What is your word for 2019?

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As we came to the end of the of 2018, I found myself reflecting on the last year. There were so many joys and fun memories, as well as challenges and struggles. Moving into 2019, I have many dreams, hopes, and desires. Quite a few people around me, were talking about the word that God gave them for 2019…so I started praying to see what God wanted for me this upcoming year.
 
I have dreams for a home (more on that later), paying off loans, working in ministry, traveling, and growing even more in my relationship with my husband (Phil). But it’s easy to get carried away and forget to ask God what He wants. So as I was praying I kept hearing one word, “MORE”. Specifically “More of Him”. God has wonderful plans for me and I have so many desires to serve him in my life. But more than anything, God wants to give me HIMSELF.
 
There is nothing wrong with having plans, and wanting to do things to help others and serve the Lord…but more than anything I (we) need HIM. So even if I don’t get the home I’m dreaming of, even if finances don’t start looking up, even if ministry and traveling seem on hold, even if I have difficulties in my marriage, I have God. And that is more than I even deserve.
 

So what about you? We all have dreams and desires…you may have specific anticipations for what the new year will hold for you. But what is God speaking to you, What word does he have for you this year? What does he want you to strive for this year? Maybe it is healing, maybe it is renewal, maybe it is adventure. Whatever it is, God wants to give you MORE of himself throughout the journey.

 
“Slowly, I was beginning to understand that it wasn’t my productivity that God desired; it was my heart. It wasn’t my ministry God loved; it was me. God was glorified, is glorified, when we give him our hearts, give him ourselves, and faithfully do the thing right in front of us, no matter how small or trivial.” -Katie Davis Majors (from Daring to Hope).

 

4 thoughts on “What is your word for 2019?

  1. I think the word God has given me is transition. We are going to be going through some major transitions in our family in 2019 and we recently took a little family retreat to talk about some important considerations for how to transition well for the glory of God.

    Great post, Lauren. Thank you for your heart and pointing us to HIM. Nothing else compares to knowing and having and being had by HIM.

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  2. “Whatever it is [you desire for 2019], God wants to give you MORE of himself throughout the journey.” My mind turned to specifics as I read your closing statement, Lauren. God wants to give us MORE of his wisdom, joy, peace, self-control, gentleness, and strength–to name a few attributes. Imagine how our quality of life will be enhanced as we avail ourselves to MORE of him. I think you are pursuing a very worthy path for 2019! P.S. Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog, From the Inside Out. I pray you’ll find the posts meaningful, whenever you’re able to visit.

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