In early 2015, I first heard of the “one word” thing. A friend mentioned to me that she had chosen one word for 2015. I thought, “that’s nice,” but didn’t give a ton of thought to it after that. Throughout 2015, I heard and read of more and more people doing it. And at the end of 2015, my husband mentioned that he had heard of it and was thinking about doing it.
This helped me to decide that I should maybe consider at least praying about whether God would give me one word for the year of 2016. I will be honest, I didn’t really think that I would get a word. But surprise! I received a word quite quickly. I got the word “trust,” along with the verse Proverbs 3:5 and 6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
I got the word “trust,” along with the verse Proverbs 3:5 and 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
I was a little surprised but realized instantly that it fit. I have recently chosen a different path-one that doesn’t involve the easy, comfortable way that I used to live. This path means that I am constantly pushing and breaking through my comfortable way of living. It means I am staring fear in the face and squeaking past it. I believe that God is calling me to be more intentional. To work towards fulfilling some of my dreams, instead of pushing them to the side because I’m too scared like I have in the past.
Some of the practical ways I am learning to trust:
- I am learning to let go of the doubt that says; “You didn’t hear God’s voice on that, that is totally stupid, nobody else is doing it,” voice.
- I am learning that I need to let go of what I “think” people around me are thinking of me and no longer care. This isn’t in an “I don’t care kind of way,” but in more of I won’t let that affect me that way.
- I am learning to be willing to look stupid and like a failure. I’m not always going to get listening to God’s voice 100% right, but I’m willing to try. (Along with this, I absolutely believe there is great wisdom in having godly advisors in our lives. People like church leaders/Pastors)
- I am learning to be willing to walk by Faith and not by Sight. It’s hard to go ahead and do something when you don’t know the final outcome, but I believe it’s worth it in the end.
- I am learning that trust means to trust even when the final outcome isn’t exactly what you want it to be.
What about you? Have you ever had one word? Have you ever considered it? If so, did you feel as if it helped you to walk a more intentional, focused path? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts/feelings on this post. I’d love your feedback!
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