My Word for 2018: Hope

Remember when I blogged about hope being greater than fear and how “fearless” was my word for 2017? (If not, read about it here.) Well, I am once again choosing a word to focus on for the year as opposed to a resolution thanks to Pastor Doug.  Because let’s be honest.  About 99.9% of resolutions are forgotten about and not achieved.

My word for 2018 is “hope”.

How do I choose a word for the year?  I pray about it.  I ask God to bring a word to my mind that will be my focus for the year.

If you recall from my post about Holidays and Loss, it may be easy to, at times, feel hopeless.  This is because our hopelessness stems from a desire for earthly treasures; wealth, companionship, the latest gadgets, and fulfillment of what WE think we need and when we need it.

“God [however] is called ‘the God of Hope.’ This means He is the source of all real hope. If we are going to have hope (confident expectation), it must come from Him for He alone has the power to give it.”

In my times of sorrow, I’ve said, “It hurts to hope.”  This is because my eyes have not been firmly focused on God.  I foolishly have expected God to bring me the desires of my heart according to my timeline and plans without realizing that “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”  Proverbs 19:21

So, friends, this is the year of hope for God is called “the God of hope”. “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

What’s your word for the year?  Can’t choose only one word?  That’s okay.  You can be like my friend Kate and choose three.  Comment below with your word(s).

Until next time,


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  1. 2017 was the first time I discovered a word of the year. I loved the practice, and am excited about the word that revealed itself to me this year: “sow.” This year, I want to focus on the inputs; the little things that will make good and make change in the future. With each action, in training, at work and in relationships, I am asking myself, “what are you sowing?” Happy New Year! xoxoxo

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