To free from something that binds, fastens or holds back. To let go of.
New Year’s Resolutions have NEVER worked for me, but something I have started doing over the past few years is what I’ve come to call ONE WORD. It is where I focus on hearing from Him on what the theme of the upcoming year will be for me…just ONE WORD. Instead of chasing after a list of resolutions that lead me to feel frustrated as I continue to fall short on my ambitious plans because of my efforts to do ‘too much’!
Can I get an ‘Amen, sister’!?!?!?
By focusing on just ONE WORD I discover it gives me more clarity, passion and purpose for every area of my life. It brings me simplicity and focus. Helps me to cut through the distractions and keeps me focused on what really matters. I try to stretch this ONE WORD theme into every area of my life: spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally and even financially. Everyone’s ONE WORD is different as God is moving each of us through different seasons of life! This practice doesn’t have to begin at New Years…you can start it at anytime. Just spend some time seeking Him for where He is leading you. It is a process, not instant gratification, as He reveals to you your theme for the year!
This year, I feel that He keeps whispering ‘RELEASE’ into my heart. To be honest, I’m having a hard time embracing this one. For one that loves control, clings to routine…this is a hard one! Spiritually speaking, I feel as if He is gently requesting to release all I have found comfort and security in…letting it go, for His way! To let go of my ways, my thoughts, my plans, my comforts, my way as I know it…My heart is pounding, almost ripping through my chest as I know for me, this is going to take beyond a miracle! But since it is Him who gently requests, I know I am in better Hands than my own self!
“…let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us. Looking away (from all that will distract) to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith and is also its Finisher (bringing it to maturity and perfection). He, for the joy (of obtaining the prize) that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~Hebrews 12:1-2