Last night I went to my first SDMI meeting with our church where I will be in charge of the memory verses and encouraging our small groups to, well, memorize their verses. I admit, when I’m told to memorize something that it’s not my favorite thing and it’s an area that I slack in, but I do see how important it is in our walk with Jesus. How are we to help others and lead them to Him if we can’t quote an inspirational or meaningful verse on the spot? I’m finding that even as I just read through the Bible cover-to-cover each year, I am picking out verses and memorizing them simply because they mean something to me, such as…
I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
I can say that to myself in the morning or when I’m doubting myself and it gives me a little boost of strength and courage. When I’m feeling overwhelmed again by the shame of my past because the enemy is in my head, I can remind myself that…
I am white as snow.”Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)
Anyway, so last night at the meeting our president encouraged us to pick one word that describes how we would like to see ourselves. She got this idea from a book she just read called “My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.
(If you’re interested in reading it, click the link and it will take you to the book’s Amazon page.)
The concept is to pick one word to encourage you, to meditate on, and pray that God does in you. It’s meant to be the focus of your whole year instead of making five to ten resolutions that never get accomplished. According to the authors, “growth and change will result” from this. I was intrigued when we as an SDMI group was challenged to pick a word and live with it for the next month to bring back to the May meeting and share what it’s done in our lives.
I don’t know about you, but there are still some major things in me that I am already praying to God to change. I thought about the one thing that seems to be the biggest hindrance to my serving God and following His path for me. Immediately, I knew it was my people-pleasing and fear of rejection and failure. These things all go hand-in-hand for me, but I have hope that God will overcome them in His own time if I’m persistent in prayer.
There are so many great words to choose from, so I made a short list of the ones that are speaking to me right now in this season of my life. I thought I would share them with you now to encourage you to create your own list and narrow it down to one word to focus on the rest of this year, or maybe even just for a time.
Bold, Mighty, Warrior, Courage, Redeemed, Snow-white, Strength, Brave, Outgoing, Capable, and Live.
Those are the words on my list right now. Since I’m going through a season of being intimidated about putting myself out there and talking to people I don’t know, I am leaning more toward Bold, Brave, and Capable. Last year in April I went to a weekend women’s encounter with a local church and they did something like this as well. Once we nailed these giant nails into the huge wooden cross we picked up a key that was placed face-down on the floor. It was totally random, but on the other side the key had one word written on it. We were to share with our group how that one word impacted us, applied to us, and what we thought of it. My word was surrender, which was absolutely fitting because that’s exactly what I did during that weekend retreat. I surrendered myself to God for the first time in my life.
If you’ve done this challenge or are thinking about starting it now, we would love to hear your comments, stories, testimonies, and your one word! I hope you found some encouragement for your day.