Thursday, January 5, 2012

One Word 2012

"You won't relent until you have it all.... heart is yours."

I have been asking the Lord for weeks to show me the OneWord that He would have me focus on for this year. I have made lists after soaking in sermons, reading blog posts, meditating on various Scriptures, and listening to worship.

I have pondered and prayed.
I have processed and prepared.
My mind.
My heart.
My soul.
For what He has for me.
What He wants to speak to me.

You see last year, the year of Redeemed, transformed my life, and so that is a lot for this next little word to live up to, and I wanted to make sure it was His word, not mine;
His leading, not my direction;
His heart, not my will.

"You won't relent until you have it all.... heart is yours."

So, because I am ME, I psyched myself out a bit....and I realized I needed to take a step back.
And then I wrote a post on New Year's Day about my first lesson in grace, and I had a new bloggy friend tell me, "Maybe GRACE is your word for this year."

And I thought, "Really God? Grace was like 2010 and then has sort of been the underlying theme anyway..."

Then suddenly I realized..."This is my decade of grace."
(which REALLY excites me by the way)

That brought me to the place of asking the Lord,
"What aspect of grace do you want to teach me this year?"

On Tuesday night, I went to our church's annual Answer the Call, 21-days of corporate prayer and fasting, and in my spirit, I prayed that the Lord would show me His heart for me, my life, my family, my future this year.

And suddenly there is was.....

"You won't relent until you have it all.... heart is yours."


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His love is unwavering.
His mercy is endless.
His grace is indefatigable.
He is relentless.
in His pursuit of my heart
in His expression of His love for me
in His never-ending, single-minded determination to show me that I am HIS.

And He teaches me
to be tenacious in my relationship with Him
to be constant in allowing His grace to flow through me
to be dogged in my resolve to surrender my life at His feet
to be persistent in my journey of faith & trust in Him
to live perpetually in the grip of grace
to relentlessly remember His love holds me, His grace binds me, His mercy revives me daily.

He has been relentless to redeem my broken pieces,
even when I wanted to give up.
And I find myself caught up in His passionate tenderness
to me, for me, in me,
and through me.

This year.
A journey.
That is.

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Annie | said... Best Blogger Tips

How do you type out a big, huge smile and lots of love?  That's what I've got for you, Lindsey! Love it.

Katy said... Best Blogger Tips

absolutely love that song! great word!

Cara @ WhimsySmitten said... Best Blogger Tips

Relentless indeed, dear Lindsey.  A decade of grace.  A lifetime, even.  

Miss your smile sweet girl.  Glad you got your word.  :)

Meredith said... Best Blogger Tips

True story.
I missed you.  So I came to your blog.  (This post hasn't made it to my email yet.)

And I found the revealing of your One Word!
Relentless is perfect.

And I saw the words "Jesus Culture" and was immediately in love. 
I love them. 
Wow... what a song.

So excited!!

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome, Lindsey!  Love how your 2012 "word" ties together words from previous years.  Can't wait to read about your relentless pursuit of Him throughout the year!

Nancy Franson said... Best Blogger Tips

I opened this tab yesterday, and then my day got crazy. So glad you tweeted it out again (see, Twitter does work!) I am humbled by God's relentless love for me. How can that be, when I'm such a goofball?

I decided to link my word to the One Word 365 community as well: drink.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for posting this song.  I love it!  Going to download it now.  Loving your blog and can't wait to read more!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

So glad! I love this song too!  Thank you for your sweet words!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Drink. Mhmmm...I love the image I see of that...or the many images that come to my mind...I am excited to see how God develops that IN and THROUGH you this year....I KNOW it will be uniquely YOU!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

I do feel like God has me on this GRACE journey....maybe because it doesn't come naturally for me.  I am enjoying walking these roads with you, even from miles away.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh...I love much that means!  I, too, ADORE Jesus Culture...specifically Kim Walker is my "worship" hero...if that EVEN makes sense!!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

A lifetime.
I am sure...a lifetime to learn.
Oh...and I my South African ladies were wont to tell me.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Katy!  You are such a sweetheart....truly!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

I feel it. 
I receive it.
Love to you!

Christy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow.  This is so exciting and so powerful.  And that song... a favorite.  Of course just about anything by Jesus Culture is a favorite. ;)

I have been reading your redeemed posts and am so encouraged by your journey.  I am going to subscribe so I can see how your journey of relentless becomes even more beautiful.

So glad to meet you tonight on Crosspoint's online service.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Christy! Thank you so much for coming over! It was great to meet you at Crosspoint tonight too. I look forward to getting to know each other better.

Amy McCollister said... Best Blogger Tips

This song is one we've been doing in my church for about a month or so. Every time I hear it I am in tears, bawling at the wonderful, pursuit our Creator has with us. Relentless...this word has been on my heart all year. Love this! 

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh...I, too, love this song!  Love the connection that you have to it as well....I pray His love is SEEN relentless in your life even more this year!

Ms. Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this word RELENTLESS and it's meaning and I so agree with the Decade of Grace! This really made me so excited for you -- God has AMAZING things to share, show and teach you this year... Whoohooo! What a fabulous year! God go with you and your dear hubby in this adventure! 

Kristine McGuire said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes. An excellent word, and one I've used many times in 2011 to describe God's passionate love for us---relentless! Love this post. :D

Christy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful Lindsey! Love it.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Ms. Kathleen! I truly receive your words of blessing!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Really? It's awesome that you have written on relentless love last year.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Ms. Kathleen! I truly receive your words of blessing!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Christy!

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