I believe this is going to be an exciting year for me! Last year was full of difficulty and sorrow. But at the end of the year I had hope. I enrolled in Flourish Writer’s Academy and have already felt progress toward my goals as a writer. But this post is not about that, it is about my one word for the year, “Light”.
I discovered the power of God’s use of focusing me on this practice in 2018. My word that year was “Rest”. It was that year which challenged me, dealing with injury and having to cut back on my work schedule until I felt released to retire early in December. Then God led me into “Trust”. It was too early for me to collect social security, but I had my pension and my husband. The year of 2019, brought the death of my father-in-law, my father being hospitalized three times, moving my parents twice, surgery for me, the death of my father, and overseeing the care for my mother with dementia. I had to learn to trust that God had all these things in his hand and I was not in control. Not an easy thing to give up! Am I right?
So what about this year’s word? I was fully expecting my word to be “Faith” or “Hope”. To me that seemed to be the logical progression. Resting in God leads to trusting him, building faith and instilling hope. But it was in a church service in December when I felt the Holy Spirit stir, giving me the word, “Light”. It immediately brought to mind Amy Grant singing, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” And I foresaw that this year I would find my path.
But wait! There’s more! We are called children of light and the light of the world, just as Jesus calls himself the Light. Then I was reading a devotional online and they used this scripture:
I love worship, I sing at my church. This scripture hit a heart string. So I put together this photo and put it up on my refrigerator. I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store as I walk in the light of his presence. And as I learn about his light and my light I want to share his goodness with you. And if you’re feeling a little darkness hanging over you, maybe we can cause that darkness to flee!