Have You Chosen a Word for 2021?
I haven’t always had a word for the year. It’s really only something I’ve done recently but it hasn’t been embraced the way I think it can be.
If I had to choose a word for last year it would be FOCUS.
It might seem a strange word to apply during a pandemic but I think many people can say that a lot came into FOCUS during 2020.
Focus on What’s Important:
Family, Friends, Your Health, Faith, Safety
Focus on What’s Not Important:
Sports, Entertainment, Hollywood, Religion, Temporary Pleasures
For me personally, FOCUS came from leaving a corporate job which was making me sick to FOCUS on what God wanted me to do with my life.
The amazing part is when I did FOCUS on God’s plan, and not my own ideas, I found a career I love and is tailored to fit me perfectly.
I love being my own boss, helping clients find peace and joy through organization, and having the time for a wide range of creative pursuits.
When I began to think of a word for 2021, I was leaning toward growth, because I do want to grow a lot in this next year:
- Expanding Simply Designed Organization and the graphic design branch, Owl Simply Design
- Write more novels in my Grace Series, publish at least one new novel this year
- Publish the first novel in a new mystery series, The Sunday Mysteries, and write future novels
- Spend more time in prayer and reading the Bible with devotions focused on the books of the Bible
I was all set to make that my word until the first Monday night prayer service in January at my church. It was during the last song, I was down at the altar, praying for the upcoming election when our music minster began to sing a song that changed my thoughts on the word for this year.
It’s a song I’ve heard before and know the words, but when he sang out the word FORWARD, my spirit welled up and said “That’s your word for this year.”
I can’t tell you the song, I know it’s popular, but every time I try to think of it, I only hear the one word, FORWARD. Sung out clear and strong from that Monday night prayer service.
Nothing else will come to mind. I’ve tried to remember because I want to play the entire song over and over, but all I hear is the word FORWARD.
for·ward | fȯr-wƏrd (adverb)
- In the direction one is facing or traveling; toward the front
- Onward so as to make progress; toward a successful conclusion
- Toward the future, ahead in time
Wow, what a word! Powerful! No wonder I can only hear the one word, echoing in my head and heart.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for some forward motion in my life for A LONG TIME.
The last few years life has been a real battle with health, security, and peace of mind. It seems like every time I make it through one battle, finally receive a breakthrough after much prayer and seeking the Lord, only to find it’s short-lived, because of another battle, mostly the same one starts right back up.
It’s emotionally exhausting and a cause of great frustration.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked God to help me to walk into victory, the abundant life Jesus promised from John 10:10.
Last year, I focused not only on what God wanted and His plan for my life, but I also focused on obeying his leadings.
It hasn’t been easy and there have been a lot of tears, hurt, fear, doubt, and confusion.
But I stayed focus on God, or at least when I lost focus, I found it again.
I truly feel God is telling me to move FORWARD. Standing firm on His promises in faith has gotten me here and now, I can take those promises FORWARD into both my professional and personal life.
Moving FORWARD to
Knock down the darts of the enemy,
Pray with new authority,
Use my God-given talents to uplift and lead others to God,
Have a growing platform and a message to speak from,
Embrace a new, deeper relationship with the Lord,
Move forward, seeing the move of God in my life in unique and unexpected ways.
What a word! What a promise!
Have you asked the Lord to show you the word for your 2021 year?
He’ll answer if you ask.
Sometimes it’s with a whisper, sometimes a shout, and sometimes a song.
Then be prepared to see the works of God in your life.
Until next time, may God’s grace surround you,