A man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24
I’ve long since given up making New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I use this time to allow God to redirect my steps onto the path He has for me. I’d like to take today to share how I go about that.
I began this process in 1996 when, at the urging of several godly friends, I began asking God for a verse to guide my steps during the coming year. He faithfully supplied that first verse and has done so every year since.
I’ve loved the practice of searching out His will, and it’s become a sweet time of fellowship as I listen for His voice. Then, in 2012, a new friend suggested I also ask Him to supply a single word for the coming year. (Thank you, Beth Vogt.) I did, and again the process added depth to my relationship with God.
This year I began the process, as usual, in early November. The verse you see above is the one God gave me. When I began searching God’s heart for the single word He had for me, it became a more involved process than in previous years.
At first I thought the word would be freedom. Because I had allowed myself to become chained to the expectations of others. But as I meditated on this, I realized God had more to say to me about the bondage I was experiencing. He showed me that I was actually allowing myself to be defined by what others thought I should be. He reminded me that He wanted to be the One who defined me.
It was a prospect that filled me with peace and freedom.
Today I invite you to join me. Ask God for a verse and for a word to illustrate your upcoming year. You’ll be blessed by the process and by His answer. If you already have your word and/or verse, share them in the comment section below.