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What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

One Word for 2020

Happy New Year... Ready or not, 2020 is here!!  And with that comes the selection of a new One Word for the year...

Here was my One Word post for 2019...and the word was Abundance.  As I read back over what I wrote one year ago I realize that I didn't actually follow through with what I thought I would do in regards to learning more about abundant living in Christ...and yet, perhaps it was done for me...

One thing I have learned is that we can't make things happen to have a more abundant life...it is something that happens through life's daily routines, experiences, unexpected events, both good and not so good...God is the One Who is orchestrating our lives in accordance with His perfect plan. My schedule and time-table is not necessarily God's schedule or time-table. His plans are NOT my plans...but His plans are the perfect ones for my life, whether I see it or not at the time.
Remember this picture...the heart in the midst of the trees overlooking the pond when we first found this home?

And yet, I have experienced God's abundant love and presence in my heart and life throughout this past year in so many ways. Probably the biggest was in how He brought together all of the elements necessary for us to finally sell our home and make this huge move to our new home in such a special way.  This post that I wrote here, "A Dream Come True", probably sums it up the best.  It seems as though God went above and beyond our dreams to bring this all to pass, and I just can't thank Him enough.

This is the verse that always comes to my mind when I think of the abundant love of God:

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

20 "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 
21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

I think of this as a kind of benediction, or blessing. Our Lord is able to do "exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think..." and not only is He able, but He does do this for His children whom He loves so much.

So, even if I don't feel like I lived up to my part of the bargain to learn more about "abundance in Christ"...God did HIS part...and He truly did do "exceedingly abundantly above all that" I could ever ask or think.  And I give Him praise and glory, Amen!!


 So now, that brings us to this year,  and the new One Word for 2020.  As of this moment, I am still thinking and praying about this. 

I read a book years ago entitled "The Joyful Journey", co-authored by four different women from the "Women of Faith" ministry,  Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, and Luci Swindoll. Their theme verse was from Jeremiah 31:21, which says: "Set up signposts, make landmarks; Set your heart toward the highway, the way in which you went."    Their goal was "to see women live as fully as God intends for each of them....to bring light to the path and to be a source of encouragement and inspiration, always pointing the way back to God and the importance of our relationship with Him." (Foreword, page 7, The Joyful Journey)  

As I scan through many highlighted, underlined, circled verses in my Bible, I find that the word "joyful" pops out at me all the way through. So often the joyfulness comes after a season of testing and difficulties in life. God's Word teaches us to be joyful in the face of affliction and trials, and to rejoice because of His righteousness and justice. I want to walk this journey of life with a joyful heart, regardless of the  trials and sorrows of life.  

So, I believe my One Word for 2020 is going to be "Joyful", and I will  start the year with one of the very first Psalms I ever learned as a child, 

Psalm 100:1-5

"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."

So I am going to be watching for those "signposts and landmarks" of joy along life's pathway...opportunities to be joyful even in the face of adversity or difficulties.  No, I'm not looking for those things...they just have a way of happening without our seeking them out...so it is my desire to face each new challenge of life with a joyful heart,  knowing that the Lord, Who made me, is going to take care of all my needs regardless of what the world may say.   We are His sheep,  and we know that the Good Shepherd cares for His sheep.  So we can be joyful and trust Him no matter what.  

There you have it: JOYFUL!  Happy New Year!!! May all our hearts be joyful as we begin this brand new year and brand new decade. God is with us, so we need not be afraid to face whatever lies ahead!


16 comments:

  1. My husband has a favorite saying, "Want to make God laugh? Tell Him YOUR plans." I was thinking this while I was reading your post...all is done on HIS timing, not ours...for instance, the sale of your house and the big move you did. Joyful is such a lovely word. My word is Stand Stalwart. I know, two words, but for some odd reason, that is what the good Lord said...smiles.

    Hope you have a lovely day, my friend, smiles.

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    1. I love your words as well...two words are fine! I wanted to say for mine, "Be Joyful", but I guess just plain "joyful" is a state of being, so the "be" is unnecessary. Stand Stalwart is a strong command...and God will help you do it no matter what the old world throws at you. I love what your husband says, and I so agree!

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  2. Beautiful. Blessing in the new year.

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    1. Thank you, R's Rue, and welcome to my blog! I don't believe we have "met" before, so I will look forward to getting better acquainted in the New Year!

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  3. My word is Hope! We Hope, We Pray, We keep the Faith!

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    1. Yes, HOPE...never give up hope...God is still on the Throne, and He will never fail!! Happy New Year, Sis!!

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  4. Perfect word for your year, Pamela! May the joy of God abound in your life all throughout 2020 and beyond.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Martha! And may His joy be in your life as well. I know it already is, but may He magnify His joy in our hearts in every circumstance. Blessings to you and yours as well.

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  5. Hope 2020 is very joyful for you. Blessings

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    1. Thank you Ann. And a joyful New Year to you and your family too

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  7. Wishing you and your family a JOYFUL new year full of many wonderful blessings!!

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  8. We feel similarly about the gift God gave us in our new house. He orchestrated everything, and we love where we are.

    Joyful is a great word for the coming year. May the Lord fill you to overflowing with joy, as you seek Him this year.

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  9. Pam: I like your choice of tha word. You certainly have a lot to be Joyful about. God has indeed blessed you according to His desires for you and your family. Happy New Year. Peace and blessings to you.

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  10. Pamela, you always share such a wonderful message and this one is no different, it's wonderful. You are always so 'JOYFUL' in all your blogs, no matter the circumstances, and I know that is because of your relationship with our Lord. Whatever word you decide on I know you will give us examples and good teachings of that word. Sending you a New Years ((Hug)), you are a blessing.

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