ready for a growth in 2018! And maybe picking your word for the year will be a part of that.
Already this year, I’ve gotten a sweet surprise from heaven! Joining you, Flatirons, and Joseph Hoffman to serve as the Assistant Director in 3rd-5th Grade Summit Kids Ministry is the answer to my prayers. I’ve been praying to be in a passionately Jesus-centered creative community. I’m so very thankful today.
A few years ago, God showed me something that I’m finally learning to embrace, and it is why I picked the word “be” as my word for 2018.
One day while praying, God showed me very clearly that my perceived value was wrapped up in what I did for Him. He showed me that I felt worthy of His love and the love of others based on my work. That day in prayer, He gently told me that He wanted me to stay with Him and to stop running around trying to help everyone all the time.
From that moment in October 2015 until now, I’ve been looking for clues in God’s Word about how to “stay” with Him.
From Psalm 1 – Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
From Jeremiah 17 – Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.
And from Luke 10 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
In that last passage, I had to look again to see what Jesus was saying is THE most needed thing. What had Mary done that would garner such powerful words from Christ? In the verses before, it says she “sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He said.” Just that. Just sitting, just listening, just being with Him. He said it was the one needed thing.
In typical Lisa fashion, I’ve been analyzing these thoughts and concepts for a long time, but this is the year I finally fully step in. My word for 2018 is “be” because I’m determined to stay with Him, sinking down deeply into His love every moment of my life.
Your word for the year is like a vision statement for who you want to be by the end of 2018. Please spend some time with Your Father this week and ask Him what your word is. Just be with Him and listen. And know that Joseph, Brooke, and I will be praying that you hear clearly.
with love – Lisa