A brand new year brings a fresh chance to start again, doesn’t it?
New dreams, fresh energy and a clean slate!
Desiring a clean slate doesn’t mean we are going to ‘forget’ what we learned in 2017.
And it definitely doesn’t mean we are trying to pretend we didn’t have tough times last year.
Some of us are still struggling and waiting on the Lord to come through with healing, deliverance, guidance and/or provision.
If 2017 was not a good year for you and your mind and soul are exhausted, believe us when we say that we completely understand because we have personally experienced some hardships ourselves.
Some we are still walking through.
But we want you to know that we are praying fresh HOPE and JOY over ourselves and over you, Sweet Sister
And we are aware that anytime is a good time to start over with a fresh new perspective from God, not just on January 1’rst!
Our Heavenly Father is always forward moving. He is always up to something new!
He is always working for our good and preparing the way before us.
He asks us in Isaiah 43:19 if we can ‘see’ Him working?
Why is our ability to believe that He is ‘able’ so important?
Just moments before He healed two blind men in Matthew 9:27-31, Jesus asks them: ““Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
When they responded “Yes Lord!” Jesus touched their eyes and said ““According to your faith let it be done to you.”
In Matthew 8:13, Jesus tells the Roman Officer “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very moment.
Me myself… I feel like I need to slow way down this year.
My words were “Intentional” in 2016 and “Fearless” in 2017.
But this year I feel like the Lord doesn’t want me to plow full force ahead into the new year.
I can get so busy working for Him rather than with Him or from Him.
Instead He wants me to posture myself to stay yielded to Him in our secret place so He can fill me completely.
For a few weeks I thought my word would be “Healing” in 2018 for the physical and emotional pain in myself and family members, but the Holy Spirit woke me a few mornings ago and whispered He was taking me beyond healing to a wholeness I hadn’t experienced before.
“The LORD is my Good Shepherd, I have ALL that I need.” Psalm 23:1 (Emphasis mine)
I will lack nothing or want for anything in 2018.
He reminded me of a girlfriend here who talked to me about Sozo Wholeness a few years back.
Sozo is a Greek Word, translated in the New Testament the following ways: “Save or Saved. Whole. Healed. Delivered.”
Ever since my friend brought up Sozo Wholeness, I have heard it a few more times.
Once when the late John Paul Jackson talked about it on his ‘Dreams and Mysteries’ Show.
And another time when I was reading Ann Voshcamp’s Book ‘1000 Gifts’, she mentioned it.
Now Jesus Himself is whispering it into my spirit.
I looked up the word ‘whole’…
It means ‘Complete, full, unbroken, undamaged, undivided, uncut, fulfilled.”
I want that for myself and my family!
So I asked the Lord to help me with what He wants my new word to be.
If it’s not ‘Healing’, is it ‘Wholeness?’ Is it ‘Completeness?’
Then I walked into Lifeway yesterday to purchase a new planner for 2018 and I instantly knew which one belonged to me!
And my word for this year was written on the cover …
On the inside was my Scripture Verse for this year:
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
My word will be “Delight”.
I looked up ‘Delight.’ It means ‘Contentment, Joy, Pleasure, Satisfaction, Rapture, Relish, Transport.’
That is so like God.
He doesn’t want me to focus on my need and desire to be made whole.
In Him I have all I need and will ‘want’ for nothing in 2018!
He wants me to focus on delighting myself in Him.
As I focus on delighting in Jesus, He will give me the desires of my heart.
In His own way. In His own time. He will heal me and make me whole and complete.
And He will heal and make complete members of my family.
I have to share that I had a sweet moment with the Lord yesterday.
A few girlfriends and I just signed up on Sunday for a weekend Ladies Conference in Pensacola this April.
I just discovered yesterday that the title of this conference is going to be ‘Fearless!’
My word from last year lol…
Some things are definitely carrying over into this new year!
Don’t you just love how God does things?
Everything seems to connect and weave together in Him!
My sweet friend Nikole here at Fresh Grace chose ‘Healed’ as her word for 2018.
She is praying and believing for a healing in all areas of her life.
As I was writing this Post, the Lord pointed out to me how she chose the past tense version for the word heal or healing.
She is already choosing to speak ‘Healed’ over herself and her family as if she has already received it!
I love that! Don’t you?
Nikole’s chosen verse for this year is 2 Corinthians 5:17 from the Passion Translation: “Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.”
I didn’t realize there was a ‘passion version’ of the Bible, did you?
Nikole loves how the Passion Translation adds commentary to the verses!
With this particular verse, it reminds us that when we are made ‘new’ in Christ, “we are not simply reformed or refurbished, but we are made COMPLETELY NEW by our union with Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.”
Isn’t that exciting?
We don’t just become better or improved versions of ourselves, but Jesus makes us completely brand new creatures in Him!!
We may not always feel like we are brand new women, but we have to remember that truth trumps our feelings EVERY.SINGLE.TIME!
Susan has also chosen her word.
She experienced some challenges in 2017 and is still waiting on the Lord to bring His answers, guidance and provisions in some areas.
But she totally inspired me throughout 2017 with her heart and her unwavering love for Jesus.
And He has spoken into her heart this week that He is going to ‘renew’ her in 2018!
She right away looked up the definition of the word ‘renew’ and found that it’s the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again.
I just love that and I love her!
Susan has a second word and it is ‘Jesus’ Name. He Himself will be her lifeline. His Name is etched upon her heart! ❤️
Susan’s Scripture Verse is Galatians 2:20 (ESV):
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Diane has chosen to keep ‘purity’ as her word, continuing her journey with it from 2017.
The Dictionary defines purity as “the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes.”
Diane had an extremely challenging year in 2017 where I swear (well ok I shouldn’t swear) but it was like the spirit of fear tried hard to attach itself to her and drown her as she kept trying to keep her chin above water and swim through very stormy waters.
But you know what?
The enemy could not (and never will) be able to take away her sweet childlike hope and faith in her Heavenly Daddy.
She has such a pure heart. The childlike trust in Jesus that He guards, protects and cherishes in her.
Diane and her hubby have chosen Isaiah 52:12 as their Scripture Verse for this year: “But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”
We want to encourage you to keep fighting the good fight of faith.
Keep your eyes focused on Jesus.
As long as you stay focused on Him, you will walk smack dab into your destiny in Him!
If our destinies are in Jesus and we are in Him and He is in us, how can we miss it?
We would like to invite you to leave your “One Word” in the comments below.
Also, if you have one, please leave the Scripture Promise that you are making your ‘life verse’ in 2018 because we will personally pray over each and every lady who comments.
2 ladies will be randomly selected on Thursday January 18th to receive an 8×10 Angel Painting from me.
It will be freshly painted on an 8×10 Gallery Wrapped Canvas in your choice of background color.
The angel’s hair will be your cut and color and your ‘Word for 2018’ will be added to the picture.
You can display it where it will remind you all year long of the word that you have between you and Jesus.
Please check back on or after January 18th for the winner’s names will be announced in the comment section of this post!
Much love to you!
Donna, Nikole, Susan, and Diane ❤️