Blessings dear ones!
The holidays found me needing to have a Christmas pause in blogging (in laundry and housework in general!) as we have been painting doors and trim in the upper level of our house, picking up where we left off in January 2012 when prostate cancer barged its way into our lives.
2012 and 2013 for me, seemed to merge into one with no definition other than by events and even they blur in the flow of time.
Receive was my one word for 2013 (http://oneword365.com)
and it reminds me of my word for 2012 – ‘break bread’; two words I know, but it was what was on my heart. I never took the time last year to think about why the Lord had given me those words but now I can clearly see.
He knew the way ahead, the road I would walk and how the breaking of the bread would fortify me for the journey. He knew I would need to break bread with Him, to taste and see that indeed the Lord is good and to receive the fullness of Him in my heart and soul.
My heart was expectant and happy when I took a loaf of bread and broke bread with Jesus and made a decision to approach His Word the same way. I read it, thought about it, mulled it over, tasted it and found it to be good.
I hid His Word in my heart and I expected life to carry on being good and happy; only to have a niggling feeling early in January of 2012 that life was about to change.
Bruce had blood tests that made the Doctors want to explore further and two months of travelling, tests, file mix-ups and finally a biopsy. Our little dog Shadow tore his second knee ligament at the end of February, we had medical appointments to keep for Bruce, March 4th brought news of the suicide death of our son and finding out Bruce was positive for prostate cancer and a few weeks later my Mom died unexpectedly.
Not the kind of news that makes for a happy new year or a happy, light heart for that matter, but Jesus was inviting me to come and break bread with Him regardless of the circumstances. He was inviting me and drawing me into a place of deeper intimacy with Him.
Praise and thanksgiving pave the way for miracles. It is the breaking and partaking of the bread that prepares the heart to break into praise and worship with thanksgiving.
Without faltering or hesitating, He wanted me approaching each new trial with an attitude that aligned itself with the Word.
His Word would be the frame of our spoken words. In 2013, we received all we hoped for and more!
Over the Christmas break, when Bruce and I were having our devotions, the Lord highlighted a verse to me that excited my heart and I sensed it would be my verse for the year.
But I will encamp around My house
to guard it against marauding forces.
Never again will an oppressor overrun my people,
for now I am keeping watch. I will make you like a warrior’s sword.
Zechariah 9:8 & 13b
There is so much to meditate on in these verses in Zechariah, so many promises in the promise itself.
The One Word 2014 had not crossed my mind and after receiving the verse, I did not expect to also participate in the One Word 2014 http://oneword365.com and I even told a friend so!
I can see though how the verse and the word are working together. He is saying we are His house, the place where He dwells and His encampment around our house will be the definition of boundaries. Whatever comes our way will be because He allowed it.
Here are some definitions of definition from the dictionary: sharpness of sound -the degree of distinctiveness of a sound, used to emphasize that somebody or something is considered to have a particular intrinsic quality, it is related to the sharpness and degree of contrast in the image, a brief precise statement of what a word or expression means. It means demarcation, delineation and characterisation.
As I am painting trim, I sense my Lord saying,
“2014 is a year of Definition. In order to receive the fullness of My blessing, some areas in your lives need to have My footprint upon them. I want to walk with you in your hard places and define who you are in those times and places. As you yield to Me working in you, I will define your lives by My blessing and glory and the core of who you really are in Me will be . “
Have you considered what your One Word might be for the new year? I would love if you would use the comments section and encourage others with your word and what it means to you. Looking forward to reading your comments!
Defined by Grace,