Very, very observant blog followers may have noticed that I added a new Memorial Stone for 2010 a few days ago. I've been seeing tests and worksheets to help one chose the "right word for the year". It seems the purpose is to pick a word to motivate one's self or define one's self... My "word of the year" is a bit different. It's a personal memorial stone.
I don't pick it. It picks me, in a sense. In my quiet times, usually in the fall, I began to sense a word that will clue me in to a theme God is going to work in and through me during the upcoming year/season. Often these words don't "stop" at a new year....they linger... works such as holiness, grace, glory, wholehearted love, choosing joy, surrender, intimacy.....God has worked each concept into my life, and these words have truly served as memorial stones to that work. Sometimes I'm excited to begin to glimpse the word, i.e. "intimacy." Sometimes I think "really?" i.e. "surrender."
With all that said, I do have a word/stone for 2010. I can look back in my Life Journal and clearly pinpoint when God showed me my word for 2010. I was reading Ezekiel. It made LITTLE SENSE to me. The word is "watchman". It's not flashy. It's not current. It's not vibrant. I knew in October it was THE WORD for 2010 and I know it now. I sense that this path is going to call me out of my comfort zone. I can already see it beginning to work out in my life....as I was placed in regional leadership with PWOC - time to watch/guard/intercede...... As Mike deploys, I have his back. As we live in Japan and pray for God's heart for the nation. I sense that God is going to take the recent years of focus on surrender and intimacy and call me to now stand guard and do battle...though I'm not sure exactly what this means.
I share in Intimacy Revisited some of the lessons God has taught me in this year of Intimacy. This has been a wonderful year of beholding His face in ever growing intimacy and vulnerability. I've not had a lot of time to blog it, as I've spent lots more time than normal in study, prayer and meditation. I have a lot of "musing" blog posts in my Life Journal...maybe I'll take a retreat with my laptop and write and write and write some weekend. ::snort::
I have previously written about my Personal Memorial Stones.
I sense 2010 is the year that God is going to lead to a path of standing as a watchman. I'm sure to grab a concordance, do some word studies, find some books and eventually get a clearer grasp as to what this path means.
JOSIAH & JAMIN ARE HOME!
Living all of life before the face of God...