Wednesday, January 2, 2013

One Word :: Rearview Reflection and Dreaming into 2013

After I told my sister my one word for the year at the beginning of 2012, she later confessed that she asked God, "Really Lord? Isn't Lindsey relentless enough already?"

I have laughed over and over and over about that thought.

And I realized how true it is. I have a RATHER persistent personality....usually enticing people into my ideas and passions with contagious excitement.


I have long been aware that there is a fine line between influence and manipulation. I try hard to keep that line really OBVIOUS to myself. No one HATES being manipulated more than me so I do not want to be the one to inflict that yucky-ness on others.

But that relentless nature in my 90%-fight-over-10%-flight reaction in my being took a beating in the struggles of the past 3-4 years.  So when I wrote about Relentless on January 5 of last year...I knew that God wanted to show Himself relentless in my life. I truly did get that.

.....the depth to which He has plumbed, I honestly do not know if I have the words to adequately explain because it has been so vast and thorough and well...amazing...

Let me try....

I feel more aware of the fact that He is Relentless FOR me, IN me, THROUGH me, IN SPITE of me. His grace to see me through every circumstance, to let me be still while He fights for me....well...there is no other way to say it than...I needed that. I needed to have a rescuer. I needed to learn how to LET Him be that. I needed the white knight. And He met me where I was at.

I will probably always be learning how to let go, to let Him, to be, to stop doing all the time, but this past year was an amazing kickstart.

My word for this year came to me in a whirlwind of a surprise, and yet slowly as it has seeped into my heart, I see the way God is weaving the tapestry together in this decade of grace. Arno {the hubs} even commented on the connection...

2010 - The Year of Grace
2011 - The Year of the Redeemed
2012 - The Relentless Year

And now.....

Taking this extrovert to a place of quiet and even loneliness, showing me who He is AND who He is IN me. This word both scares and excites me, like one's one word should I think.  Like every big launching pad moment, the knowledge that change is coming has me simultaneously shaking in my boots and shouting Hallelujah in the deepest recesses of my soul.

Like "Be STILL and know that I am God...." and "I am STILL in control, my child..."

Yeah. Like I said. Shaking and shouting.
All at the same time.

So of course Psalm 46:10 will not stop persisting in my head.
I looked it up and discovered some interesting perspectives in various versions that got me just a wee bit more excited!

New International Version (©1984) "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." 
New Living Translation (©2007) "Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world."  
New American Standard Bible (©1995) "Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."  
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009) Stop your fighting--and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth." 

International Standard Version (©2012) Be in awe and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted throughout the earth.  
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010) Return and know that I AM GOD. I am exalted among the nations and I am exalted in the Earth. 

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995) Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth. 
Okay, if you are STILL here, and I haven't lost you in my comparing-versions-geek-fest, well, YAY! And I will share more as the year progresses...

Now.........I would love to hear YOUR one word {or link to your blog post about it if applicable}, if you have chosen one or even one of your goals for this year. I think sharing our plans/goals/dreams, while scary, gives us, not only accountability, but also stirs excitement in our bones...makes it real!

So c'mon...get real WITH me...yeah?

Happy New Year, friends!
This is a special one, eh?


Lisa Larson said... Best Blogger Tips

Lindsey, I love how you said..."Like every big launching pad moment, the knowledge that change is coming
has me simultaneously shaking in my boots and shouting Hallelujah in
the deepest recesses of my soul." THAT is SO true! Thank you for this inspiring post. Loved it!

Annie Barnett said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this, friend. So much goodness. I am excited to see this year unfold, and love this word - and the heart behind it - so much.

Diana Denis said... Best Blogger Tips

My life verse = your one word! So excited about your word for this year. I KNOW how this word wrecked me, stripped me and give me hope. Praying for you as you journey to this new place in your walk with Him! Miss you girl! <3

Ms. Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

I love, love, love it! The boot shaking where is God taken me on the amazing JOURNEY OF STILLNESS! Ya, I get it. My word is GLORY! I'm still wondering, shaking, - but want more of "whatever" Glory TRULY is. ... It is going to be an EXCITING YEAR! - the 2nd post :)

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! That is beautiful....seeing His glory...letting His glory shine THROUGH's all about His glory! I love it!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! That is exciting....and scary! I love that God has shown you that for your life story! Thank you for your encouragement!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, friend....and for your part in the bringing me to this One Word. Love you!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

It IS, right? That funny dichotomy that is life! Thank you so much for your encouragement!

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