My One Word for 2017 was "faith." God couldn't have put a better word in my heart when I chose that last year. For 2018, I prayed that God would keep building on my faith and place a focus in my mind again. For the past couple weeks, no word felt right as I tried to pick one word for this year. But today, God gave me my word for 2018: Surrender.
As I think of the ways that God tested my faith last year, I'm very aware that he may call me to surrender in uncomfortable ways. To be honest, it scares me a little bit. But whatever he has in store for me and my family in 2018, I want to surrender it all to Jesus.
I felt that "surrender" was the right word tonight while I was listening to the song "Gracefully Broken" by Matt Redman. You can listen below.
The lyrics say, "Here I am, God, arms wide open! Pouring out my life, gracefully broken...I surrender." I know there are so many areas in my life that I have not surrendered to God. I'm excited to see how God changes my heart over the next 365 days and draws me closer to Him! I ask that you pray for me as I strive to surrender my thoughts, my actions, and my life to Jesus. Here's to 2018...Happy New Year!