I’m sure you’ve heard some people talk about their “Word of the Year”. It seems to be a new trend, especially when it comes to thinking about starting a new year and new year’s resolutions. I first heard the idea a few years ago, and I absolutely love it!
A couple of years ago the word I chose was “Intentional”, and that was a great choice. So many aspects of my life were summed up in that word, and it inspired me to be purposeful in all of my roles as a Christian, as a wife, and as a mom. This year, for whatever reason, I did not choose a word to focus on for the year. It’s been a hard year…. a year of many trials and lessons learned. If I were to sum up this past year with one word though, it would be “Identity”. This was a year of discovering more about myself, who God created me to be, my purpose, and my individual personality and giftings. Yes, it was a hard year, but there were many many good things that came from it as well.
As I’ve started thinking and praying about this next year, God gave me the word “Increase”. Personally, I love that it’s another “I” word, but it seemed to me like kind of a selfish word to define my year because when I first heard it, the first thing that came to mind was “financial increase”. And yes, I would like all of our basic needs to be met so that we are free to help others, but I am also content where we are. Like, okay, God, but that’s not a word I can tell people. They will think I’m greedy. But I went with it and looked up the definition to gain more clarity.
increase – (verb) become or make greater in size, amount, intensity, or degree; add to, make larger, make bigger
synonyms…. grow, get bigger, get larger, enlarge, expand, swell; rise, climb, escalate, soar, surge, rocket, intensify, strengthen, extend, heighten, stretch, spread, widen, multiply
increase – (noun) an instance of growing or making greater
synonyms… growth, rise, enlargement, expansion, extension, multiplication, elevation, inflation; intensification, amplification, surge
So after reading the definitions of the word and the synonyms, I absolutely want it to be my word of the year of 2018! I’m reminded of the Prayer of Jabez, “Oh that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from hard times so that I will be free from pain.”
1 Chronicles 4:10
Jabez wanted to succeed and increase his sphere of influence for God. What is important here is that when we want to reach for goals and accomplishments that we have God on our side. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
So I’m really excited about this next year. I love new beginnings! A new year, a new month, a new week, and a new day – even if it’s a Monday, especially if it’s a Monday! Since we only have a little time left before our new year begins, this week on the blog – we will be talking about goal-setting and planning out our year! Subscribe, if you haven’t already so that you won’t miss it.
And while I don’t know that every aspect of the word Increase will come to fruition for us, I do know that I’ll be starting out my year thinking and praying about my relationship with God and how I can INCREASE there… how I can grow, intensify, be strengthened, and rise. It’s going to be a good year!
The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great. May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the Lord, who made the heaven and earth! Psalm 115:12-15
What word will you choose to focus on this next year? What word will define and inspire you to do greater things in your 2018? Pray about it, and I’d love to hear which word you choose!