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What's your word?
“Hairy McCary!” I’m not sure who dubbed me that in elementary school, but the sting of those words stayed with me for years—almost as much as “fatty Patty.” Silly, I know, but it speaks to the power of words. And speaking of that, there has perhaps never been a time when words have had greater power than today, due to their ubiquitous nature, if nothing else. Words shout at us from our devices through texts and emails and a dozen or so apps that perpetually assault us with pings or rings or beeps or little red numbers.
But through all this chatter, there is one voice we simply cannot live without; one message we must not miss; one word that we desperately need whispered to our souls—the one only God knows. And there is no better time to pause and listen than this week, as we go roaring into the 2020’s.
But through all this chatter, there is one voice we simply cannot live without; one message we must not miss; one word that we need whispered to our souls—the one only God knows. And there is no better time to pause and listen than this week, as we go roaring into the 2020’s.
For several years now, as the days wind down after Christmas, I take some time to ask God if he has a “word” for me in the coming year. I remember 2009 well, the year I felt God saying he wanted me to learn how to “live loved.” I was wrecked by his love that year and have never been the same. In 2018 the Spirit whispered the word, “rest” and I would discover how little I knew about the true rest of God. Then last year, I heard the word, “faithful,” and I have clung to that over the months like a life raft, as I felt tossed about on a stormy sea with no shoreline in sight.
I am so deeply grateful for the ways God has spoken over the years and prepared me for what lay ahead. It has deepened my faith and strengthened my soul to run harder after Jesus. The word he’s given me this year is slightly terrifying and pretty exciting too—but more about that later.
First, let me share my simple practice with you, and encourage you to seek God’s heart personally for 2020. You will be so glad you did. You can read the steps below or print them out by clicking here.
Then last year, he gave me the word, “faithful,” and I have clung to that over the months like a life raft as I felt tossed about on a stormy sea with no shoreline in sight.
GOD’S HEART FOR THE COMING YEAR: A SIMPLE PRACTICE
So, my word for 2020 is “consecration.” When I first heard it, I was afraid—what might this cost me? But soon God revealed that consecration is all about preparation, and that has given me great hope. If God wants to consecrate me, then I am confident he is planning to grace me and use me for his glory in some greater way. What could be better than that? I'd love to hear your word!
12/31/2019 04:18:40 pm
Hi sis - I will take New Year's day to contemplate your practice regarding a word. As I read your blog, before doing anything, I found tears welling up - and even now as I type this they start again. There will be a mighty move of God in and through us this next year/decade. God has already consecrated you, prepared you for such a time as this. Clinging to that consecration happens as He uses you for His glory in even greater ways!!! I love you. Happy New Year.
1/3/2020 05:37:08 am
This is exactly what I need at the beginning of this year. Our lives are ever-changing and ever-challenged by Leo’s illness and the daunting prospect of possibly moving back to the Houston area. My word for this year is “endurance.” I am a bit anxious at what this might mean with many new difficulties ahead, and am determined to meet them in God’s strength, not my own! You are my role model and example of a woman of God, and I take great heart from the blessing you are! Thank you for your servant’s heart in bringing God’s Word to us!
1/9/2020 01:06:48 pm
This is the first year in a while that I don't have a "word". Maybe a theme? Just feel like this is year where things are new and He's doing things differently than in the past. I'm to take things a day at a time and see where He leads. This includes times of prayer and fasting. He's given me a deep sense of security in Him which is awesome. So we'll see what He does, but I'm excited to see how He moves this year!
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Tricia McCary Rhodes
Author of 7 books and pastor of Global Leadership Development at All Peoples Church in San Diego, Tricia specializes in helping others experience God’s presence through practicing soul-care.