You’ve probably seen the popularity of having a “word” for the year. It started several years ago, and honestly, I wasn’t sure if I liked this concept or not. Was it just hype or could having a word for the year truly keep my mind and heart focused towards one main goal or reference point? Could it simplify things for me?
Well, I went back and noticed that I actually began this rhythm over six years ago and shared my first word of the year with blog readers back in 2015 and then shared last year about my 2021 word.
It honestly is a very soothing process to pray and discern a word for the upcoming year.
The past few months I have been on the mission of providing hope for many—for myself, but also for those around me and yes, you, my readers. So many are suffering in hard seasons, feeling out of control and lost. It breaks my heart. However, as someone who has a strong faith, hope is my brown paper bag I can breathe deep into. Instead of hyperventilating because of circumstances, often beyond my control, I can choose to read scripture that reminds me that I have a hope, and it is beyond this world.
The definition of hope
What is the true meaning of hope? When I google the meaning, I come up with:
- A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
- A feeling of trust.
And that seems to sum it up. It is a feeling of expectation of something more, and a trust that it will, in fact, happen.
Quotes about hope
“Hope is not wishful thinking.”
Hope is the audacity to believe: “After everything I’ve been through, there is more ahead of me.”
Hope is deciding to say: “No matter what comes my way, I am free to pace myself through this.”
Those are so good. Hope is a decision…bottom line.
You can decide to have hope, others can’t hold hope for you. It’s a conscious decision—EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Bible verses about hope
And then I go to my most cherished place to read about hope…the bible. According to Blueletterbible, in the NIV translation, the word hope appears 167 times in 159 verses. So, I don’t think it’s a word we are to forget, wouldn’t you say?
When I am feeling weak and vulnerable, I read verses on hope. Here are a few that bring my heart peace.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. —Hebrews 11:1
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. —Psalms 62:5
So, friend, if you are struggling, maybe your word can be hope too? Or perhaps you are feeling to choose a different word, one that can help you stay focused for 2022.
If you are looking for a word, pray about it, ask the Lord to bring a word to you. Take some time to journal, and I am sure you will find the word for you.
If you are looking for more hope in the new year, it’s not too late to join us in The Hope Quotient—a 60-day devotional on YouVersion which will help you dramatically increase your level of hope. Join us here, we kick off January 1.
I hope to see you inside the app. I love reading the takeaways from other participants; it really makes reading the word so much richer.