pray and Ask God to define what He desires of you this year.
  2. Write down your goals and vision for the year.
  3. Make some time to be silent and still, meditating on God and His word.
  4. Journal and/or jot down words that enter your heart.
  5. Choose the word that resounds in your heart.
  6. Define the word.
  7. Write down how that one word will define or be the core of your goals and desires

I pray that God overwhelms you this year with blessings and passion. I pray the word you choose will be a guiding light post as you become the woman God desires you to be. May we all be better, be braver and lean into all that God has in store for us in 2018.

If you have a word for the year I’d love to know what it is so, be sure to leave a comment below!

You are His Beloved,
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