Thursday, 4 January 2018

My One Word for 2018 - ABIDE!

Most years I started with a list of New year's resolutions.  It is only when I started blogging nearly 7 years ago (What????  So long ago already?) I noticed bloggers (specifically Christian Women bloggers) were choosing ONE Word for the year.  One word to cling to, to look back on, to feed into, to grow through and use as a means of digging deeper into God's word.

So far, my words have been:
2017 - Consistency
2016 - Choice
2015 - Wisdom
2014 - Joy
2013 - Trust
2012 - Content

And so on...

Each year my One Word means something to me based on my current struggles, and what it is I want to achieve spiritually.  So, this year, after some soul-searching, I have chosen the word ABIDE.  I knew what sort of word I wanted but couldn't find the word that said it all, until I saw this word.  

Definition of ABIDE (according to Merriam-Webster)

Transitive verb:
  1. to bear patiently : tolerate - abide the noise around you
  2. to endure without yielding : withstand - abide the onrush of the enemy 
  3. to wait for : await - I will abide the coming of my lord. —Alfred Tennyson 
  4. to accept without objection  - will abide your decision 
Intransitive verb:
  1. to remain stable or fixed in a state - a love that abode with him all his days 
  2. to continue in a place : sojourn - will abide in the house of the Lord 
Noun — abide by
  1. to conform to - abide by the rules 
  2. to accept without objection : to acquiesce in - will abide by your decision 

That's quite a mouthful. Quite an attitude to develop and grow into!  And such is my goal.  I want to learn to ABIDE in the Lord, stand firm through all circumstances, trust that all is as the Word says and that the Lord will not fail me, despite my failures.  God says that He will never leave us nor forsake us!  I want to learn to ABIDE in God's Word, learn to trust it and rest in it more fully!  

John 15 v 5: "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."

I want to abide in Him, Christ, as He abides in me, and I will bear much fruit, for without Christ I am nothing.  

So, for 2018, my One Word is ABIDE!

What is yours?

God bless

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