future oneword2016

I don’t do a lot of Facebook quizzes. Well, actually, if I’m being truthful, I probably do more than I post the results for. But a couple of weeks ago, one caught my eye. It was to help  you choose your one word for the new year.

It caught my eye because that’s something I already do. I love the idea of focusing on a word and seeing how God moves through that word into my life throughout the year. In 2014, my word was miracle. And in 2015, it was presence. So I had already been thinking and praying about my word for 2016 and looking for the confirmations that God would give me.

So this test came across my Facebook newsfeed and I thought, why not? Just for fun, let’s give it a whirl! And there it was…as soon as the test finished and gave me the word, I knew it was more than a coincidence (which I don’t believe in anyway!).

Looking for yet one last confirmation, I turned to scripture. It’s always the best place to find confirmation anyway. Clicking on BibleGateway, I searched for the word. Evidently the last time I had searched on BibleGateway, I had clicked on NLT for the version and that option was still checked because here is the verse that came up…

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:35 NLT

Honestly, I just had to laugh out loud. Because there couldn’t be a better word for me in 2016 than future. For so many reasons.

For my job. God, I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that you know. I’ll trust you to do the best.

For my family. God, you already know where the Army will send them next. Help us embrace your plans.

For my schooling. God, I must have been crazy to take this on but I know you brought me to it for a reason. Stretch my capacity to learn.

For my Compassion kids. God, even in the places where the future looks bleak, You are there. Help me love them more this year, as you continue to provide for them.

I’m not a person who generally lives in fear. I knew someone once who lived life with a great big warning sticker on everything. It nearly drove me crazy. But worry and anxiety and not being able to let things go can easily and quickly fall into fear. And I don’t want to live there.

I want to be clothed with strength and dignity. I want to be able to laugh without fear of the future. To know and believe and live in the trust that God knows the future. And He is laughing right alongside me. 


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Holly Barrett

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