My word for this year is WAIT. Waiting can be hard,can't it? But waiting doesn't necessarily mean idleness. Sometimes it's reflecting upon, and readjusting priorities.
Sometimes we need to wait so the chaotic calls of the flesh and the world settle down and we can refocus. Sometimes we need to pause, wait, and listen intently to the Lord for His next step for us, or for His affirmation that we are on the right path.
A few weeks ago Holley Gerth spoke to the very topic that had been needling my brain about my one word. Whenever I tried to focus on waiting, another word taunted me.
Holley talked about the "word I'm NOT choosing".
I have thought much about your words and stored them in my heart so that they would hold me back from sin.
Psalm 119: 11 TLB
At home, at work, in nearly all situations, the word(s) I'm plagued by are "Who else will do it (if I don't)?"
Who else will finish the report that's due on the supervisor's desk tomorrow? Who will plan and shop for this week's menus? Who will host and plan the shower? Does this sound familiar? The list can seem endless.
Dear Friend, have you ever been caught up in the who else crazy? I wonder if it's more of a trap than a wheel. Do we sometimes get so caught up in worrying about who else will do XYZ, that we forget WHO is still in control?
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your comforts delight me.
Psalm 94:19 AMP
Here's my new focus, to wait in peace and obedience to the Lord, not my crazy brain or the demands of my surroundings, just Him. I'm not sure exactly what the Lord has in mind for me next, but I can wait assured that I am on His mind.
Dear Reader, I pray your heart is tender, your mind attentive, and your spirit receptive for the fabulous plan Our Father has for you this year.
This is one of my favorite prayers for remembering the Lord is always with me, even in the waiting:
But the Lord says, “Can a woman forget her baby?
Can she forget the child who came from her body?
Even if she can forget her children, I cannot forget you.
I drew a picture of you on my hand.
You are always before my eyes.
Isaiah 49:15-16 ERV