In 2015 I was challenged to ask the Lord for a specific word that would embrace my hopes, dreams, goals and focus for the 2016 new year. I prayed about it and the Lord spoke a word very loud and clear as I lay on the gurney in the ER on Christmas Day that year with a broken leg.
The word He gave me for 2016 was to "LEAN."
It has been a phenomenal year of learning to lean on the Lord as well as learning how to ask others for help, to let go of pride and accept the ministrations of others when I couldn't do things for myself. I learned to lean on the Lord for strength as I faced the numerous challenges of 2016 including depression related to the recovery process, rigorous physical therapy and the disappointment of a failed surgery. I learned to lean on His wisdom as I watched Him orchestrate the events of my life over the year and bring people into my life at just the right time to encourage me. I learned that no matter how weak I felt, physically, emotionally or even spiritually, he could and would still use me as I leaned into Him. So many lessons and so much grace!
Now I've begun to seek the Lord for a new word for 2017. Only he knows what the year will bring - and he knows where I will need to focus with my goals and what lessons I will need to learn. When he reveals that word to me, I will share it.
In the meantime, I would like to challenge you to seek the Lord for your own word for this coming year and share if you want.