A few years ago, I started choosing a word for each year. This practice may sound odd to some, but I think it is a great way to focus your heart and mind on what is most important to you in that moment.
Because I am a Christian, I focus my word on what I see God wanting to do in my life. I don’t pick a word without any thought. It’s not just some random thing that sounds good. Rather, I take some time, pray, read my Bible, and try to listen to what God is saying.
For 2019, my chosen word is expectation.
I chose the word word expectation because I believe that this year I need to expect God to work greatly in my life.
A couple of years ago, I bought a One-Year Bible and read through it (I chose the One-Year Bible for Women from Tyndale Publishing). A One-Year Bible is basically a Bible that is arranged into daily reading for each day of the year so that if you follow the plan you will complete reading the entire Bible in one year.
As I read through the Old Testament, one thing that constantly stood out to me was the way in which people prayed. Every prayer said was said with expectation. In other words, the prayers were not said just to say them, but they were said with purpose and with the belief that God would show up.
Ever since that initial read through of the Bible (up until that time I had never read the entire Bible), the word expectation has stuck in my heart almost as if God were trying to tell me something.
Perhaps, He is trying to tell me that I need to expect some things.
And that is where I am at. I am in a season of expectation. When I started to think of my word for 2019, the only word I had was expectation. At first, I thought it was silly; but no matter how hard I tried, no other word seemed to work. I believe God gives us things to focus on, and I believe this is where He wants my focus to be… in my expectation of Him to show up, do great things, change my life, honor His promises, and be everything I need Him to be.
I am planning to begin my One-Year Bible again tomorrow. 2019 will be my second year reading through it, and this time I am going to read with expectation.
Since working to minimize my life, I have realized that a lot of my distractions have been minimized as well. I feel like I am starting to focus better on the more important things, and my relationship with God is one of those things. I believe that this second read through of the entire Bible will be even more of a blessing as I listen with expectation and fully believe in God to do the great things He promised.
Do you choose a word of the year?
Have you seen any changes in your focus since minimizing your life?
Have you ever read through the entire Bible, and if so, what impact did it have on you?