As 2017 comes to a close, I will cherish the memories, the people and the adventures that were a part of this year.Part of this time to reflect includes reminiscing about my chosen word of the year from 2017. It was: fortified and, boy oh boy, was that the right word for this year. Challenging could not begin to describe 2017, but through all of the hurdles and upsets, remaining fortified certainly became a way of life. I count all of the experiences from this past year as learning opportunities to continue to live my life with purpose and heed the calling that God has placed on my life. I am so thankful that during this trying year—that God in his infinite wisdom and love provided the right people, opportunities and experiences in my life to keep me grounded and fortified in work, life and faith.
Now it’s time to LIVE FORWARD and kick off 2018 with exuberance for the endless possibilities and opportunities and beautiful people that I get to share life with. During morning quiet times with my heavenly Father over the last several weeks, it has become ABUNDANTLY clear to me what my word/phrase of the year is for 2018. Not only did certain Bible passages keep appearing, but words and phrases from others and my own plans for 2018 made it VERY APPARENT what my PHRASE FOR 2018 is!
Have you gone through this exercise yet of figuring out the direction you are heading in 2018?
If not, no worries and no pressure and heaven forbid, no judgment if you haven’t done this or it’s not your thing. There is no timeline for having your word or phrase of the year, however, if you are interested in having one, then my super simple strategy for finding the right word or phrase for you in 2018 is below:
- CHOOSE to make quiet time every day over the next seven days a priority.
- LISTEN for that small quiet voice.
- OBSERVE words, phrases and images that pop in front of you throughout the day.
- EVALUATE your goals and plans for the coming year.
- MEDITATE on Scripture passages that keep appearing.
- PRAY that God will place it on your heart.
That’s not too hard of a way to figure out what word or phrase will be yours, is it? That’s my super simple process every year and it has worked. Half the time, I don’t even realize the process because it’s ingrained in my core. However, if this is all new to you, it may take a little getting used to. Don’t give up if a word or phrase doesn’t come to you–just continue the process until it does. And then–when it happens–PLEASE let me know what your word or phrase is! I LOVE hearing what God is doing in the lives of others!
Now that you know the super simple way I come up with my word or phrase of the year, I can share with you my phrase for 2018…
Woohooo! (Doing a little happy dance right now!) I want to be bursting with what my chosen Bible passage for this year says:
I want this year to be a FRUITFUL year — fruitful in work, life and faith. Fruitful in LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL and a few other fruits too!
If you too are longing to have a FRUITFUL year and you too want to be BURSTING with the fruits of the spirit and a few others, then won’t you join me in a community of fruit bearers? Find out all about it here.
Think about what being a fruit bearer and having a fruitful year can do for you in work, life, and faith! Another one of the verses that God directed me to as I kick off 2018 as the year to be Bursting with Fruit is…
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3
My phrase isn’t just a word or phrase–it’s actually an ACTION, which is why I’m super excited to be launching a brand new opportunity for all who long to make 2018 a fruitful year! Check out Bursting with Fruit and join a vibrant community of fruit bearers. We are ready to be all in and go all out and bursting with fruit for the entire year of 2018.
Will it be easy? Probably not–nothing worthwhile is ever easy!
Will it be worth it? Most definitely!
Because when a group of committed women on a mission led by Almighty God pray and seek HIS WILL and LIVE HIS CALLING, not only is it worth it, but it is fruitful!
So, what do you think, my friend? Are you ready to be bursting with fruit in 2018? I sure hope so! Click on the image below to find out all about it!
Don’t forget to share your word or phrase for 2018 in the comments below!