January is a-buzz with resolutions, commitments, and one-word’s! I think it is an excellent idea to set goals and aspirations for the new year and I used to do that – but then, a few years ago this one-word thing showed up and I joined the bandwagon of “one-worder’s”. I wasn’t new to the practice because you see the Lord gave me a LIFE WORD back in 2003 that has been the anthem of my life – HOPE! Hope is my forever word but it’s good to open our hearts and ears to hear a principle God wants to plant deeply into our spirits each year of our life.
This year God got real “bossy” with me, back in November. It was an ordinary morning – I was sitting in my comfortable chair in my secret place, the morning was young and I had my nose in a book by Bob Sorge, The Secrets of the Secret Place. (Note: this book is well worth reading and I can’t recommend it enough.) Honestly, I was just minding my own business when HE practically delivered a postcard in my hand, which read:
ONEWORD2016 – DISCIPLINE
And, then He implied, Because you need some in three areas: Reading the Word, Talking to Me, and Exercise for your body. How do you reject THAT? I chose to embrace it and here is how that looks: In 2016 I will be tuning up my R.P.M.’s! AND, I plan to be disciplined and intentional in doing so. I have accountability partners in place and my sister and I are reading the Bible through with the same plan – she is as excited about it as I am. I want to share the RPM plan:
- Read. My sis and I are using a chronological reading plan and we chose The Message translation. How many times can I say, “Love, love, love this way of reading The Word.” Did you know Job’s story happened somewhere between Genesis 11 and 12? IF reading through the Bible has gotten “stale” (keepin’ it real here folks) try the chronological way. Just Google ‘chronological read through the bible’. Please let me know if you choose to join me and sister on this exciting journey in 2016! The discipline: Read every day that does not begin with an “S”. 2 Timothy 2.15
- Pray. When one intentionally sits down to read The Word, GET READY! You will be confessing and repenting (almost) every other verse. I have a running prayer list and there are times I just lay hands on it and say, “Yes, Lord.” Then, there are times of intense prayer and intercession. Times of being awakened at 3 a.m. with someone on my heart. Holy Spirit insisted I set my alarm for 11:55 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (I go to bed early), and welcome 2016 on my knees. I did it – the prayer wasn’t very articulate, but don’t think my heavenly Father really cared! I was obedient and I read somewhere that obedience is better than sacrifice! Can I get a witness? The discipline: Pray without ceasing and never say amen! 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18
- Move. As in exercise my body! We are empty-nesters; I work from home as a customer service manager for a small manufacturing company; and, we live in a rural setting with no great walking path unless I want to dodge 18-wheeler’s on the road! All that to say, it is very easy for me to be complacent and lazy and still! I do a 20-minute workout with a dvd by Teresa Tapp (Google her, if interested). It is an excellent way for me to workout and stretch, which is what I want to do in order to stay fluid and flexible. The discipline: Work the dvd every day that does not begin with an “S”. Acts 17.28
Now, you know my plan of action and can hold me accountable too! One can never have too many partners!
On January first, I was reading and my good, good Father blessed me with a scripture for the year…
Now therefore, if I have found favor in Your sight, please show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight. Exodus 33.13 (ESV)
I firmly believe the Lord and I are going to have one awesome year!
Do you have a oneword2016?