God has this crazy way of doing things. It would never be the way I would choose to do them. However, God is a big God and his ways are not his ways nor are his thoughts are thoughts. If you know God or have been walking with him any amount of time, you know He is a wild and an unpredictable God. He is never boring.
I pick a word every year and every year it is unpredictable. But God seems to deposit these words about two months before the start of the year. In 2011 my one word was happiness for I had just come to the Lord and I felt such a joy that had never experienced before. I went to Guatemala on a mission trip and it changed me. I felt and experienced such a beauty in their culture and it was a place of happiness. After experiencing Guatemalan culture, Central America piqued my traveling taste buds to continue doing mission work and travel. There was a hunger to see the world.
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In 2012 my word for the year was growth. I traveled around the world for a year living out of a backpack and was brought to my knees. I saw God. I heard God. I felt God. I began to build a friendship with this man. He had saved my soul.
I knew that aspects of my old life would never be resurrected and at times that was extremely hard.
In 2013, my one word was Love. I am not ready to talk about that year. For the pain I experienced was deep and rich and rooted in despair, however light was always shinning on me. I reveled in God’s word and held on to His truths. In 2014 it was Kingdom. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Those two years were the hardest years of my life. I ached and healed and hurt and mourned the loss of things, people.
In 2015, I had a special word that is between me and the Lord.
I feel like each word builds on top of the rest. It’s symbolic of life and love and God.
My hope is that one day I will understand a fragment of what God does in these seasons.
A lot of growth is done underneath the surface, out of sight. I believe that is what’s been happening the past 7 years.
I am so excited about 2017. My word for the year is alignment and I would not trade it for any other. I know God has such cool things in store for the year. ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard what the Lord has in store for those who love him.’(1 Corinthians 2:9)
1.place or arrange (things) in a straight line.
2. give support to (a person, organization, or cause).
Both of which are absolutely applicable to my season. I am raising funds to purse my dream of making sustainable and ethical fashion. I am raising support for the deepest desire of my heart, asking in faith that God will provide.
Here is the link to give: https://www.gofundme.com/journey-to-learn-ethical-fashion
May God align the deepest desires of your heart to Him.