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My word for the year

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Fear God. My word for the year is “fear” of the Lord.

I got this fabulous idea from Marilynn Griffith. She picks a word for the year in January.

Last year, I prayed and God laid on my heart that my word was “persevere.” NOT a very comforting word for the year, but it proved apt with some of the stresses I had that year.

This year, it’s fear of the Lord. The past few months, I’ve been convicted that I take God for granted. It’s become especially obvious as I read the Old Testament and see God’s mighty power and holiness.

In my Bible in 90 Days, I’m on day 35 and I’m in the Psalms.

I came across a verse that seemed to speak to me on my word for the year:

The Lord is a friend to those who fear him,
He teaches them his covenant.
Psalm 25:14 (NLT)

I like the contrast and combination of those two words, friend and fear. It’s almost as if those two words are too paradoxical, but I think it’s in the Bible to show God’s majesty and fierce love for us.

How about you? Any word for the year?


  1. Camy,

    Great insights here. I love it. Mine was "peace" this year. :)

  2. No word right now, but I love that verse. Paradoxical is a good explanation. It is first confusing and also comforting. If we could understand God, he wouldn't be God, right? Thanks for the verse.

  3. Love that verse, Camy. The Lord gave me two words this year: Peace and Simplicity. I'm looking forward to some of that!

  4. I think last years word for me was "trust" and I had to learn to seriously trust the events in my life were in God's control.

    This year I'm thinking it's "patience," with four kids, a deployed Dhand getting him home, and then trying to get my 1st MS ready for agents takes a lot--added ontop of the rest of my life.

  5. God gave me a metaphor for the new year - "Don't wear borrowed armor."

    (referring to little David as he prepared to fight Goliath and Saul lent him armor).

    I blogged about what that means to me over at Faithchicks a few days ago.


  6. Hey, girl. God told me at conference "it's time to prepare." That's all I've heard so far, but I sense deeply this year will be a trial by fire. Persevere is a good word...

  7. Interesting. I've never thought of having a word for the year, but I have definitely had certain words for certain seasons. This season the word is wisdom, and I foresee it being a very long season until that word becomes complete in me. That's okay though. I look forward to working this one out with Him.

  8. I read that post too...having a word of the year. I've never thought of it before but it's not a bad idea. My husband and I usually come up with corny slogans for the year. Shoot for 11 in's a reference to the movie Spinal Tap.

    I like your word though...I always think of "awe" and "reverence" instead of fear because of the other connotations to the word. Perhaps I'll have to think about this more!

  9. I think "trust", as "in Him". The more I believe I trust God, the more I discover ways in which I try to control the events of my life (and didn't realize it). So focusing on trust will allow my soul-eyes to continue to be open.


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