As I prepared for this new year, I read the book MY ONE WORD by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen. I have always set New Year’s Resolutions and have always failed. I liked the idea of the one word focus… and my word came pretty easy. My word is JOY, I have always been a Christian, but have realized that I was a pretty wishy washy one for a long time. I was often missing the joy of the Lord inside me. I was choosing to NOT be joyful… and to let outside circumstances control my me. What an open door for Satan!
My goal with my word is to remember to always be searching for and keeping the joy inside me that does not come from others, food, trips, etc… but from my Jesus. I have not allowed Him to REALLY let His light shine in me. That time is gone… I am actively focused on having that joy through all life has to throw at me.
That brings me to my focus verse of the year. “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” ~ Habakkuk 3:17-18.
No matter what–I WILL LET HIS JOY GLOW IN ME! I will rejoice! I will be joyful! NO MATTER WHAT!
It is where I want to be. It is who I want to be. It is what I will be!
This year: I will find His joy in me, no matter what the year brings. I know that won’t be easy and I won’t be able to do this on my own. I will be praying endlessly to get myself there and to keep myself there. I am just going to open that door and I know God will get me there! That’s what is important. I will stumble, but He will be there to pick me up, carry me and remind me to take the joy He is giving. I am so thankful for that!