Thought from the Heart
A New Thing
The start of a new year is always a great time to reflect on all the amazing things God did in the previous year—both big and small. It is also a good time to look forward in anticipation of what is to come. Behold, God is doing a new thing! I do not create new year's resolutions; however, this will be the fifth year that I have chosen a "focus word" for the year. The results of this practice in the last four years have been astounding! I never would have dreamed the simple act of choosing one word, and a Bible verse to go with it, would have such a huge impact on my life, particularly my journey of faith. It is a practice that I highly recommend! If you are unfamiliar with this concept, the following is a short explanation from one of the Transformational Tips, “Choose a Focus Word”, in Sharpen Your Sword: "A good way to do this is to determine an area in which you want to grow in your relationship with Jesus, and make that your focus for the year (if you find a year too long, try six months or even three months). Choose a word that defines that area of focus and make it your 'focus word.' Pick a theme verse to go along with your word. Then, for the entire period of time you have chosen, seek and study scriptures related to this word. Incorporate this area of focus into your prayer life, listen to messages, read books and do Bible studies that are all centered around your focus word." Be sure to do this prayerfully, let Holy Spirit lead you to the chosen word. This year my word is two-fold. I am confident and expectant that the year will start with BREAKTHROUGH; not only for me but also for my family, friends, church family and church as a whole. The definition of breakthrough is 1) a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy's front-line defense; 2) an act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction; 3) any significant or sudden advance, development, achievement, or increase…that removes a barrier to progress. As warriors of God, we will crash through the enemy’s front-line defense, break down any barriers or obstructions and move beyond any restrictions into all that God has called us to. BREAKTHROUGH will be followed by EXPANSION; focusing on the expansive life that God has for me on the other side of the barriers that I have allowed to hold me back. My key verse for 2018 is Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” I will not hold back! I want to step into all that God has planned for me and live a life worthy of my calling! I am declaring that 2018 will be a year of BREAKTHROUGH into EXPANSION! I am propelling forward into 2018 by starting the year with another amazing word from the Book of Isaiah…God is doing a new thing! No more dwelling on the past; God is going to catapult me forward into the plan and purpose that He has for me! My prayer is that you will allow Him to do the same for you! In Jesus Name!