I choose my word for the year by looking back over the previous year and recalling the ways God was at work in my life. I think about the blessings and the trials of the year, and I review the passages of Scripture that were most precious to me during those times.
As I mentioned in my post about the greatest blessing of last year (and the decade), I have been so impacted by the fact that the people God used were full of the knowledge of God and of His Word. I thought about continuing my word from last year – communicate – which focused on that same idea of communicating God’s Words and not my own opinion.
I decided to back up and dig a little deeper into that concept after reflecting on the questions of “what do I want to do more of this year?” and “what do I want to do less of this year?” Here it is.
Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:5-8, 13, 23
All of that led me to this year’s word – LISTEN.
I start my day by listening to the passages in my Bible in a Year plan along with the Proverb for the day, but there are lots of other times I want to be more intentional about what I’m listening to. Now that I’m settled into a good routine with my household duties, the weekly schedule I keep for blogging and my work week routine, I don’t want to go into autopilot and do things on my own. I want to listen to God’s Word so that I can speak accurately about Him.
That also means I’m taking small steps like choosing a few books to read during my lunch break and queuing up new podcasts for listening during my daily commute. I know that today’s choices determine tomorrow’s consequences.
I want to intentionally turn my volume down and turn wisdom’s volume up so that it’s the one I’m hearing each day. The thing about choosing a word for the year is that it’s just a guide – it’s not a set of rules or resolutions that I have to follow. I’m excited to see where it takes me and how the Lord uses this word in my life as He steps into my circumstances for His glory.
Have you chosen a word of the year? I would love to hear what it is!
12 thoughts on “My Word For 2020”
So many “other volumes” to turn down – but how God can instruct us and bless us if we are willing to do so!
I am looking forward to the new volume level, for sure! 🙂
You know I’m a fan! Listen was my word for 2019 and it was a good one for me. My plan for the year was a little different than yours, but there are a lot of commonalities. Good luck turning your volume down and wisdom’s volume up this year 🙂
I love that we’ve been on similar WOTY tracks! ❤
I think we can all do more listening. I know I am prone to forming my opinion about something before the person has finished talking. That is a bad habit. I am trying to work on that. I am also still learning to listen to that still small voice of God when he is urging me to do something for someone. I have missed many blessings in the past because I did not do this. Happy New Year Whitney. I always enjoy reading your blog!!
Thank you, Arlene! I’m truly grateful that you take time to read my posts! ❤
I love this word! Sometimes listening is the most important thing we can do.
The more I study Proverbs, I’m reminded that fewer words coming out of my mouth is always better! 🙂
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My word for the year is ‘forgiveness’. I tend to be very judgmental. That only engenders mental and physical toxicity. So I will work on being more forgiving of my own perceived inadequacies and to reduce my negative judgments about other people (except politicians!).
That’s a great one!
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