Alice Bones

Goodness! It’s already been a month since the new year started. How many of you made New Year’s resolutions and have already slacked off? Statistics show that over 68% of the population make resolutions, but only 8% stick to them. Average date to break resolutions? January 12! How are you doing with yours?

I learned a long time ago that I am not disciplined enough to keep resolutions, so I don’ make any. Instead, each year I ask God to reveal a word or a phrase to me that I need to work on for the coming year, along with a scripture. Some of my recent past words have been “joy” and “hope”, to remind me to be joyful and hopeful. The verse for both of those words was Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Last year, my word for the year was “contentment” and the verse was Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need.” I was in great need of curbing my “want-itis.”

This year as I prayed for a word for 2020, God laid the phrase, “Be still” on my heart. The verse for this year is simply, “Be still and know that I am God….”, Psalm 46:10a. He has shown me that I need to take time with Him and just be still.

Do you have a word or phrase that God keeps prompting you with? Make it official and make that your word for this year. It’s a whole lot better than resolutions that you probably won’t keep. Write it on your bathroom mirror, put a sticky note on your refrigerator or your car’s dash. A friend of mine even writes it on her arm. I have a bracelet engraved with the word/ phrase. Whatever method works for you, keep the word or phrase and the verse close to your daily consciousness and see what God will do.

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