Since 2011, with the exception of one year, I’ve chosen a One Word focus. In the earlier years, it was a word that I picked and desired to focus on, but in the later years, it was a word that found me, one I believe that was sent directly by the Lord. Some of my words in the past have been Constant, Pursue, Simply, Content and Steadfast.
I pretty much decided that I would not have a One Word focus for 2017. Over the last couple of years I haven’t felt like I was allowing God to teach me all that He desired to through these words. But one evening, while writing this Five Minute Friday post, my word came to me out of no where. It took me by surprise but I knew that it was directly from God. It was in this phrase that the Lord spoke ever so clearly about what my focus would be in 2017:
Now is the time to commit.
This year, the Lord is calling me to commit myself fully to Him. This past year I’ve been a little slothful in my dedication and commitment to reading the Word, to prayer, to family etc. I have had times of self-absorption where I just wanted to crawl under a rock and continue to allow the world to pass me by.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. (Psalm 37:5 ESV)
Through this word, I believe the Lord is calling me to,
Commit myself fully to Him through dedicated prayer and Bible reading.
Commit myself to my family, putting them first next to God.
Commit myself to health through whole eating and exercise.
I believe there are other areas of my life that God is calling me to commit fully to Him. Although this may not be an easy journey as there are so many things fighting for my attention, I trust that God will be with me every step. I know that I am on my way to living a more abundant life as a result of my renewed commitment to Christ and dedication to all that He is calling me to do.
An Invitation for You!
One of the ways in which I will be committing myself to the Lord in the coming year is in giving Him the first fruits of my day through dedicated prayer and Bible reading. I’ve gotten away from this and my heart desperately needs it. In order to help me to be successful on this journey, I am committing to read God’s Word chronologically using The Message Bible. I’ve owned a Message Bible for several years, but have never read it, with the exception of looking up scripture here and there.
This is how my 2017 scripture focus reads in The Message:
Open up before God, keep nothing back;
he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
(Psalm 37:5 The Message)
I would love to invite you to join my Facebook Group. This group will be a place to share insights and encourage one another on this journey. The only requirement is that you plan to read chronologically using The Message Bible. Just follow the link and request to join!
Have you chosen a One Word focus for 2017? I would love to know what it is and how it found you! Be sure to leave a comment so that I can visit you!