I love having a word for a new year. Last year I shared my word for the year and it is amazing to look back and see how my year fit into that word.
I sought God again for His plan and purpose for 2012 and I heard the most amazing word:
Just the thought of rest being the describing word for my year makes my feel so full. Rest could not have described the past few years of mine by any stretch of the imagination and rest is something I have longed for.
I know my God though and when He speaks words to me it doesn't always mean that my world suddenly fits neatly into a box of whatever word I have received for the year. Last year my word was peace and it was more about knowing the God who is peace than not experiencing anything that tried to bring about fear. I learned though that I can cling to Him and experience amazing peace in the midst of storms. It is who He is. The Prince of Peace.
So I am not sure if rest defines my 2012 as a year of rest or rather a year of learning to rest in an all knowing, good, present and powerful God no matter what is going on around me. Either way, I welcome it.
This year I am choosing to rest and simplify. I am forgetting what is behind and pressing on. I am removing burdens and weights (both physical and mental) of things undone. I am laying down what I was not meant to carry. I am excited about all this new year holds!
How about you? Do you have a word for the new year?