We have our One Word for 2013 and defined it. Now it is time to look at our word through a spiritual lens. I believe God gives me the word each year, so I want to see what He has to say about it.
I also use Logos, this awesome Bible software I invested in a few years ago. I am still learning how to fully utilize it but it is an amazing bible study tool.
I print this out or copy it to a word document. For the first month of the year I delve into this and study what the Bible has to say. This list gives me many themes to explore. There are themes of root of evil and bitter root or being uprooted come to light. I always gain insight looking at the opposite of the word. What keeps me from being rooted spiritually?
After reading the verses I choose one verse that speaks to me and captures my One Word for the year.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
This year I have selected two verses. The first, is Ephesians 3:17-20, because I feel it captured what I need to do to be rooted and the benefits. If I am rooted and established in love I may have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. I might know this love that surpassed knowledge that I would be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Reading it I thought of being a little girl and singing Deep and Wide. Do any of you remember that song? We would hold our arms out as wide and tall as we could as we sang
Deep and wide
Deep and wide
There is a fountain flowing
Deep and Wide
I long to have that same child like faith again. Don’t you?
I forgot how much Jesus loves me sometimes. I allow the enemy to steal that joy and feed me lies. This year I want my roots to grow deep so that I may experience the fullness of God as much as it is possible here on earth.
The other verse my friend, Louise, left me in the comments. It is Psalm 1:3.
I think it is a beautiful word picture of how I want to be as the year ends.
Did you define your word? Try researching the spiritual aspects of your word and see if it doesn’t challenge you and give you guidance.