Do you have one word for 2017? A word that you want to explore and live out ?
Last year, the word boldness was the one I learned throughout the year. Now that I look back over 2016, I’m still amazed at how much I grew in the bold and courageous department.
As soon as I asked, God wasted no time to give the word He wanted me to grow in this year.
I find it interesting how often a variation of this word is found in the Scriptures. Synonyms that pop into my head are
There are so many areas of my life I want to abound in. As I am reading through the scriptures, my list keeps—well—increasing.
New Testament writers Peter and Jude begin their letters with “May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” My thought is
Lord, multiply, increase, accelerate grace and peace in me, so that it overflows to others.
And there is no other area that I want it to multiply more than in my marriage—and to my husband.
Here are a few examples of abundance I’ve found so far:
- Peace (Daniel 4:1b)
- Grace (2 Peter 1:2)
- Mercy (Jude 1-2)
- Hope (Rom. 15:13)
- Joy (John 15:11)
- Health (3 John 2) Read this translation.
- Comfort (2 Cor. 3-4)
- Life (John 10:10b)
How will I practice abundance?
- Focus for at least one month on an area God highlights
- Instead of being a fanatic about reading through the Bible in one year, I am reading through a few books of the Bible. (Philippians now).
- Memorizing large portions of scriptures
- Journaling what I believe abundance looks like.
- Grow in my marriage
- Multiply what I’m learning by sharing with others
One huge area I know I want to have more abundance is LOVE. For the last several years my constant prayer is
Lord, increase my heart to love without prejudice or judgment.
That’s a lotta love.
Like, in ABUNDANCE.
I pray this when I want to judge my dear husband. But usually after I’ve already done it.
Oh, help me, Jesus!
As long as I’ve been married to this man, I still don’t have the abundant love for him that I know I want to have. Or that Jesus wants me to have.
Do you feel this way about your spouse, too?
In my own strength and abilities, no way am I able to love abundantly. By faith, I expect that from Christ’s abundance, I will receive one gracious blessing after another.
This is one gracious blessing I want generously, bountifully and a plethora of.
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. ~ Philippians 1:9 MSG
Join me as we begin the countdown to February 14, exploring the different aspects of love. Let’s be students of what loving abundantly looks like.
You are loved,
Holly Gerth shares the one word she has for 2017.
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