Thursday, January 24, 2013

my word for 2013

For the past three weeks, I've been praying earnestly for God to show me what He wants my "word of the year" to be. A word, inspired by Him, to be my focus for 2013. (You can read about my words for 2011 and 2012 here and here.) And yesterday, I finally heard from Him about it. I was making some custom orders in my "studio" (aka my dining room), and I knelt down to pick up something I dropped on the floor. As I knelt down and touched the ground, He spoke directly into my heart. And He called me a name. Three little words that pierced straight into my heart.

Daughter of God.

I knew in that instant that was my word. That was my direction for this year. That was what He wanted me to meditate on and fully live in every single day.

(By the way, as I am typing this, I am getting the chills. God is so speaking to my heart right now! And I love Him so much for that.)

I'll share a little bit of what I wrote in my journal last night

I am a 


"Bat Abba" (in Hebrew)

daughter of the Father
                Abba Father
                Daddy God

That is my identity.
That is my reality.
That is the truth.

I am valued.
I am loved. 
I am treasured.
I am taken care of.

2012 was a tough tough year for me. And from what I've heard, it was a really hard year for a lot of other people too. We all go through tough times. We all experience heartache, rejection, trials, loneliness, and sometimes have a hard time pressing into (and not running away from) God during those hard times. I confess that I haven't always dealt with the blows of life in a faith-filled way. In fact, it's often quite the opposite - fear-filled.

But something God is gently, ever so gently, showing me is that He truly is my Heavenly Father. He wants to show me that facet of His nature this year. And, with all of my heart, I want Him to show that to me. I want to trust Him, especially in the hard times. I don't want to always question, "Why, God?" and get angry or confused when something doesn't go like I've planned. I want to respond with complete trust and faith in my Daddy God. Knowing that He has my absolute best interest in mind. That He knows best. That He can see further down the road, and He is working all things together for my good. 'Cause that's what a daddy does.


(ps -I'd LOVE to hear what your word for 2013 is, if you've got one, too!)


  1. This is awesome! I love your journal entry--powerful!

    No word for me; I have some goals for the year, though.

  2. Flourish. Flourish is my word.
    I blogged about it at my place.
    Love your necklace, Lora...

  3. Oh my goodness! Love love love this. I was just doing some Bible study over the word "Abba." I still need to choose a word for the year. Great choice!

  4. of the toughest years of my life.
    "Content" was my word for last year (and again, thank you for my precious necklace reminder!)...and I think it could continue to be my word for a very long time!
    But I really feel the Lord spoke to me recently about the fears I deal with on a regular basis, and so this year my own personal word from the Lord is "FEARLESS".
    I pray I can begin to move in that arena of "Fear Not"!

  5. CHANGE...that's my word. Not so much a verb, but more the noun form of the word. :-) I want to learn how to better deal with change, how to even, yes, embrace it. I started the year by changing my email address. I had been using my aol address for way too long. It was time to move on to gmail! I just feel like I get far too stuck in my ways, that I need to practice a little more flexibility.

    Pretty cool how God gave your word to you.

  6. beautiful word from God- beautiful necklace, too.
    thanks for sharing how God spoke to you :)
    praying for a word myself . . . thinking i may know it at this point, but waiting to be sure!

  7. My word for 2013 is "Abide" and God has already confirmed it over and over again.
    I loved reading your blog today and all about your word for the year. Don't you just love having such a personal God!

  8. Thanks for sharing, very encouraging :)



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