At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.
Scripture Verse of the Year 2014 – By Susan Seay
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
I first heard about the idea of picking a word for the year in early 2013. My friend Shari Braendel was reading a book that explained the whole idea. She excitedly explained the concept to me by phone. And without hesitation, I was in.
I took a few minutes while we were on the phone to think.
What word would I choose?
I mean, it was a little intimidating to choose just one word. But I didn’t want to ruin the momentum right there on the phone. So I closed my eyes, mumbled a quick prayer, and said the first word that came to mind…..faithful.
Faithful. I had to say it a few times to let it sink in. Faithful. FAITH-ful. Faith-FULL.
Yes, that’s it. Faithful.
It’s the word I meditate on when things feel out of control. Faithful reminds me to stay in the moment. Faithful helps me release my tight grip on life and trust that God is faithful. Faithful is the simple reminder within our family that the work we do and the lives we live are our humble acts in thanks to God for the many blessings we enjoy every single day,
Last year was full of growth for me.
Within just a few months, I traveled and or spoke at multiple events, some of which were out of state. I created new programs, was trained with phenomenal authors like Michael Port, author of the NYT bestselling book Book Yourself Solid, and taught online classes to women all over the globe from the US, to the Bahamas, to Australia, to Italy.
By the end of the year, I had taken on consulting with an organization to train their staff privately, while also continuing the partnership programs I already had in place. There were many times when the word faithful helped me to hold it together. The feeling of overwhelm was constantly close at hand.
Those days when technology tried to get the best of me by not working right when I need it. Other times when I worked real hard to get the kids occupied long enough to make a phone call, and suddenly everyone in the house had an urgent questions that only I can answer. Faithful was the word that I ran to at those moments.
When I doubted my skills to get things done, faithful would buoy my resolve to figure it out.
By the end of the year, I desired to be faithful not only to take care of family and my business, but also to take care of me. I made an appointment with my physician and had full exam and blood work done. When my test results came back showing problems and I was referred to a hematologist at the Cancer Center, faithful was the word I relied on to not lose hope. After many more tests and lots of waiting for results, I’ve recently been given a clean bill of health.
And God was proven faithful once again.
As you begin this new year, I encourage you take on the challenge for yourself. Choose one word for your year. Choose a scripture to give this word context. Then refer to this word often and see how God unfolds new meaning and depth to you, from just one word.
For 2014, my word is confident.
Another good one is- Proverbs 3:26,
“For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger].” AMP
You see outside of the context of scripture, the word confident would be all about me. The focus would be on me, not God. It would be so easy to posture myself and seek to make myself the center of attention. I would be lured away with new ideas to “improve” on things. But that would be a huge mistake.
With all the wonderful starts in 2013, it’s uber-important for me to remember that God began the work, not me. And my job is follow His lead. So instead of confidence in me, I put my confidence in Him. I commit to reminding myself to be confident in God alone. The source of my confidence.
Not my skills.
Not my network.
Not my training.
Not my income.
Happy New Year my fellow momprenuers!
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