I have a hunch that God has already given me my word for 2015. It seems to be popping up everywhere, appearing often in the passages in my She Reads Truth devotional plans, in the scripture texts used in the sermons at church, in the book of the Bible that we are studying in a class at church.
This year my word was joy. It's such a happy word to focus on for a year. And this year truly has been a joyful one! We had a very unexpected, very wonderful, surprise from God with the birth of our grandson when my daughter had never conceived before in 13 years of marriage, and we've experienced the joy of other blessings and answers to prayer as well. That's not to say that this year has been trouble free, but overall, it's been a great one. Very joy-full!
Hope was my first ever word for the year. That was a good one, too. Delight followed as the word for the next year. Trust was my word the year after that, and truly, I was stretched that year in trusting God. God gave me that word, and the scriptures He used to bring it to my attention, to fortify and prepare me for what I was to face.
The word I think God is asking me to embrace for 2015 isn't an easy one, it isn't a light one, it doesn't have a beautiful ring to it. In fact, it sounds like grit your teeth, put your nose to the grindstone, hard work. But the promises God gives to those who embrace the qualities that this word describes are wonderful. The end result is something I desire.
I'm not telling you what my word is yet, (you know, just in case God changes His mind and decides to give me an easier one). Why I even brought it up at all has to do with a little verse in Proverbs. Proverbs 27:7 says that to the hungry, every bitter thing is sweet. I'd rather God gave me a bowl full of ice cream word, but it appears that He just might be leading me to embrace a brussel sprout word. The question is, am I hungry enough to embrace whatever He's saying to me, even if at first taste it's bitter? I know that even the hard, bitter things in God's Word are sweet, satisfying, and have rewarding results in my life. And, looking on the bright side, I actually am quite a brussel sprout lover.
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