Happy New Year, friends! Each year… I choose a word to focus on. In recent years… it never amounted to much if I’m being honest. I wouldn’t say I “lived” my word. But.. this year.. the word I chose to focus on was DISCIPLINE.

I know. It doesn’t sound super fun or joyful right? But… that’s what I felt God was speaking to me about at this time last year. I had some areas in my life that I needed to make improvements in, and I felt that I kept getting stuck in the same cycle over and over again. I had strongholds that needed to break.

The verses that jumped out at me were 1 Peter 5:8-9.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

I don’t know why.. but I found so much truth and hope in those verses. They helped me to see that I was an easy target. Satan liked to keep me stuck in a bad mindset and not feeling my best. He knew what buttons to push to throw me “off”. Those verses have helped me SO many times this year.

For the first time ever… I think I “lived” my word. Yes… I was more disciplined with my health and fitness goals. I lost weight and inches and gained the lean physique I had always desired, and I’ve maintained it. But more than that.. I’ve been disciplined in other ways.

I read my Bible and 12 other books.

I started getting up earlier and having a solid morning routine.

I broke up addiction to my beloved daily fountain coke and haven’t had a sip since May.

I’ve been more disciplined with my time and more intentional with how I spend it.

I finally took a step in faith and obedience and obtained a new certification that I’ve been passionate about for years.

There were also some lows this year for sure, but I know that my DISCIPLINE to stay in the word and connected to God is what has helped me through them. Without a doubt.

As I’ve been thinking about and praying about my word for 2019.. I had NOTHING at all until Sunday… when the word jumped out at me like 6 times in a row. The more I’ve thought about it.. the more I know it’s my word.

New.

The verses that jumped out at me and confirmed it?

“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22‬-23 NIV‬‬

New. All things new.

New people. New experiences. New opportunities. New chances. Stepping into the new life that He has for me, and no longer focusing on the past and the things I can’t change.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13‬-14 NIV‬‬

New.

I can’t think of a more perfect word to focus on this year. 

What’s your word?