In recent years, I’ve gotten in the habit of asking the Lord to give me one word to focus on throughout each year. For example, my one word for 2017 was OBEDIENCE. And in 2016, it was FOCUS.
This year, after praying and doing really nerdy things like looking up the word origin in the Greek, I felt the Lord nudging me to choose the work SEEK.
The word appears many places in the Bible, but in particular, I felt led to Matthew 6:33:
“But SEEK first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…”
Seek Him first.
Seek His Kingdom.
Seek His righteousness.
Seek, and faith and hope and love and all the good things will spill out.
SEEK Him first because that’s how we can spread the hope of the Kingdom best.
And hope means everything in a world that lives largely without it.
Hope means everything to someone like me who chooses to often to worry rather than seek Him and pray.
So today I’m pausing to dwell and pray over my one word for the year.
I’m praying the Lord is gracious and helps me seek Him first in my marriage, in my parenting, in my work as a nurse, and in each word I pen as a writer.