Here are the words spoken to me today:
First, this verse, spoken to me from a little card with this verse written on it sitting upon my kitchen windowsill:
Second: these verses, spoken to me from the pulpit in church this morning through the voice of the minister, who, on this particular day, happened to be my husband:
Then again, I just learned from another dear friend whom I had not seen or heard from in several years...that he has recently been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and is now undergoing chemo hoping to stem the tide of this horrid disease. And yet another friend who is possibly in the very last stages of liver cancer...actually I know of another one battling the same thing as well... (I HATE cancer!)
There are others facing a big move to another state in the New Year...a major move in that they have not moved in many many years, so it will be a major adjustment...but hopefully a positive one for them as they will be moving closer to their family. And today I just heard of a dear woman who is going to be moved to a nursing home within the next week as she is no longer able to care for herself and her family feels it will be in her best interest to be cared for in a nursing facility.
Others of you may be facing a job change, retirement...yes, I have a dear friend who has just retired so she can care for her husband (see above) who is in the final stages of liver cancer. I know of another who would dearly love to retire this year if finances would permit him to...(I know of someone even closer to home (me?) who would love to do the same thing...but probably won't be able to for at least another year).
In the past couple of years I have chosen a "One Word" for the year to be the emphasis of my prayer life, writing, and reading for the year. The first year the word was "Hope", and I was blessed by the hope fulfilled in my life throughout the year. (One Word for 2012 - Hope). Then in 2013 my "One Word" was "Presence"
One Word for 2013: Presence, and I was amazed by the "Presence" of God manifested to me throughout the year in so many places and ways.
The last few days I have been pondering what my "One Word" for 2014 should be, and I really didn't have a clue...until this morning. Suddenly, there it was, on my windowsill (my "Open Window"?)... "I will strengthen thee..."...and then later this morning in the sermon: "Be Strong!". If you complete that particular verse (Daniel 10:19) the next part says: