Writing is an isolating activity, yet these friendships and acquaintances inspire and encourage me on days when I’m just not feeling the writing thing.
One of the great things I’ve learned from my writing circles is the idea of a word of the year.
I did it for the first time in 2017, and it so blessed me.
“Selah,” (pause, praise, and pray) was my 2017 focal word.
This year, my word is “timing.”
God put this on my heart in November and several conversations have solidified that yes – I heard Him correctly.
I have spent much of 2017 in a pattern of waiting, and in 2018, I’ll continue to wait, but with the help of my word of the year, I’ll remember that His timing is perfect, not mine.
Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
For me, timing represents several things: waiting, trust, hope, faith, and patience.
I am waiting for God’s timing.
I am trusting in His timing.
I have hope in His timing.
I have faith that His timing will be perfect.
I am patient because I know He hears my prayers; I know my prayers line up with His will; and I know He will answer me.
This year will be about letting God’s timing prevail, rather than pushing for my own timetable and agenda.
How many of you can relate to this?
Tapping the watch face (and sometimes your foot) and thinking, “Anytime now, Lord!”
But here’s the first lesson of my word: God is never late.
He shows up on time, every time.
As we march forward into 2018, I know we all have hopeful expectations for what this year may bring.
I pray it brings you many great blessings, but I know they will all arrive in His perfect timing.
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you this year.
Ask Him to help you be steady and patient; to live life moment by moment, savoring the great goodness of our Heavenly Father, and trusting in His amazing timing.
Happy New Year!