The Power of a Word
The words we think, pray, read and speak have immense power over us. You can repeat songs, commercials, things your mom says, and the last negative comment spoke to you right this very moment. Words have more power than we think or know in the moment. Words can haunt us, burden us, make us smile or change the trajectory of our lives quite frankly. We are bombarded with them online, in the noise, in our mind, and amidst your everyday life. Good and bad words are pouring into our minds and only we control what sticks there. Proverbs 23:7 says "for as he thinks in his heart, so is he." So IS she. So are you. The words you think have power. We have got to control the thoughts and words we let into our life. So how can we do that this year? So we can stay focused?
I know January 1st is not a magical day but it is a starting point we can call work with. Picking a word for the year seems pretty daunting and scary. One little word for 365 days?
I gave it a shot a few years ago and have not looked back. Two years ago my word was "abide" which held firmly in concrete that God wanted me to just be with Him and stop trying so hard. Looking back, I needed that in a deep way. Last year my word was "faithful" and oh boy did I repeat it to myself a thousand times. God asked me to just be faithful to the season I was in. It was hard. It was heavy. It was like I was drowning and God whispered from the sidelines like a loving Dad, "Keep treading, keep going, don't give up! You can touch bottom in just a short while." All with simply thinking of that one word. Staying faithful this last year strengthened my muscles and I am stronger for it.
This year I just sort of kept my spiritual ears open to what God was saying to me over the Christmas advent season. As I hung out with my kids, talked with friends, drove my van all around creation, folded clothes and all the mundane stuff I attempted to listen to Jesus in the small moments. I just sort of made it through the day and that is about it. God told me He had more for me than that. More than just making it through the day. He said, "Daughter, you are stronger thank you think." I keep giving up and selling myself short because I don't think I am strong or worthy or quite honestly I just don't have the energy. Through Christ, I am stronger.
In 2018 Christ has called me to be stronger. In mind, in body, in spirit, in intellect, in identity, and in my future. I will choose every day before I wallow in self pity, before my anxiety revvs it's ugly engine, before I decide to sit on the couch instead of work out, before I waste time online instead of growing my mind...I will just say, "I am stronger." I am stronger because Christ already has the victory, He has already won and I am on His team. I am stronger because He already has a good plan for me and I don't want to take forever to get to who He asked me to be becasue I am lazy, anxiety ridden, or wallowing in self-pity. The enemy wants me to forget that and forget who I am because you and I are dangerous. We are God's daughters who have a future and a name and a story yet to be written. We have the potential to impact and spread the love of Jesus to others. It can all start with a simple word we speak over ourselves day after day.
Will you consider praying about what story God has for you in 2018? Not a resolution that will be broken in 6 days but a word in your story. A word that has power over who you are and who Jesus says you are and where He has you going. A word that is not just about you but is about the kingdom of God here on earth and the people you can help. Words have power. Repeat the good ones God has given you again and again. Stand up today sister and speak the power of Jesus over your life with one simple word.
PS- I also always pick a verse for the year because God's word is living and active and hiding in your heart makes you strong. Mine is below. :)
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind and with all your strength.’