I decided that this new year needed a word focus. This is my first time doing this for myself personally. I’ve done it before with a group of people, but I wanted to give myself a challenging goal to stretch myself and push myself deeper into the arms of the Creator. So deciding on a word to help define this year was a way of doing that – and I’ll be honest, it wasn’t hard. I didn’t take myself off on a five day hiking trip, camp in some mountainous range; sleeping under the stars while living off the land – just me and God, roughing it. I didn’t shut all the blinds, turn off all the appliances and unplug all my communications to the outside world. I didn’t fast from fructose, dairy (though I’m doing that one for health reasons anyway…so does that count, actually?) and glutinous snack foods. I was simply reading a blog online by another Christian woman who had chosen a word for her new year too and it stood out to me as one way of challenging myself in my journey with Jesus.
Next came physically choosing this word…which I thought might be tougher seeing as the English language consists of approximately 1,013,913 words…where to start?! I guess you could probably cut out words like ‘toilet’, ‘elephant’ and ‘folklore’ – but then I guess who’s to say those words don’t mean something far more profound to you then they do to me, right?
Anyway – one thing I definitely knew about 2014 was that I wanted to saturate myself way more in Jesus. I wanted to know Him much better than I ever have before. I knew I wanted to get more into the Word, into my prayer life, into ministry, into fellowship and into quiet times just with Him. So how did I sum all that up in just 1 out of 1,013,913 English
Le dictionary says: crave – great or eager desire; yearning.
It also says: to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly.
…to require; need.
…to ask earnestly for (something).
‘Crave’ basically sums up everything I want to do this year in terms of furthering my faith in the One who made me. So after I’d settled on this word, I searched for a few verses – 5 to be exact – that demonstrated this word (or a synonym thereof). These will be my go-to verses, my reminders, my points of reference as I seek to delve deeper into my relationship with God.
I have no doubt I’ll fail at some point over the course of this year – probably several points, really. It won’t be easy because I’ll get tired, I’ll get frustrated; there’ll be busy times and I’ll probably be sick on occasion too. But that’s why the verses are anchors for this goal of mine. They can draw me back to what I want to achieve and more importantly, draw me away from myself and closer to Him who strengthens me and lifts me up with His right hand.
Very keen to see where this word for the year might head…!
-> Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness—they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
-> My soul aches from craving Your wise rulings day and night. Psalm 119:20
-> At night I long for You with all that is in Me. When morning comes, I seek You with all my heart. Isaiah 26:9a
-> O True God, You are my God, the One whom I trust. I seek You with every fiber of my being. In this dry and weary land with no water in sight, my soul is dry and longs for You. My body aches for You, for Your presence. Psalm 63:1
-> Jesus: I am the bread that gives life. If you come to My table and eat, you will never go hungry. Believe in Me, and you will never go thirsty. John 6:35