“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
1 Peter 5:10
I love love love New Years!! It is my most favorite holiday of the year. Reflecting on the last year and embracing a new year filled with hope and excitement of what is to come is a beautiful tradition that I love. This is probably why I loved growing up in a military family. We moved an average of every 2 years across the country, and while it was difficult to say goodbye to friends, I loved the excitement of embarking on a new adventure. Loved it! Change, bring it! I still haven’t figured out how my husband signed up for a lifetime of marriage with me. He is the complete opposite of me in this area.
However, one thing I continually struggle with is being completely present and content in the NOW. I can get caught up in planning an adventure or my future, that I forsake being faithful in the less thrilling, but very important areas of my life. I can also become so caught up in worrying about the future, that I borrow trouble that doesn’t even exist yet and may never exist.
Every year, I choose one little word I want to reflect on and focus on for the year. This year, I have felt that I need to focus on being diligent in the little, but very important moments and tasks of the present. I wanted a word that will remind me that running a marathon requires focusing on each step and mile. With regards to my health, I wanted a word to derail my ever present worry and fear of the “what-if’s.” I wanted a word that reminded me of the importance of nurturing my relationships in big and small ways. A word to help me remember the importance of consistency as I parent my sons as they grow up way too fast and parent my daughters who sometimes feel like they are growing up way too slowly. I especially wanted a word to help me remain disciplined in fostering my relationship with my God, when life gets in the way and my faith starts to become lukewarm. Words like endurance, faithful, and perseverance began to pop in my head before I eventually decided on my one little word for 2015:
Similar words include sure, immovable, persevering, unwavering, abiding, faithful, unquestioning, tried-and-true, firm, and enduring. I hope that I will remain STEADFAST in my walk with Him, my relationships, my health, and my priorities. That I will not be looking so far in the future, that I miss the present. I look forward to see all He has in store for me this new year. His Word promises to trade steadfastness for a renewed strength, an anchor of hope, perfect completion and everything I need, lacking nothing. That’s a pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.
Here is a list of scriptures I am holding on to as I make 2015 a STEADFAST year!
Hebrews 12: 1-2 And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Proverbs 3:3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
James 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.
Matthew 25:23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
What is your one little word for 2015?