Monday, January 07, 2013

is it too late to choose a word for the year?

that's a silly question.

i've never chosen a 'word for the year'.
wasn't even on the mission to choose one this year.

i've always loved reading about what others have chosen for their word.
brave, wonder and behold are my favorites from friends so far. is it rude to pick faves?
it's enriching to see where others are in their walk; what their desires and dreams are.
so beautiful and inspiring to me.

the beauty of choosing one word is just that. it's one thing.
one goal/dream/theme for the next 365 days.
some choose to tack it atop an ambitious list of resolutions, and hey, that's cool.
no real 'resolutions' for me this year though.
i just want go into this with god. and i want to grow.

as the new year swooped in, i thought,
"should i choose a word? how on earth does one do such a thing?" 
and that was that. days into my shiny hopeful 2013, i'd forgotten about the word thing.
but the lord literally woke me up in the night on saturday and shared one with me.
well, maybe it was all the extra water i've been drinking?
either way, it was the spirit who grabbed my groggy attention, and awakened me to some truth.

my favorite four year old stumbled into our bed around this same time. 
i chose to let him stay there, and praise jesus he fell quickly to sleep.
nestled beside me, with his wild and free hair scratching my face.
elijah didn't have a care in the world. he was comfortable and safe.
he wanted to rest. so he just did it.

myself, on the other hand...i was wide awake.
i just squeezed my eyes shut tightly, in hopes of finding rest.
my mind was brimming with thoughts. good things, better things, and many hard things.

so i grabbed my phone, turned my screen brightness on super low, and opened up my bible app.
i prayed as i clicked through to the psalms,
lord, help me relax and sleep. help me to just trust you, for crying out loud!
the bible loaded, and was right where i'd left off. i had psalm 46 open earlier in the day,
to copy some encouragement down for a friend. and now? it was my turn, i guess.
the words of verse five are highlighted in aqua, i've read the verse a hundred times at least.
that first part, it leapt from the screen and soothed my busy mind. a breath of fresh air.

this familiar verse was brand new to me at 2am that night.
the lord spoke to my heart, clearly and graciously reminding me 
you. are. secure. trust me.

i switched quickly from my late night smartphone bible study to the dictionary app.
i wanted to see what this word was really all about.

by the grace of god, i am in his safe keeping. i can be free from cares.
he bears them. i am choosing to be intentional about giving them over.
trading my anxiety for rest. for security in christ.
also? i want to be a security for others. dependable and reliable. honest and full of unwavering love.

before i knew it, i was recalling scriptures that tell me this truth. i am secure.

my new life in him.
he drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
psalm 40:2

i'm never too far down that his love can't get beneath me.
now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, 
grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, 
grace also might reign through righteousness 
leading to eternal life through jesus christ our lord.
romans 5:20-21

he is in this with me. he is my help with each new day.
god is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
god will help her when morning dawns.
psalm 46:5

there is hope.
but our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a savior, the lord jesus christ, 
who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, 
by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
philippians 3:20-21

he keeps me from harm.
so we can confidently say, 'the lord is my helper;
i will not fear; what can man do to me?'
hebrews 13:6

he steadies my heart, freeing me from fear and worry.
he is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the lord.
psalm 112:7

i'm now looking forward to learning/re-learning these verses and more on this subject of 'secure'.
i'll be sure to share with you along the way!

so, y'all. tell me, did you choose a word?
it's not too late.


  1. Well Hannah, if its ok to have faves than yours is mine. I think we all could adopt this as our own. So good. And you aren't too late... Because I'm still praying about mine. :)

    1. thanks, kaylee! looking forward to what word comes your way. love you! xo

  2. Thank you for this, it was just what I needed to hear. I haven't chosen a word yet, but this post leaves me pondering all the possibilities!

  3. That's kin of how my word came about too. Mine is complete. I was to totally believe that I am complete in Christ!

    Here's my explanation ..

    Love the word secure and especially your verse!

    1. great word, laura!
      looking forward to what lessons he has for us in these words this year! xo

  4. I like it. I'm not a "word for the year" kinda person but I always enjoy reading those other's have chosen. Can't wait to hear more from you as you unravel your word!

    1. kelly. this made me laugh. i am not one of these people either?!
      what is happening. new things.

      love you!

  5. God is so good to minister to us in our darkest hour, right? (Literally, sometimes, in the middle of the night!) Thanks for sharing. I look forward to hearing more about your journey.

  6. mine is intentional. its so funny that you wrote that in your blog. i love how God will keep reaffirming what He wants to teach you, even if its just a blog that you read. He is awesome like that. thank you.

    1. yes, he is in the business of connection and affirmation! xo

  7. So good Hannah. I love how God revealed this promise to you. You ARE secure. Eternally, and otherwise.
    I love the last part of the definition "without anxiety".

    I think I love everyone choosing words, because in the end, seeing them everywhere, means we get to kind of have ALL THE WORDS. :)

    1. word.
      and i love how you said that we have all the words this way.

  8. Really good Hannah girl. I am posting about mine on Wednesday so you are two days ahead of me. ;) I think every woman can use a refresher course on security & what it means. I am constantly insecure about my self, my parenting, looks, friendships, talents, & relationship with The Lord. I have a feeling you being challenged in this will challenge me too.

    1. yes yes, katy.
      looking forward to your sharing!
      i love ya.

  9. ooohhhh. so good. i love your heart and your thoughts and your every word. i'm slow to jump on board, for much of the same reasons as you were. but i'm praying through it and i think i landed on something, we'll see. you are so right though - one thing to focus on. i need that in this loud and busy and messy world.

    1. glory to god.
      and yes, finding focus in this life can be so tricky. praying this helps a bit :)


  10. ah, that is a gorgeous, God-given word. praying this captures your year exactly--one of joy and refinement and growth, absolutely secure in His love and presence. love you.

    ps so much funny with the 'maybe it was the water' part :)

    1. yes, amen!
      thanks, nic.
      and i mean, the water part? it's funnier right now, than say, 2am.


  11. Well I didn't officially pick a word. Because I don't like to be official. But mine is simplify. Getting rid of those things that pull my attention away from Christ. The things I use to just fill my time. These verses are perfection, thanks for the reminders. xoxo

  12. Oh I love this word - beautiful! :)

  13. Just found your blog via Wynne Elder's. Love this idea. I wanted to choose one, but thought I had missed the boat. You have inspired me to go ahead and do it anyway. Hmm. I'll have to think on that.

    1. thanks so much for stopping by, nice to 'meet' you!
      and go ahead, girl. never too late!

  14. Our hope (my 2013 word) and security is found in Christ alone. Love your post! Thanks so much for sharing your word - inspired by the Word : )

  15. Beautiful word and verse. My word is silence. Gulp. I don't really know where God is going with this one and honestly I'm praying that it's just for January. It's a scary word, but it didn't come from me. God is up to something!

    1. why is silence so scary? it is for me too!!
      can't wait to see the lord work in you! xo

  16. "this familiar verse was brand new to me"

    I LOVE when that happens.
    And I loved this whole post too Hannah.

    1. amen, laura! he is good like that.
      alive word.
      love you xo