I've known about people having a Word for the new year, but have never had a word impressed upon me for the year. Til this year.
My word is Praise. As a mom of a Chickie in her 2nd year of college, God has been working transformation in me these last 2 years. Being an empty nester was a big change, and actually a delight. I had a lot of free time that I wasn't used to having. But......
This year Chickie is back home and attending college nearby. She enjoys my company and my time. My in-laws are growing increasingly dependent and I am their source of transportation. I've sold my business ownership and become an employee again.
More responsibilities and time constraints and a new perception of my workplace. Lots of big changes. But through these last two years, He has given me what I would not have imagined to ask Him for.
His absolute Omnipresence. The Joy of His Omnipresence. It is the absolute most precious blessing that I can imagine.
I see myself being transformed by it. Character traits I have admired in my mother for years are becoming mine, and I am in awe. She is compassionate and wise and has passed an amazing spiritual legacy on to her family.
For these blessings, for these transformations in process, I will Praise Him. And since He inhabits our praises, I will be drawn to even closer intimacy with Him.
Exodus 15:2 NIV
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Be blessed this week!