Word Review

This year will be the tenth year I’ve chosen a “Word of the Year.”  This has meant so much to me; it’s been hugely impactful in my life every year.  I thought before announcing my new word I would give a review of all the previous ones.  It’s almost like God gave them to me in a sequential order, with each one building upon the previous one.  Often, I would see several of my words in a single passage (as you’ll see below).

2009 — Hold

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  –Hebrews 10:23

He is before all things; in Him all things hold together.  –Col. 1:17

2010 — Way

For the ways of the Lord are right.  –Hosea 14:9

You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of Your presence.  –Acts 2:28

2011 — Trust

Don’t let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, and trust also in me.  –John 14:1

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  –Hebrews 10:23-24

2012 – Refuge

In Thee O LORD, do I seek refuge; let me never be put to shame; in thy righteousness deliver me!  Incline thy ear to me, rescue me speedily!  Be thou a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!  –Psalm 31:1-2

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.  –Psalm 118:8-9

2013 – Journey

When our days there were ended, we departed and went on a journey.  –Acts Acts 21:4

The angel of the Lord came a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, or the journey will be too much for you.  –1 Kings 19:7

2014 – Presence

But now, by giving Himself completely at the cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in His presence.  –Colossians 1:22

Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.  If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your hand will lay hold of me. –Psalm 119:7-9

2015 – Pain

I know all about their pain.  And now I have come down to help them.  –Exodus 3:7-8

He took our suffering on Him and felt our pain for us.  –Isaiah 53:4

2016 – Worship

I was caught up at once in deep worship.  –Revelation 4:2

The best preparation for worship is not rehearsal, but surrender.  –A. W. Tozer

2017 – Cast

Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares about you.  –1 Peter 5:7

The twenty-four elders will fall down before Him, who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.  –Rev. 4:10-11

Truly these words have been a huge help to me in my life.  God speaks personally through words, images, messages, situations, difficulties.  It’s been really powerful to see each of these words work in my life.  The lessons from them have been progressive. I had to hold onto Him more deeply before I could understand His ways; then I was in a position to start trusting Him more once I understood Him better.  I found myself in a safe refuge of protection but the next thing you know, I was on a journey of more discovery.  I sought to be more aware of His presence, especially in times of emotional and physical pain.  The result was that I began to worship Him in all situations as I learned to cast all anxieties and concerns upon Him.  The next post will reveal my new word for 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cast Out

Here are more uses of my Word of the Year, cast:

And they came to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves…   Mark 11:15 [KJV]

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called.  And they called the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise, he callers thee.  And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.  –Mark 10:49-50 [KJV]

And they brought him [the donkey] to Jesus, and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.  –Luke 19:35 [KJV]

 

Boundless

It’s time for more quotes from my journal.  I love these thoughts about God–big, limitless, boundless.

The mercy of God is an ocean divine, a boundless and fathomless flood.  Launch out in the deep and cut away the shore line, and be lost in the mercy of God.  –A. B. Simpson

We misuse the words ‘boundless’ and ‘unlimited’ because the words ‘boundless,’ ‘unlimited,’ and ‘infinite’ all mean the same thing.  They are words to describe God.  In no way, shape or form do they describe man.  We have a limit to everything about us.  God, on the other hand, has no limits.  We are not using words carelessly when we say that God is boundless, limitless and infinite.  — A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 230

Bravo, God, Bravo!  Everyone join in the great shout:  Encore!  In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might.  — Psalm 96:7 (MSG)

 

Short Quotes

Here are some short quotes that are worth reading:

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.  He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. –William Cowper

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.  –Psalm 94:19  (NLT)

When the heart is full, it brims over in some outward act of devotion.  –F. B. Meyer

God’s people are always strongest when their lives are characterized by joy and singing.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 8/5

 

Patience

I came across this first quote just shortly before the eclipse.  It was a good one to think about while I was watching the total eclipse.

It was now about midday, but darkness came over the whole countryside until three in the afternoon, for there was an eclipse of the sun.  The veil in the Temple sanctuary was split in two.  Then Jesus gave a great cry and said, “Father, I commend my spirit into your hands.”  And with these words, he died.  –Luke 3:44-46 (PHI)

This quote was very special to me when I sprained my wrist in the bike accident.  I always knew God was taking care of me.

May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance.  –2 Thessalonians 3:5 (MSG)

I have done my share of waiting and being patient in various situations throughout my life.  I can tell you that good things are worth the wait.

Come and listen to the testimony of one who can speak from experience of the pure and blessed outcome of patient waiting upon God…The word patience is derived from the Latin word for suffering.  It suggests the thought of being under the constraint of some power from which we would gladly be free.  At first, we submit against our will.  Experience teaches us that when it is vain to resist, patient endurance is our wisest course.  In waiting on God, it is of infinite consequence that we do not submit only because we are compelled to but because we lovingly and joyfully consent to be in the hands of our blessed Father.  Patience then becomes our highest blessedness and our highest grace.  It honors God, and gives Him time to have His way with us.  It is the highest expression of our faith in His goodness and faithfulness.  It brings the soul perfect rest in the assurance that God is carrying on His work.  It is the token of our full consent that God should deal with us in such a way and time as He thinks best.  True patience is the losing of our self-will in His perfect will…O soul, do not be impatient, whether it is in the exercise of prayer and worship that you find it difficult to wait; in the delay of definite requests or in the fulfillment of your heart’s desire for the revelation of God Himself in a deeper spiritual life!  –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 55-58

 

Guardians

It’s interesting to think about guardian angels all around us.  Here are some quotes from my journals about those guardians, along with some other great quotes:

Onward, Christian, though the region where you are is dark and long; God has set a guardian legion very near you, so press on.  — Samuel Johnson

Seeing we are so dear to God, these angels take this charge upon them with all their hearts, and omit nothing in their duty from our birth to the end of our life.  –Henry Lawrence

Jesus replied, “What men find impossible is perfectly possible with God.”  –Luke 18:27 (PHI)

It is the heart that puts distance between God and us.  –A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 216

There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of God; A place where sin cannot molest, Near to the heart of God.  –Cleland McAfee

 

 

Buckets

Here are the final quotes this week.  Aren’t they great?

God fills heaven and earth, just as the ocean fills a bucket that has been submerged a mile down.  The bucket is full of the ocean, but the ocean surrounds the bucket in all directions.  So when God says, “I fill heaven and earth,” He does, and heaven and earth is submerged in God as well.  He further says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain God.  You see, God is not contained; God contains, and there is a difference.  In Him, we live and move and have our being.  We have this habit of trying to put God into our life.  We have our own boundaries, and we think God should fit into them.  That is contrary to the very nature of God.  Nobody can control God; and therefore, God does not do the bidding of any person.  God is busy performing His purpose and will.  –A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 207

Regarding Exodus 17:8-13:

Whenever Moses raised his staff, the Israelite army succeeded.  Whenever he lowered it they started losing.  Moses’ arms grew too tired to hold the staff, however, so Aaron and another man held his arms steady.  In the original Hebrew, the word for “steady” in that story is the same word that appears in Psalm 89:8 as “faithfulness.”  This word also appears as “faith” in Habakkuk 2:4, where the prophet denounces the proud people of his day:  “They trust in themselves and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.”  This psalm recognizes that faithfulness is at the very core of God’s character.  And it’s not just that he will try to do what he promises–he is mighty enough to do it.  His arms are strong enough by themselves; the doesn’t need helpers to hold them up!  The psalmist tosses around other characteristics of the Lord:  righteousness and justice, unfailing love and truth.  All of this combines to paint a portrait of a God you can count on–even when everything else in your life seems to be falling apart.  As we steadily trust in God’s steadiness and faithfulness, we find life, even when the powers of death surround us.  He holds us up in his mighty arms and he will not let us down.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/15