A Single Word

   “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (The Holy Bible, NASB)

I need vision for my life.  Not sight, but vision, a plan.  I need to be heading somewhere, working toward some goal or accomplishing a purpose.  Just getting through the day to get to the next day and doing the sam thing tomorrow is a definite trouble maker for me.  I get irritable, I feel like I’m out of control and I lose sight of who I am.  Along with that vision and identity I want to be moving forward, climbing higher or going deeper.

I’m a wife, mom and pastor.  These parts of my life make up who I am and there is lots of vision for the future.  I love being a wife to David, partnering in life with him has been an amazing journeyand I look forward to the rest of our lives.  My boys are an enormous blessing and they bring so much joy to my life.  There is definite purpose in raising them to be Godly men who love and cherish their wives, have good work ethics, serve others and our biggest challenge in this season…..keep a clean room.  And the privilege I have of pastoring along side my husband.  Loving and caring for God’s people.  I find great joy in seeing others put their trust in Jesus and discover the peace and hope His presence brings to their lives.

But there still more that I need.  What area of my life, of my attitude, my actions can I bee working through or on to bring myself closer to who Jesus is.  I desire to find Him daily and to surrender my needs, wants and desires to Him.  Fully submitting myself to His calling, His purpose and His plan.  I need a practical and relevant way to work through these areas of my life and I do this each year with a simple word.

Each January I seek out a single word from the Lord.  I can’t always say that I fully know or understand the depth or the lessons I will learn in the beginning of the year.  It is as my year progresses and I meditate on that word, as I seek out direction for that word that its meaning and purpose for me begins to unfold.  As my year progresses, the understanding of this word progresses.

Sometimes I find myself in a season that brings me to my word for the year and it simply brings me hope.  It reassures me that he’s got me.  Sometimes it’s a word that challenges me and drives me to go deeper, deeper into His Word, deeper into my relationship with Him, Jesus, and with others.  And sometimes its’s a theme of sorts for my year.  This word is for me and it effects who I am as a wife, mom and pastor.

If you find yourself wondering and lacking direction, simply ask the Lord to give you a word.  Most likely He won’t write it out for you on the wall, that hasn’t happened to me yet. 😉  He will speak it to you in that still, small way that only He can.  It’s not a big to do, it is just simple a word he will whisper to you.

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7 (The Holy Bible, NASB)

My prayer for you today is that God will speak a word to you today.  A word that will bring vision for your life, peace to your trouble and hope for your future.  I pray you will know that He loves and cares deeply for you and His hand is on your life.  I pray you trust Him.

And oh, you don’t have to get your word in January, He can speak a word to you today!   Send me a comment below, share your word.  I’d love to be praying for you.

Blessings, Stasia

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