Welcome Last year was the first time I scrapped New Year’s resolutions and it was wonderful! Instead, I selected a Word and Verse of the Year. Last year, I selected “faith” for my word and my verse was Matthew 17:20–“He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (ESV)
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Food For Thought I spent the good part of the year doing personal Bible study and readings focused on strengthening my faith. And it mattered! I know I’m far, far from having perfect faith, but I did notice growth, and others did, too. It brought tears to my eyes when my mom shared with me over Christmas the positive changes she has noticed in my life over the past year. Of course, I don’t grow my faith for the approval of others, but sometimes others’ words give us enough strength to continue the race set before us.
The great thing about selecting a word and verse for the year, instead of a resolution, is that the word and verse can have effect in all areas of my life, not just in one specific area. I was amazed how many times my brain would latch onto my verse or word when I was dealing with something difficult or trying to make a decision. Trust me, faith had a lot to do with things that happened in my life in 2018 and I ended the year happier and more at peace than I have in many previous years.
So, have I selected my new verse and word for 2019? Of course! I wanted to continue to grow my faith, but I also know that my faith has a lot to do with trusting God and His will. I have been learning a lot about how my plans are not always best for me or my family. I have also learned that I cannot possibly fathom all of God’s works or reasoning for why some things are the way they are, but I trust Him anyway. I want to worry less and trust more. I want to kick my anxiety to the curb! All of these ideas come together in Proverbs 3:5–“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (ESV) My word for 2019 is (officially) TRUST.
I had some good conversations with my mom over the holidays and I shared with her some of the spiritual things I have been learning. One of the big ones is knowing and believing that God can do so much more and better with my life than I ever could, even though I’ve tried to be in control for so long. I said, “Mom, you know what, my life is so much more blessed now that I let God have the control. For the longest time, I felt I had to be in control to make things go the way I wanted or needed them too. I now see that life goes so much smoother when I just release all control to God.”
Don’t misunderstand…2018 was not a super easy year for my family. We still had trials and difficulties, personally and as individuals, but between faith and trust, we made it through, with less stress, less tears, less anxiety, less anger. We didn’t lose sleep and we still had all of our needs met, physically and spiritually. I want to allow God to continue to work through our lives, giving us blessings and letting us bless others throughout this new year. For this to happen, I need to trust God and not try to manipulate everything according to what makes sense to me or those around me.
I look forward to another year of spiritual growth and blessing and pray the same for you. What word or verse are you going to focus on in 2019? Share in the comments section or on our Facebook page. Happy New Year!
Today’s Arts and Crafts
As I shared in yesterday’s post, Saying Grace Part 2, I am so grateful for the opportunity to create things. I may not be a professional artist, but God granted me these gifts to help me feel connected to Him as Creator of all beautiful things. I relish the moments spent with paper and pen or canvas and paint. It brings me peace, calm, and joy.
It just so happens I read a couple of really applicable quotes yesterday (images courtesy of the individual listed on graphic, via Pinterest):