Here it is, a new year. As I work through my PowerSheets and pray over the year ahead, I want to take a look back on the prayers and hopes I had in the last two years.
In 2016, my word of the year was prosper.
(verb) the condition of being successful or thriving
I wanted my relationships, career, finances, and everything in between to be prosperous - and it was. That year wasn't proclaimed for me to experience success but more so to glorify God with my blessings. Each area of my life was under extreme pressure and required not only my attention but discernment to do the right things and devote the time required. I think you can almost describe this last year as one of harvest.
In 2017, my word of the year was value.
(noun) the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth
(verb) consider to be important or beneficial
This word encapsulated everything I wanted to be, give, do, and feel. The word value brought it altogether. I prayed for a desire to be a person of value, give value, do things of value, and fully believe my value through my faith in Jesus Christ.
For 2018, my word of the year is surrender.
(verb) cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.
(verb) leave behind, relinquish
Some may see the word "surrender" and immediately think "defeat". I choose however, to view the word as almost a form of relief or liberation. I want to "let go" of control, "submit" to God's authority, "back down" from using my strong-willed ways in haste, "yield" to what's real, and "give up" insecurity for true self-love.