I have done a word a year for the quite a few years – 2022: Listen; 2021: steadfast; 2020: (can’t figure out what it was, lol); 2019: (can’t find this one either); 2018: intentional; 2017: dream big; 2016: consistent; and 2015: confidence
As I mentioned last week, PROMISE is my word for 2023. I printed out three pages of verses containing the word promise. I will choose twelve, just as I did this past year, to go into my bullet journal as a reminder to me of God’s promises. The rest will be tucked into the back pocket of my journal as a reminder of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
Here are a few of them:
- 1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
- 2 Peter 3:13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
- James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
Aren’t those great?
I keep feeling like this is the year the promises spoken to me will be fulfilled–not only in my writing, but in my personal life as well. I look forward to seeing what God has planned. And even if the promises I’m thinking of are not on His agenda, I will be blessed and honored to serve Him another year.
I was going to do a devotion today, but I think this song is what’s needed.
We all have moments when we don’t feel like we can do what God has called us to do. Read the lyrics without the music.
They say sometimes you win someSometimes you lose some And right now, right now I’m losing bad I’ve stood on this stage night after night Reminding the broken it’ll be alright But right now, oh right now I just can’tIt’s easy to singWhen there’s nothing to bring me down But what will I say When I’m held to the flame Like I am right nowI know You’re able and I know You canSave through the fire with Your mighty hand But even if You don’t My hope is You aloneThey say it only takes a little faithTo move a mountain Well good thing A little faith is all I have, right now But God, when You choose To leave mountains unmovable Oh give me the strength to be able to sing It is well with my soulI know You’re able and I know You canSave through the fire with Your mighty handBut even if You don’tMy hope is You aloneI know the sorrow, and I know the hurt Would all go away if You’d just say the word But even if You don’t My hope is You aloneYou’ve been faithful, You’ve been goodAll of my days Jesus, I will cling to You Come what may ‘Cause I know You’re able I know You canI know You’re able and I know You canSave through the fire with Your mighty hand But even if You don’t My hope is You alone I know the sorrow, I know the hurt Would all go away if You’d just say the word But even if You don’t My hope is You aloneIt is well with my soulIt is well, it is well with my soul
This song helped me so very much when I was going through some tough times, struggling with my faith in God’s will — not His person, but His will for my life — and it continues to inspire me to trust in Him, to put my hope in Him.
Do you have a word, phrase, or verse for 2023?