It’s my word for 2019.
For the last number of years I’ve joined the #oneword world. Each January I spend time praying, listening, reading, and looking for what my word might be for that year. It never fails, one single word becomes clear to me as all the others fade in the shadows. It’s a word, I believe, God points me to. And, I carry it with me all year long.
revive :: to return to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, or a flourishing condition; renew; bring back to life; breathe new life into
What I can’t take my eyes off of is this… breathe new life into.
Revive = breathe new life into
God is good at breathing new life into, isn’t He?
- He breathed new life into Adam after creating him from dust.
- The breath of God gives us life.
- Jesus breathes new, transforming life into us.
- God gives life and breath to all.
2018 was the year of following God on a transforming, life-altering adventure. With ups and downs. Tragedies and triumphs. Sadness and celebration. Brokenness and breakthroughs. I can’t help but believe 2019 will build upon last year as I see Him at work to revive every area of my being and my life.
Don’t revel only in the past, or spend all your time recounting the victories of days gone by. Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; waters will flow where there had been none.Isaiah 43:18-19 Voice
God is preparing something new.
I’m aware He’s starting in me, especially in those spaces where stagnation and indifference and apathy has nearly taken over. Breathing new life into. Restoring. Strengthening. Flourishing. Bringing back to life.
After all, I am (and everything I have is) His anyway. Why wouldn’t He do a work of revival in this imperfect child of His? Why wouldn’t He do the deep heart (and often painful, I might add) work to continue to mold into the woman He wants me to be? Goodness, I’m thankful He doesn’t leave me as my sorry self, but is willing to breathe new life into me.
Not one of us knows what the future will hold, but we can trust the One Who holds the future. We can trust the One Who guides our steps. And, it’s that truth that I cling to.
In their hearts human beings plan their lives. But the Lord decides where their steps will take them.Proverbs 16:9 NIRV
So, you might see my hashtag throughout this year. I’m guessing it’ll remind me often of God’s work, presence, and guidance in my life. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, do you have a #oneword for 2019? Would you care to share it below? I’d be honored to have the opportunity to encourage you and pray for you throughout the year!
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