It’s funny how I always pick a word for the year and then God seems to change it right before the new year starts. I love being open to see what He might have in store for me. I first started picking a word for the year back in 2017.
- 2017 Intentional
- 2018 Pray & Finish (finished my PhD this year!!)
- 2019 Release (picked consistent but God kept putting the word release on my heart)
- 2020 Vision with a Heap of Hope
I wanted to pick the word Hope because I wanted to understand this word more. I was going to say a dash of hope but it’s going to be more than a dash. These are the things I hope (should I be using this word here?:p) to dwell on this coming year and see God shows me.
- What does the word hope actually mean?
- What is the difference between hope and expectation?
- What is the difference between hope and faith?
- How can you hope for things if you don’t know if it’s God’s will- God’s best?
- Should I show and share my hopes boldly and vocally?
- And if so, which ones?
- And if so, what if they don’t come true? I know God is a good God but I worry about hurting other peoples’ faith sometimes and that’s something I would never want to do.
- What if I hope for something and then feel disappointed?
- What should I hope for?
- Should I hope for specific things? Broad things?
- Can I be too specific? Too broad?
- Is it possible to hope for things I shouldn’t?
- And if so, what are those things?
- What if I hope for things that aren’t necessarily bad?
- What if I don’t know what to hope for?
- Is it okay to not hope for things at all? If you don’t set expectations, you’ll never be disappointed… But…
- I may be too scared to hope.
- Why does it feel easier to have hope for others more than myself at times?
- List all the verses with the word hope.
- Write the word hope in other languages.
Now you can see why I wanted hope to be part of my word for the year. But the word Vision also came to mind… for obvious reasons:) And then I was talking to a pastor about the word vision and how he was going to do a sermon related to how 2020 vision doesn’t necessarily mean you have perfect vision, rather you have the right focus. And I really just want to have the right focus- on God. I want 2020 vision to see God clearly, who He is, in all His beauty, power, and love. And in turn, I want to see people the way God sees them. I feel so many of the things I struggle with would improve if I was able to see people the way God does. Perhaps be more patient, loving, forgiving, compassionate, understanding, I could go on. But I think as I grow more in my relationship with God and see clearly, He will allow me to see others the way He does. And that’s really what I want.
From a practical standpoint, there are a few things I am doing this year to help with this journey.
- The Life Devo (daily readings for the year)
- Write the Word Journal- Cultivate Hope (finish this)
- The Bible Study (finish this)
- Chronological Bible Plan (year long plan for reading the entire Bible)
- Journible- John (writing out scripture)
- Luke 1-24 (December; one chapter a day leading up to Christmas)
Throughout my journey of scripture and prayer, my goal is to pursue Christ more intimately and fall in love with Him even more. This is really all I could want. All that really matters.