The first time I heard of adopting a ‘word of the year’ was through ‘The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey’ (a podcast). I was not convinced that this was something I was ever going to do. At the time, five or six years ago, I was not a goal setter, list maker, or planner (if you get the picture..lol). If you are going to adopt a word for a whole year, this probably means that you need to work towards some goals in life. So I did not go and take the ‘word of the year’ test.
As Instagram became more popular, I started to follow all these podcasters, writer, and artists in my Instagram feed. And…Guess what popped up again?
Yep, what’s your word for 2018?
Finally, I broke down and took the test.
My word for 2018 was joy. It was one of the hardest years to live through. I had to quit my job to move back to the DFW area. Back to job hunting again…I could still not afford to live on my own. My gracious parents let me live at home. Bottom line, this is not the life that I would have ever pictured for myself.
(If you can relate to what I just shared above, I encourage you to do a deep dive chapter study into Jeremiah 29. As you are studying ask the four question – When? Where? Who? Why?)
2018 was filled with disappointments and heartbreak. It was also filled with lots of joy. I discovered that joy is more than a happy mood. It is a choice to trust that God will fulfill his promises. Y’all it took me the whole entire year of 2018 to learn this truth.
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To be continued…