For many years now I have had a word I took into the coming year that I felt was from God. Some years I wasn’t sure what it was until I looked back on the year. Other years I felt God give it to me before the new year started.
This past year I have been told I am stronger than I think but so many friends who know me well. Even when I thought I was failing they would urge me to keep going reminding me yet again.
The last several weeks I have felt the word strong but it wasn’t quite right. Something was missing. I knew deep inside me there was more than just “strong .”
The more I thought and prayed I felt like God was saying be strong and courageous. I looked up many verses with strong and courageous or variations of one word or the other.
It is no secrect I struggle with mental illness of anxiety and depression. I feel weak all the time. I am so grateful that God is there in the midst of the storms to calm me and tell me not to be afraid.
To realize I am listed with so many others who were told not to be afraid like Adam, Eve, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Mary, Joseph, the Shepards, the Disciples and the list goes on. And all of these are people I see and hear about who I think about as great heroes of the Bible. Yet really they were afraid and anxious like me. They needed the same reminder as I do to take heart and be courageous through faith in Christ who gives me His strength.
My words to help focus 2019 are Strong and Courageous.
What is your word or focus for 2019?