In the first hour of light, when my house is still quiet, our littlest and furriest member of the family requires some outside time and I am given a gift. A gift of remembering how great our creator is. The sky blazes with color and I'm encouraged by His Spirit to dive into His Word.
Word... words... that is my focus this year. In the past, I've felt the need to focus on "grace," "peace & stillness," and this past year, on "trust." But after much prayer, "words" stood out as something lacking in my life and something that I desire more and more to be present.
Psalm 19:14 says, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." My greatest desire is to not only commit that verse to memory, but to live it!
May I be in the Word on a daily basis, putting aside all distractions (aka social media) until I've spent time reading His Words. I'm really looking forward to reading a new devotional called Every Day with Jesus by Selwyn Hughes focusing on the armor of God.
May I take the time to really read words, in actual books, not just on some screen that looks flashy and takes little time to understand. May my nightstand be filled with new and old books to fill my mind and cause me to ponder and think.
May the words that I speak be uplifting to others, especially my family. It's easy to compliment others who you rarely see, but to show our appreciation and admiration to our loved ones, that takes thought and intention. May my words be full of grace since grace has so undeservedly been given to me.
May my words be fewer in quantity, but more in quality. May there be less words said and more words read. I long for time to read aloud quality literature to my girls and for them to read to me.
May there be more words written, whether on paper, on the blog, or even in simple notes delivered by mail. May even the words penned on a daily to-do list be uplifting and inspiring, rather than overbearing and overwhelming.
Ultimately, may the year 2015 be full of words that bring the God of the Word glory.