What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

One Word for 2013

There is yet another challenge for the new year...to select one word to be a signpost or goal for my life in 2013.  Last year the word I chose (or did God choose?) was "Hope". (Click this link for "Hope" from 2012)  No sooner had I chosen (again, Who chose?) that word "Hope", beautiful things began to happen in our lives.  (See "Promises Fulfilled" for more on this story).   I am not trying to say that just because I happened to select a certain word for the year that God magically started doing things to answer my pleas and prayers...but then again, I am saying that He did do marvelous things in our lives and did answer many prayers and fulfilled many of our hopes and dreams in ways we never anticipated. Was it because I publically announced to the world that I was going to "hope in the Lord"...and He responded?  No, not exactly.  Perhaps it was more the fact that as I focused on my hope in the Lord in so many areas of life that I began to see that He was there all the time...working on my behalf behind the scenes...guiding and directing my life in ways that I had perhaps overlooked previously...and now my eyes were being opened to His presence more clearly.

A few weeks ago I was thinking about this new challenge of  "One Word" for 2013, (See "Easing Into Christmas"), and I thought perhaps the word I should choose would be "Emmanuel", meaning "God With Us".  I still love the word, or name, "Emmanuel", specifically because of its meaning, and the fact that it is the name for Jesus.  However, I don't think I am supposed to select a "name" for my "one word".  So, as I am sitting here contemplating this weighty subject, I believe the word has just been given to me...and it is...(oh, wait! Am I supposed to wait and tell you this on January 1st?....perhaps I should stop now and finish this later...)

Ok, maybe I'd better tell you now before I forget it myself!  The word that the Lord has just this minute impressed upon my heart for 2013 is .... 

   Why this word?  Well, perhaps it started with  the chorus of the song we sang in our Christmas cantata:

"Lord, I want Your presence for Christmas,
I want Your presence for Christmas,
I long to feel Your Spirit speaking peace to my heart.
Of all the gifts I may receive,
there's only one I really need,
and it's Your presence,
Your presence for Christmas."
and I couldn't get this message out of my mind...it's not just for Christmas that I want to feel the "Lord's presence speaking peace to my heart"...it's for ALWAYS, starting now in 2013.  I want to not only feel  His presence, but to know  He is present in every aspect of my life. Not only in the good times and happy times, but in the difficult places and sad times as well. Every year has both kinds of times...good and difficult, happy and sad...so I'm not speaking something into my life that sets me up for difficulty...that's just life. But when I walk through my life this year...I want to acknowledge the fact that God is with me...with us...with you, no matter what.
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.  For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;..."
Isaiah 43:2-3
 So, in 2013 I am going to explore God's presence in every aspect of my life.  I will be watching for Him in places that I might ordinarily overlook.  Perhaps you will want to do this as well...in your life. Watch for God to appear...wait for Him to "show up" before you act...Let Him be in control...let Him be your guiding Light...

"You will show me the path of life;
In Your PRESENCE is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Psalm 16:11
Here's a good way to start the year right:
"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He Who has made us,
and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
and His truth endures to all generations.
Psalm 100: 1-5
Perhaps we can compare notes throughout the year and list the places and ways we experience God's PRESENCE in our lives. Are you up to the challenge? Let's go!
I may be a couple days early, but I want to wish you a very
Happy New Year, filled with the PRESENCE of the Lord.




  1. How encouraging, if I were to choose a word that would be it, to always sense His presence by my side. Or maybe "Faithful" would be good because it's my hearts desire to be as Faithful to God as He is to me.

    Have a Blessed New Year,Pamela!

    1. Thank you, Sylvia! You can do this too...join us in this challenge for 2013. "Faithful" is a wonderful word! May God honor your desire to be "faithful" to Him throughout 2013 and beyond forever! Amen!

  2. Oh that is a wonderful word! May He bless you beyond what you could hope for and I know He will. He is good! Happy New Year, Love you- In His all encompassing, wonderful, amazing GRACE!

    1. Amen! Thank you Dawn! I am anxiously awaiting the revelation of your new word for 2013. Yes...Grace, grace, God's Grace...Grace that will pardon and cleanse within...Grace, Grace, God's Grace...Grace that is greater than all our sin..." (Grace Greater Than Our Sin, by Juilia H. Johnston)

  3. What a wonderful word for 2013!! I love it Pamela! I agree that the act of choosing, hearing, seeing a ONE WORD for a year does make stuff magically happen. But it certainly reminds us to keep our eyes and ears OPEN for the ways that God wants to use us or speak to us through that word. Is it a "chicken or egg" question? maybe, I don't really care, do you? Ha!
    Yay for seeking God's PRESENCE all over the year 2013!!

  4. Pamela, wonderful post...and a great word choice for 2013. It's a word that I often forget when things get tough, or even when things get easy - you lost sight of Jesus - walking side by side with you, ever there for you, wanting to communicate with you. Thanks for the reminder to be in tune with His Presence.


    1. Yes..."tuning in" to God's presence is an act of determined will and worship. We have to be willing to watch, listen, and then respond to God's prompting. We may find His presence in the most unexpected places. It should be interesting and exciting to watch and see what develops! Happy New Year to you and your family too!


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