My Word for the Year

Last year, instead of making a list of resolutions I would not be able to keep, I chose to join the one word 2011 community and focus to just one word which would serve as a lens to view and take in scripture, life lessons, and to listen for God’s voice in my life.

As the year came to an end and I was reflecting on all God had shown me and given me through His Peace, I began praying for God to give me a word towards the end of last year and it became clear through many avenues that the word for this year would be…

Faithful.

I have already been reminded, challenged and struck by God’s proclamation of His faithfulness. In conversations with others it comes to mind that faithfulness is something to be practiced and lived out and is certainly not easy.

This year, I want to be more faithful to in my devotion to Jesus.  I resolve to become…

More faithful to loving my husband by being faithful in all things.

More faithful in parenting my boys with grace.

I resolve to become faithful with the small things.

Faithful with the big things

Faithful with the mundane.

I’d like to be a faithful friend and a listener.

A faithful giver.

A faithful daughter.

Here is how the dictionary defines it:

1.  strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.

2. true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.

3. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant.

4. reliable, trusted, or believed.

5. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.

I’d like to be a faithful copy of the Original.

 We all notice the engraving on a rear view mirror, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”  The mirror is made of a special material that gives us the benefit of a useful rear view but makes objects appear smaller.  Smaller objects seem farther away and if you don’t heed the reminder, you could run into some serious problems.

It’s easy to forget God is larger and closer than He appears.  My faith is small, but my God is big and I long for bigger faith.  In times of difficulty and even in times of plenty, we forget… I forget… God is near.

This year, I want to step it up a bit and take some of the suggestions from Mandy over at Messy Canvas to surround myself with this word.  To search for it and study it in the Scriptures.  To research it, write about it and think more about what it can bring out in me.

I want to understand this attribute of His so that when I need to, I’ll remember, “He who promised is faithful.” And “He who calls you is faithful.”

The synonyms for “faithful” excite me but overwhelm me…

Affectionate, attached, conscientious, constant, dependable, devoted, enduring, firm, genuine, incorruptible, honorable, loving, obedient, resolute, steadfast, steady, tried and true, trustworthy, truthful, unchanging, unwavering, veracious.

More than resolving to be more faithful myself, I resolve to discover, understand and believe God for His faithfulness.  Depending solely on Him.  Trusting Him fully.  Believing what He has said is true.

What have you learned about God’s faithfulness? 

How have you learned to become faithful?

Do you have a word for the year?

6 thoughts on “My Word for the Year

  1. Karen Davis says:

    Suzie….With your word and two others I find that switching it ups helps. So, in my head I say full of faith, full of grace, full of thought. In any situation I try to ask myself if I’m responding in a way that would reflect being full of faith, full of grace, and full of thought. If I was choosing a word for the year it would be thoughtful or full of thought in this case because in all areas I want to put a lot more thought into what I’m doing. I think this will also produce thoughtfulness in the way most people think of it as well. Blessings to you in the year ahead my friend!

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