Have you ever picked a word to carry you through the year? To become your theme or to infuse into your personal narrative? Here at AllMomDoes we’ve each picked a word and a song that we hope to represent well in 2018. We’d love to hear yours.
I have a phrase this year instead of a single word and it is “I Give You Control.” This song from Tenth Avenue North really hits home as I work to let God lead each of my steps, to banish fear and worry and to look to Him for my purpose daily.
Song: I Give you Control by Tenth Avenue North
My word is bravery! This year I was pregnant and nursing a baby, amidst different health struggles and all sorts of things. God is showing me what it means to trust Him and what it means to allow Him to use my brokenness! I’m learning to be brave and to hang on tight to His hand through it all.
Song: Broken Things by Matthew West
My word is Patience. I’ve been praying for healing from a chronic illness for well over a decade. It’s easy for me to fall into anger and self-pity instead of trusting that God can work all things for good. This song is such a blessing to me!
Song: Not Right Now by Jason Gray
Can I be honest? I’ve never really been into the whole “word” thing. I prefer clear direction and goals, and I find that choosing a word is somehow both too specific and too vague at the same time, so I’ve always avoided doing it. But for me, 2017 was the year I stopped caring – in a good way. I stopped caring about what other people think. I stopped feeling the need to clean the house before people came over. I stopped caring about the things that really didn’t matter and, in the process, learned about the things that did. And that has cleared the way for bravery – in my faith, in my relationships, and in my life in general. So with that, my song for the year is a throwback to several years ago. I loved it then, but I love it even more now.
Song: Brave by Nichole Nordeman
Clarity is my word for 2018. I’m energized and fascinated by all manner of things: research, stories, new platforms, technology, ideas. And I often jump into new things, piling more and more into my schedule, into my head, into my heart. But that fascination can lead to a murkiness. Am I in the lane God wants me in? Am I spending my days, this precious allotment of time He’s given me to live His purpose, am I spending it where I’m supposed to? What shiny things are supposed to be in my windshield as I race through this life? And what are supposed to be in the rearview mirror? What am I to say ‘yes’ to in 2018? And, equally important, what am I to say ‘no’ to?
And my song for the year remains the one that has resounded for many years for me…
LifeSong by Casting Crowns