One Word

As the New Year was rolling around, I was feeling more and more dread of starting up my blog once again. It’s not that I don’t like writing, I do! But with books in the works, articles to write and vlogs to produce, it was all getting to be a bit much, frankly. I began seeking the Lord about stopping the blog. Instead, He showed me that, at least for the time being, He wanted the blog to be simpler, more about my personal daily journey. 

It’s new territory for me, but I think it will be good and I’m hoping you enjoy it, my dear subscribers, for whom I am grateful and for whom the Lord has expanded my {very} human heart to love. 

So where to start? 

Everyone talks about getting a single word for the year. I didn’t even know this was a “thing” until the beginning of this year! I’ve always set goals for each year (see previous blog titled, “New Year; New Day”), and my husband and I have been prophesied over many times at the turn of the year, but that’s not the same as asking the Lord for a single word that He wanted me to carry into the New Year. Then, last January, I asked the Lord for vision for the year ahead and He gave me a single word (again, without even knowing it was a “thing”). 

What followed was one of the most amazing downloads from the Lord, one of those glorious, oh-my-goodness-I-can’t-write-fast-enough, words that flow with ideas you’ve never imagined and thoughts way above your own. 

I ate that word. All year long I feasted on it. I had to. Some parts of last year were more than a little rough. I stepped off the high dive into the deep end of the pool and some people didn’t like me for it. And of all my weaknesses, wanting to be liked is the one that bites me in the tokus the most. (Last year taught me a lot about that though.) 

Anyway, I ate that word constantly. So, when 2018 overtook 2017, I was actually concerned that with the glorious word of 2017 ringing in my ears and being my constant companion, I wouldn’t be able to even hear a new word for 2018! 

Nervously, I prayed and then quieted my soul to listen… and the new word came! As gloriously as 2017’s word, the new word invaded my mind and began to stretch out its fingers to apply itself to every area of my life. And my 2018 word is, “FULLNESS.” 

Scripture references began jumping like popping corn in my mind and with a perfection only attributable to the divine, each one fit and revealed the necessity of living out “FULLNESS” in my life. 

I can walk in the FULLNESS of all the hard-fought lessons of 2017 ((Ephesians 4:13). 

I can be filled with all the FULLNESS of God by knowing His love (Ephesians 3:19). 

I can experience FULLNESS of blessing (Deuteronomy 33:13-16). 

I will experience the FULLNESS of joy in God’s Presence (Psalm 16:11). 

I will receive grace upon grace from the FULLNESS of Jesus (John 1:16). 

And with all this FULLNESS, I will overflow with love, blessing, joy and grace to those around me (1 John 4:11-12)! 

Will is ruffle feathers of those who would rather I sit silently in my corner and play the role they had planned for me again this year? Yes, most definitely. But this year, I am armed with the experiences of last year and the promise that this is my year to live all I’ve learned with confidence, joy and love. This is my year for FULLNESS! 

What’s your word? If you never considered getting a word from the Lord for the year ahead, it isn’t too late to start now. The Lord is speaking; it’s only a question of whether or not we are listening. I encourage you to sit and listen for the Lord to speak His Truth over you.

Ami LoperComment