The Power of One

Blog – 1-9-20
 
 
Welcome to 2020! I hope your new year is off to a great start!
 
For the last five years or so, I have chosen a word for the year. In 2019, my word was “unfailing love.” Okay, I know it’s actually two words, but you get the idea!
 
I spend time in prayer coming up with the word. I usually feel God’s prompting, and then I sit with it for a bit to make sure I’m hearing Him correctly.
 
My theme verse to go along with my word was from the Psalms:
 
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you. 

Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
Psalm 143:8 (NIV)
 
I typed my word and my verse on a piece of paper, along with my goals for the year, and used that sheet as my page marker in my Bible. I try to start every single day in the Psalms, so I put my paper there. 
 
As I reflected on that word and read my verse throughout the year, the truth that God loves me no matter what sunk deeper and deeper into my spirit. Some days I read those words with confidence and hope for the future. Other days I read them in the midst of feelings of hopelessness and despair. Some days, to be honest, I questioned whether they were true for me. I believed it for others, but it’s harder to believe God’s truth for ourselves sometimes. 
 
As I focused on that one idea throughout the year, it enabled me to grow in an area I have struggled with most of my life. As a performer, I have literally been “performing” and trying to please others ever since I can remember, believing I had to perform well in order to deserve and receive love. Whether I was literally performing on a stage or just living out my life, this mindset has led me down a grueling path of perfectionism and striving and an insatiable need to please others.
 
Can you relate, my friend?
 
Reading and reflecting on that word and the bible verse over and over again, intently focusing on that one thing for an entire year, enabled me to break many of the chains that have kept me bound. I enter 2020 with my confidence renewed because I finally understand and truly believe that His love is never-ending, and it’s for me! And the life-changing truth is it is not based on what I do and how I perform for Him. His love is based on who He is, and He is perfect, unfailing love!
 
This has gotten me excited and revved up about the power of one. One idea, one word, one thought that breaks strongholds in our lives. Keeping it simple helps clear the clutter and helps us focus on those areas where God wants us to grow.
 
I encourage you, my friend, to trust the power of one. If you haven’t done so already, pray about what that one word might be for you this year. 
 
If you’ve already landed on one, I would love to hear what it is so I can pray for you. Please hit reply to this email and let me know what your word is.
 
And by the way, for 2020 my word is breakthrough. I’m excited to see what God teaches me about that in the coming months.
 
If you’re not into finding a word for the year, let me encourage you in another way. Instead of making ten New Year’s resolutions that you will never keep, just make one! Pick one area of your life that you want to grow in and focus on that single area of your hurried, busy life. Trying to change everything all at once never works. Trust me, I’ve tried!
 
Be brave, ask God for guidance, and discover for yourself the power of one!
 
Hugs and love,
 
Jill

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