And how blessed all those in whom you live,
whose lives become roads you travel;
They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks,
discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and
at the last turn—Zion! God in full view! Psalm 84:5-7 Message
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This morning in my quiet time, I read Psalm 84. As I reflected back on this year, the above verses stood out to me. My One Word this year was inconvenience. At the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, I felt the Lord nudging me to pray for inconvenience.
I struggle to be patient. I struggle with waiting. I struggle with allowing God to interrupt my plans. As a result, I often miss opportunities to love and serve others.
Here are just a few of the thoughts I wrote about my One Word a year ago…
Inconvenience me, Lord. Those are some scary words to pray. It’s like praying for patience…Significant growth will be found when I hand my plans over to the Lord and allow Him to add and delete things as I go about my day….it is during the detours from the plan when the Lord seems to grow my heart the most.
As I look back, I feel as if God was using my One Word to prepare my heart for what was waiting down the road and around the corner.
Little did I know, that a month later my husband would learn his job would be coming to an end, he would start looking for another job, he would expand his search to Georgia, he would find a job an hour from his parents house, we would put our house on the market in NC, we would move into my brother-in-law’s basement for two months, we would find a house in Georgia. And in the midst of all this, my husband would have to say good-bye to his ailing mother who passed away shortly after we arrived in our new home state.
I still praise God that the inconveniences that took place this year brought us back to Georgia to be by mother-in-law’s bedside before she died. I love how the Lord is constantly at work and orchestrating interruptions for such a time as this.
Pray for inconvenience
My husband jokingly told me the other day as we reflected on all the “inconveniences” over the last 12 months that I needed to pray for the lottery in 2014. 😉
I’m still not sure what my One Word will be for 2014. While I do have an idea of what my focus will be this year, wrapping it up and settling on a single word has been a challenge. But, as always, I’ll keep you posted.
What about you? Do you choose One Word to focus on?