28 January 2018

Trusting in God



My word for this year is TRUST -- as in Trust in God.  Life is full of hardship but also joy. Woes and blessings. But in it all, if our eyes aren't focused on Jesus, then we're trusting in something else that will fail us.

Right now, we're trusting that God will care for a loved one who is far from us, and is waiting on the Lord to bring her home. And we're trusting that God will help another loved one facing a rare disorder. I'm trusting that God will help me complete "Love's Beacon" a story set at the Round Island Lighthouse in the Straits of Mackinac, part of the Great Lake's Lighthouse Romances (November, 2018) which is due March 2018 to my editor -- prayers appreciated!
Round Island Lighthouse, Straits of Mackinac, Setting for "Love's Beacon" 


Question: How about you? What is your word for the year? Why?

Giveaway: Answer the question for a chance to win any one of my 2018 releases from Barbour in 2018: First Love Forever, The Backcountry Brides, Victorian Christmas Brides, and Great Lakes Lighthouse Romance collections. 

36 comments:

  1. My word is Hope. There are so many times that I catch myself using the word hope. I hope my grandson's street cooperates with him this week as he shows him in a major show. I hope that my mother rests well as so many times she doesn't. Hope, it makes me happy when I think of the word. I have hope!

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    1. Hi Melanie! I love the word hope. Hoping in God gets us through. Best wishes to you!

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  2. Stillness. It’s a strange word, I know. But I need the stillness and peace this year.

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    1. Ohhhh, I like Stillness for a word, too! I don't think it is strange. We have to be still to really hear from God and to rest in him.

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    2. MH you are my winner! Congrats! I sent a PM on FB as I am not positive if this is Melissa.

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  3. This year, my school is doing the "one word challenge" for the first time. We even had an assembly on it. When I took my 3rd graders back to the room, they said, "I know what Mrs. Fletcher's word is." Yes, they knew my word - DETERMINATION. I am a very determined person, both in school and out of school. My hall bulletin board right now features my word in large, colorful letters across the middle of the board and my students' individual words all around my word. It's so neat! It's the first year I've ever had a 'word of the year.' I must say I like it.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com
    Susan in NC

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    1. Wow, Susan! I think that is neat that your students know your word! When we get fixed on what God wants from us and are determined to follow that will, great things happen!

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  4. You are in my prayers as you trust in Jesus and cling to Him! I, too, am learning how to better trust in Jesus. Glad we're on this road together.

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    1. Thanks, Susie! It's one day at a time for any of us on this journey of life. When we have no one else, nothing left, God will never ever leave us and He deserves our trust. Hugs!

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  5. So far, my word for the year is contend. Contending in prayer for many things right now. I think my word works very well with your word trust.

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    1. Contend is an interesting choice, Kathy! Sometimes that is what we have to do--contend with what is coming our way. Allowing God to give us strength and yes trusting in Him to help us contend! Blessings!

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  6. My word for this year is renew because I have moved from MN to TX and starting a new life for myself.

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    1. That's a huge move, Nancy! I pray that Texas is a great location for you and will renew you!

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  7. I had Let Go for my words last year and am keeping them for this year too. It's hard, but yet so freeing to learn to let go and let God do what He needs to do.

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  8. This year, I choose Seek as my word and I'm trusting the Lord to show me ways to seek Him more :-)

    Keeping you in my prayers Carrie!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) come

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    1. Thanks for your prayers, Trixi! Seek is a great word! When we seek God we will find Him. When we seek His will, He will show us.

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  9. I don't really have one word - I am choosing to be more giving this year. Of my time and talents. I want to open my eyes to unspoken needs around me and respond to them in some way.

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    1. Arletta, can I suggest the word -- generous? That's what this sounds like. Many blessings to you.

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  10. I don't have a word, but all of those mentioned are good.

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    1. I hope you can find one, Susan. It does help to focus.

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  11. I don’t really have a word but I do like quiet so maybe that will be my word. My husband likes to have the tv on but I can go all day without. My father in law thought because our tv was off that it was broken. Nope I said I just like quiet.

    jennydtipton at gmail Dot com

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  12. THIS IS SO COOL! My word is Trust to! :D And it is AMAZING how God keeps putting it in front of me! :)

    Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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  13. My word is Stretch. I'm working on getting out of my comfort zone and making some changes, but even though it's not always comfortable, it's a good thing ;)

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    1. Oh, I love the word, stretch, Heidi!!! Last week our youth pastor spoke about this!

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  14. My word for this year is self-control. I had been reading Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges the end of last year and I realized that my self-control in certain areas wasn’t what God desires. So, I’m working on that with the help of the Holy Spirit. My verses for the year are Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love,joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control...

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  15. My word is Grace for this year. I'm so thankful for God's amazing grace He gives to each one. I love the promise in Proverbs 3:5-6 about Trusting in the Lord. Prayers as you trust and wait upon Him, Carrie.

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    1. Grace is a wonderful word, Marilyn, and even more wonderful to receive. Thanks for your prayers my friend!

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  16. My word is actually two words.
    Be Still
    which is very hard to do since I'm on the go almost all the time.
    but the Lord knows I am trying, and that is what really matters.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Janet, that is so cool that both you and Susan Marlene are aiming to "Be Still" and know God better. Sometimes that's the best thing to do!

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  17. Carrie, thank you for sharing your "one word". I don't have a word for this year.

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. Caryl, I am going to give you a word--overcome. Because with the loss of your home in Texas and in all the hardship, you are overcoming! Hugs!

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  18. My word for the year is really "Be still and know that I am God." Psalms 46:10 I know that it was last years word to but if I must only type one word I will cheat. BeStill! :)

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    1. I love your desire to be still and to know God better, Susan Marlene!

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  19. My word for the year is HOPE. God has given us so much hope already this year! 6 weeks ago my healthy, robust husband unexpectedly went into congestive heart failure due to an unknown tear in one of the valves in his heart. He underwent open heart surgery and is now on the road to recovery. God graciously spared his life and continues to reveal His love, peace, and provision in so many miraculous ways. We are so grateful for the HOPE Jesus brings us daily, moment by moment!

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