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I had a completely different word when I started this series. And then I felt a tug. I was going to use Home. Home felt nice. It tied my to do lists, goals, life’s purpose all up in a neat little package. I was going to break it down, really dive in. Then, God dropped a word on my heart that changed it all.
See, I was going to re-name the blog in December. I was slightly uncomfortable about the blog being named after me when I had determined the focus of this blog was to proclaim the glory of God as He worked in my life. I was tossing around a couple ideas which I loved. And then I googled them. Apparently they were good because lots of other bloggers had chosen them. Well.
I finally came to grips with the fact that this blog bears my name as my life bears it. And that is doesn’t diminish the work of God in my life. And so it is still the Vicki Arnold blog. I did add a new tagline as the previous one no longer fit. It was “faith. family. food. fotography.” Actually, I’m not sure that it ever really did fit so much as it was what I wanted the blog to be. The new tagline is “Where P31 & Titus 2 meet Colossians 3:23.”
Colossians 3:23 speaks to serving with the right heart attitude. And that is what my word is about. Serving in all the areas God has called me to with —
So simple, yet so easy to lose.
For me this will be a multi-faceted journey. Kind of like my life.
I will be purposing to:
Find joy in routine.
Rediscover joy in homeschooling.
Revel in the joy of my salvation.
Focus on the joy in the everyday.
My scriptures for my journey:
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:12
” My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” James 1:2-3
Now that we are at the end of our 10 post series, I want to know. Do you have a word for this year?
I’m linking up with Melanie at Only a Breath and others.
Very often the whole point of resolutions or goals is to improve “me”. Creating a change in our personal lives now, impacts the rest of our lives indefinitely. When we stop procrastinating now, we are able to get more done from here on out. When we purpose to get all those little things we’ve been avoiding done now, we have them off our backs forever. It’s amazing how good it feels to get something you’ve been avoiding done, by the way. Not that I have lots of things that I avoid doing or anything…ahem. So. Onto some personal character words for you to consider.
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” – Psalm 40:3-4
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” – Proverbs 4:23-27
“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” – Joshua 22:5
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11
“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father is also merciful.” – Luke 6:36
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” – Ephesians 5:20
“Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 2:7
“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” – Lamentations 3:25-26
Changing ourselves is impossible without the strength of our Lord (Philippians 4:13). May I encourage you to pick a verse that goes with your chosen word of the year to memorize. Then, when struggles come, repeat over and over in your head to overcome. I do this as I go to sleep at night now. I only have two verses memorize (pitiful, I know) so it’s pretty repetitive, but it works to keep my mind still focused on God.
Another list of seven words centered around God to consider for your One Word.
“O Come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great Kind above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” – Psalm 95:1-6
“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” – Luke 6:48
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:10
“Know ye not that ye are teh temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” – Psalm 71:14
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” – Psalm 16:11
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” – Psalm 51:12
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” – James 1:2-3
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” – Ephesians 5:2
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my stength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Tomorrow – Personal Character One Words
Check out the rest of the series in the Overview post.
We could all stand to have a year with God as our focus. The first two posts of this series will focus on the Creator of all things. This is by no means all it takes to explain God. He is bigger than any one post, blog, book, or person can describe. This is just my attempt to bring glory to the One without whom, there would be no 2013 to conquer. So, with that, here is my first offering of One Words for you to consider for 2013.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession.” – Hebrews 4:14
“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” – 1 John 4:15
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” – Isaiah 64:8
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;” – 2 Corinthians 1:3
“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” – Matthew 9:29
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” – Matthew 17:20 See also – Luke 17:5-6
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” – Mark 11:22
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” – Acts 26:18
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” – Revelation 14:12
“Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.” – Psalm 106:12
“So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.” – Psalm 61:8
“When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” – Psalm 42: 4-5
“Oh God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see they power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” – Psalm 63:1-3
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” – Psalm 42:1-2
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:6-8
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
7. Might or Glory
“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” – Psalm 24:8-10