Every year, for several years, I have forgone New Year's Resolutions (because seriously, by January 5th I've already failed) and picked one word to help me focus on throughout the year. It's the only 'resolution' that's worked for me.
Last year the word I chose was the word blessed. By January 23rd I didn't know how, after losing Mikail, I could ever feel blessed. Why would God lead me to such a word? How can one feel blessed after the unexpected loss of your oldest child? I quickly learned that there were blessings in the small things and every day I would look for something or someone that blessed me and by the end of 2015 I knew that even though life is hard, really hard, we are truly blessed.
For 2016 I thought about keeping on with the word Blessed, or choosing a word such as faith or joy, but after much thought and prayer I've decided that my one word for 2016 is the word hope. Why hope? Here's why:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
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.
As for me, I will always have hope...
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.
I could go on and on, there are so many pieces of scripture that shout out to me when it comes to this thing I hang onto, this thing called hope. Even poetry eloquently speaks of hope.
The verse that I am plastering all over our house this year? (I have a feeling I am going to become anchor obsessed)
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary.