This is a post I wrote in January but never published. I read it now and laugh. The Lord has certainly put that faith to the test this year! Since writing this, Shane was off work several months, new ministry opportunities opened up for our family, and we decided to foster again
I’ve been talking with my family about coming up with a one word focus for 2016
Shane thinks the one words should be something concrete, like: bacon, or sausage, or beer. All easily measured and quantified. He settled on bacon for this year.
My timid child came up with the word “courage”. Another chose “truth”. My 16 year old, at the cusp of some big decisions for her life, picked “believe”.
A word came to mind quickly. My word for the year is “abundance”. As in fat hearted sharing of life and the source of streams of living water. This is not a prosperity gospel, but a prospering in good news. I think that too much holding on to things made me stagnant, and it’s time to let go.
I’ve had years of mourning paucity. Blessed years, because those who mourn and are poor and spirit are near to the heart of God, inheritors of the kingdom, and comforted by the One who is our only comfort in life and in death. Those were years of shrinking back, of holding a bit apart, of retreating to the mountain. Those years were “Prayer” years and “Trust” years and “Be Still” years.
This year is a different season. A season to cast off what is behind and take up a commission. It is an acceptable year of the Lord, a year of favor, a time to strengthen week knees and weary hands, to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. It is a time not to hide from those who need me, but embrace them. To not hold back. To know that everything from his hand: the easy, the hard, the busyness–is good. Everything from His hand is good.
This is a “Go” year, a “Feet to the Mountains” year a “Spend Yourself” year. I’ve got lots of plans and ideas about how it’s going to play out.