Alrighty. I’d like to start off by saying that yesterday (Saturday the 22nd) was my 3 year WordPress anniversary!! I’ve been blogging for THREE years. That’s a lot. Wow…. Anyways….
As promised in my last post, I shall now explain my word/phrase of the year which has taken me quite a while to figure out.
The other night I prayed about my word of the year as I’ve been doing since the beginning of the year. Usually, nothing has come to mind as the words “Hope” and “Fearless” did for me the past two years. So, I’ve been really stumped. I had a couple of ideas for words but none of them really seemed right. I’ve been praying and praying and still nothing. Finally, I prayed again about it and almost before I finished explaining my concerns did this phrase enter my mind “like a lion” I literally just sat there silently for a while trying to figure out if that was my own mind coming up with the phrase. I went through what I was thinking, trying to figure out if it was from a song I was singing or a verse I was saying…. But nope. The phrase just came to mind with really no explanation. As I continued to pray, I asked God if that phrase was supposed to be something I should work on to improve myself as I had done with the past words for 2020 and 2021. And then, I realized I was saying “I” too much. The phrase was not about me. The words I had used in the past had also been too much about me. Once again, I was only focused on myself.
After a bit more prayer, I concluded that this phrase is one I am going to study this year to find how it relates to God. My phrase of the year is not about me. Nope. Not a bit. God’s phrase, the one He had given me, is one that I am to use to learn more about Him. I don’t think the words/phrases we pick for the year should really be about us. Sure, having a word for yourself is an awesome way to learn about yourself, gain confidence and work on something you need to! But for me, God has given this phrase to me as a reminder that I should not be focused on myself this year. Because the best way to learn about yourself is to learn about God first. He is center through and through. I need Him much more than I need myself.
So, throughout 2022 I will be looking for ways to find how God is “like a lion” I also have to mention that lions are one of my top favorite animals so I’m definitely more than happy with the phrase God has given me to study. I plan to be studying lions themselves and how there are similarities between them and God. Isn’t it so amazing how He has a fingerprint on each thing He has created? Something about Him is demonstrated in everything and I just love that about God.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”Psalm 19:14 ESV