Have you ever asked the Lord to give you one word for a new year or new season?
Picking a word of the year – or receiving a word of the year from the Lord as you pray about it – can be a powerful tool to help you discern His plan for your new season.
Related: If you’re not sure how to hear/receive a word of the year, I wrote an article about how to pick a word of the year here. Check it out and follow the steps!
If you haven’t yet picked a word of the year for 2018, I really encourage you to do so.
The Lord will usually tell us what we have faith to listen for. It’s not His will for you to enter anything blindly. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will know all the details, or that He will tell you all the details. But, He will at least show you what He is doing in your heart during any new season.
And that, my friend, can make all the difference in the world.
If you will ask the Lord for a word of the year, that word will encourage you when times get tough.
It will help you keep your eyes on Him when you’re tempted to look at your own navel (as we are all occasionally tempted to do!).
It will help you pay attention to the things the Lord wants you to pay attention to–those things that are a key part of your spiritual growth in this new season.
And the repetition that comes with keeping your word of the year in mind will help you get deeper revelation about that topic than you ever had before.
My word of the year for 2018 is “deep.”
This word dropped into my spirit recently and I can feel Holy Spirit hovering over it. The thing is, I’m not entirely sure of the scope of what it means.
I think I know these things for sure:
Regarding this blog, it has to do with expansion–a different kind of expansion.
Instead of going broader, I feel like Holy Spirit is telling me to expand deeper. To dig deeply and disciple, encourage, and equip people deeper. More thoroughly. And regarding more topics.
I’ve been praying about that particular thing for awhile now and have discussed it with my husband, our board, and our free Presence Seekers Soaring Facebook mentoring group.
And for a couple of months, I’ve been working on articles for a potential second blog.
I have not launched it yet, as it’s such a big step. I have simply been praying and writing. But, it’s a blog about walking in restful, total victory in wealth, health, and home.
If I don’t launch the second blog, I’ll use the articles here. But, the scope of what I want to talk about there is really different than the prophetic words and Bible teaching I share here. So, I really feel that a second blog is the most appropriate place for those topics.
I’ll keep you updated on that. Prayers appreciated. 🙂
I also feel like the Lord is telling me to set aside slower, deeper times for worship and prayer when I block everything else off my calendar.
I always love having my quiet time in the mornings with the Lord. But, this is more than that. Pretty much everything I do regarding ministering to you has to come out of the prayer closet, and I feel the Lord telling me to really block off more time to receive more from Him so I can:
- Go deeper with Him myself; and
- Receive the revelation and prophetic words He wants me to share with you.
I am asking Him to show me how to do this. Since my baby is only a few days old, we’re still in that topsy-turvy phase of learning how to care for a baby at all. How then do I arrange things? Papa will have to show me.
For me, I also feel like “deeper” means “slower.”
Again, I’m not entirely sure what this will look like in real life. But I feel like the Lord is telling me to be pickier about what outside activities I accept, so I can focus on the essentials: Him; my husband; my child; and this ministry. These are the things that only I can do, and I may be saying no to some other things in order to say yes to the best things.
(If you’ve been following this blog for any period of time, you’ve probably heard me talk about that before. Because I’ve had to cull things from my life before. But every time, it helps. And every time the Lord has me refine my schedule, I actually get more focused and more effective–even though sometimes ending things is sad to do.)
What is the Lord telling you about His focus for your life in 2018?
Because He has one! What is He saying? Remember that He is the great Disciple-Maker. Even if you don’t realize it, Holy Spirit Himself is mentoring you right now. And He always has a plan; He always has a purpose; He always has a lesson He’s teaching.
He always sees the end from the beginning, and He’s always working to bring you from glory to glory, faith to faith, and strength to strength. He’s always working to make us more like Jesus.
What do you feel God is leading you to do this year? What’s your word of the year for 2018? Please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear where you are too!