With the new year comes the opportunity to choose a new word that will be your spiritual focus for the coming months. As in the prior two years, I did not go looking for my word. Instead, God makes it abundantly clear what His focus will be.
That being said, my journey with ENCOURAGEMENT has begun with a gusto.
Lisa Burgess, who sponsors the One Word 2022 Linkup, suggested creating a logo and selecting a scripture for the year as well. I’m not totally pleased with what I came up with, but it’ll do for now.
At first I thought God was calling me to encourage others with handwritten notes and positive affirmations via social media or commenting on blogs that I follow. However, I have already learned that in offering encouragement to others, God has sends others to encourage me.
A warm hug.
A genuine smile.
A sincere thank you.
An unexpected gift on the porch.
Even a verbal butt-kicking can be a source of encouragement. You see, I had gotten in the habit of snacking a lot! Mind you; I was not hungry. It’s just that there have been so many delicious treats in our house for the last few months. Can you relate?
Flash forward to my 6-month checkup with my WLS surgeon. Dr. Cheregi gently but firmly reminded me of my goals and gave me three months to get things back on track. He is a kind, compassionate physician whose only goal is for his patients to live their best lives. Therefore, I took his words to heart and committed to what he asked of me. I am restricted to 900 calories a day and workout at least three days a week. The payoff is I have already lost 8.5 pounds.
I have also been learning not to give advice immediately but instead to wait on God to provide me with the right words at the right time. It’s incredible what can happen when I am obedient in this area.
Do you have a WOTY (word-of-the-year)?
If you have a word, how has God brought it to you thus far?
How can I pray for you this week?
Let me leave you with one more passage to encourage you today.
No temptation has overtaken you except something common to mankind; and God is faithful, so He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB