Did you have a 2019 word?
Some of us choose a word (also known as a One Word or #oneword) to focus on for the year. For some of us, it’s as if the word chooses us, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t escape it. Some of us may struggle in finding a word, and it takes days to seek it out. Yet, some of us know of it right away and we’re off and running with it on January 1.
No matter how your 2019 word came to be, what was it and how did you see it come to life?
Did God use it to guide you or encourage you? Did He use it in unexpected ways? How did you see it in your every day life? Did it help you work through a challenge or a trial? I’d sure love to read a few sentences about it below.
Yes, we’re a few days into the new year, but as I reflected through my last post, I couldn’t help but pause and marvel at how my 2019 word came to life throughout the year.
REVIVE was my word for 2019. (You can read more about it here.) I paired it with Isaiah 43:18-19:
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
I used #revive2019 as my hashtag in my social media posts, and in reviewing the year, it’s been fun to see before me the ways God used REVIVE to bless me, to encourage me, to transform my life.
Yes, God transformed me through REVIVE, my 2019 word.
He breathed new life into nearly every part of my life… my marriage, relationships, emotions, beliefs, thoughts, business, ministry, my relationship with Jesus, health, perspective, dreams, and goals. Yes, 2019 was a year of transformation unlike any I’ve experienced thus far.
I’m not gonna lie, however. Sometimes the reviving was painful and terribly uncomfortable. Some days were filled with tears and anguish in the stretching of me. Many days I wanted to surrender and give up and give in.
But, I knew I couldn’t. REVIVE kept my eyes on Jesus. God used it to keep me looking for Him in each circumstance. To keep my focus on Him on the hard days. And to trust He was working everything out for good, even on the days it didn’t feel so good.
God definitely breathed new life into my life.
I look back to a year ago, and I can see I’m a different woman today because He did what I couldn’t do. He revived what was dead inside of me. He breathed new life into this tired, weary, worn-out life.
Still a work in progress, I’m thankful God never gave up on me. Even though He had every reason to. However, that’s something God will never do. He will never give up on me, and friend, He will never give up on you. We can rejoice in that truth today and every day.
So, friend, what about you?
Did you choose a word for 2019? If so, how did you see it come to life? I look forward to reading your responses and linking arms with you as we look to journeying through 2020.
And, now that the new year is here, have you chosen a word for 2020? I’d love to read about it. Stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing mine in tomorrow’s post.
Thanks so much for being here today. You are a gift and I’m thankful for you. Happy New Year!
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My 2019 word was “faithful”. What it meant for me was that I wouldn’t give up. And I didn’t. My efforts in art and writing continued. I was faithful to what I halfheartedly believed God wanted me to do. I was also doubtful and at times jealous of the success of others. It seemed so easy for everyone else. This year, I’ve settled on ENDURANCE and I’m acknowledging that to continue takes faithfulness but also hard work, being teachable, handling rejection, thanks for this post! Thanks for asking.
Hi Lisa! Faithful is a beautiful word. What joy it is to read how it came to pass in your life in 2019! Thank you for sharing it here. It’ll be exciting to see how God will use endurance in 2020 in your life! I love it! I’ll follow you and pray for you through the year. God bless you! Thanks for stopping in for a few minutes today!
My 2019 word was Treasure. All year I practiced Treasuring God’s word, family, friends, health… Each year, God often reveals something not on my radar. This year, “you are a treasure”.
I remember your word from last year, Kim. You certainly are a treasure! I love how God reveal more than what we expect! Thanks for sharing here.