Word for the New Year

How will Jesus reveal His greatness to you in 2020?


Hands open in prayer for the upcoming New Year.

“No, do not be afraid of those nations, for the Lord your God is among you, and he is a great and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 7:21 (NLT)

At the beginning of each year, I ask Jesus to give me a specific word on which to focus for the next twelve months.

One year He gave me “joy.” Apparently He knew I’d need it because less than two weeks later I ruptured an Achilles tendon. Nine days after that, I suffered a knee injury on the opposite leg and thus lost mobility for three months. Shingles hit me two weeks after I started walking again. Later that year, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Learning to choose joy despite difficulties was a lifesaver for me.

Last year He gave me “deeper.” He used a difficult family relationship to peel me like a human onion, but the experience—albeit more painful than I could have imagined—catapulted me into a more intimate walk with Him.

This year’s word is “great.” I have no idea how Jesus will use it to accomplish His purposes in and through my life, but I anticipate good things—not necessarily easy, but rich in life lessons.

Spiritual writer and pastor Jack Hayford said, “We have a great Savior. Therefore, we are encouraged to expect great victories, knowing that great battles are necessary for conquest, but confident because He is leading us.” I posted this quote on my fridge where I’ll see it often. It fills me with hope and courage for whatever the next twelve months hold.

FAITH STEP: Write Pastor Hayford’s quote on a recipe card and post it on your fridge. Ask Jesus to reveal His greatness to you and to your loved ones.

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