The word for this year is "faith". It's on the cover of the new journal my husband gave me for Christmas. It's the name of the "sheep" we gave to families in our congregation. It's the word that keeps "jumping out at me" as I read and listen and ponder many things. I have a very basic understanding of faith...
*Belief and trust in the Christian God's promises revealed through Christ in the New Testament.
"Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld." (Hebrews 11:1)
* (feeling, without direct evidence but based on indirect evidence and experience (inductive reasoning), that something is true, real, or will happen): belief, confidence, trust.
I just read about Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 16-17. Abraham believed God, despite the facts, despite the circumstances, despite his own reasoning. He trusted God. He believed God. He had faith that what God said He would do.
So, this is my word for this year.... faith. I want to grow in my trust of God. I want to believe more and more that what He says is true and not just believe it intellectually but in my heart and life. (Because, in actuality, I don't really believe it if I don't live it,do I?) I want to live it out more, despite the facts, despite the circumstances, despite my own reasoning.