My word for 2018 is Expectation. I have been choosing a word every year since 2011. I always start by asking God what He would like me to focus on for the year. It has aided in the process to transform my life. My desire is to become the person God created me to be. Having a word to focus on helps me in becoming that person. It’s like setting a goal for yourself but instead of having a new year’s resolution I make my word about changing from the inside out.

The scripture that I chose to support my word this year is: “My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is
from Him.” Psalm 62:5

The expectation of what? There are many things you can have an expectation for. That word can have two different suggestions. It can be used in either the positive or negative. Expecting something with an attitude of being owed or deserving of or an expectation with anticipation of gaining something that you desire or need.

What do I have the expectation of? I want to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. I want my trust in God to be steadfast and unwavering. Being transformed from the inside out takes place through the intimacy of our relationship with God. The more we seek Him, the more our lives change. Our mindset, perspective, and hearts change. The benefits of seeking God and knowing Him more leads to a changed life. God heals our brokenness. I have found that to be true for me. When I really started to pursue a greater relationship with my Lord, I found that my heart and mind began to heal. I truly believe that healing takes place in the intimacy of our relationship with the Lord. It is in His presence that we find peace. I’m not saying that we don’t need counseling at times in our lives to help get us through some of the wounding that took place in our past or to help navigate through life’s difficulties.  A godly counselor can help in the process. We need both. God needs and should be involved in the counseling process for total healing to take place. He is our ultimate healer.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Psalms 147:3

You know that old saying, “you reap what you sow” it is true. When you sow something you will produce something. When you sow into your relationship with God, you reap a better relationship with Him. If we expect to have a great relationship with God, we have to purpose to make time for God. It doesn’t just happen. God will not force any of us to meet with Him. He waits for us to want to spend time with Him. He created us for relationship.

What are you sowing into? I know that if you sow into your relationship with God, you won’t be disappointed. He will be your salvation. He will be your peace. He is your healer. Expect that when you sow into your relationship with God you will receive more than what you’ve sowed. We can never out give God. He’s already given us His Son!

Sow into and reap the bounty of benefits from an intimate relationship with the Lord. “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:6‬

Have the expectation of being transformed from the inside out! What’s your word?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”
Romans 15:13