How is it already the end of June? How has half of the year gone by already? Where has the time gone?
Wherever time seemed to have evaporated, I have to say that it doesn’t seem like my OneWord has been with me for 6 months already. It seems to me that I haven’t learned nearly enough about this word. If I’m most honest, sometimes I forget about it. I forget to stop and rejoice in the midst of everything, anything, because it is a command. I forget to get perspective and raise my hands in praise.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of acknowledging God in everything…every thing. When the light turns red when I’m running late; when I miss a phone call; the cashier I get at the store…you get the idea. One thing I’ve learned over the past 6 months is to not only acknowledge God in all things but to praise Him for all things. Sometimes, ok often, that means I praise Him in hindsight. Sometimes that means taking a moment when I’m frustrated, angry, hurt, scared, or _______ to praise Him for walking with me always. I can’t praise Him if I don’t acknowledge His sovereignty and His presence in my life.
My square one was really square two.
Another thing I’ve learned is something I tweeted a few weeks ago. I said, ‘I’m learning that the harder the trial, the more rejoicing I need to do. I want to come out on the other side loving God more‘. I’m learning that rejoicing combats bitterness. The more I choose to rejoice in all God gives me, the less of a chip I’ll have on my shoulder. It’s hard. I don’t always want to rejoice in the midst of the hard (even when I remember to). But in His goodness, God is teaching me to soften my heart to come out more like Him after the trial. And that’s what I want: to be more like Him no matter the cost.
The last thing that has shown up for me with rejoicing is the peace it brings. When I take time to rejoice for all God gives me I am reminded that I am not in control, I am not responsible for fixing everything- all I can do is pray and praise God for being sovereign. What a weight off! Rejoicing combats my self-sufficiency. I can freely lay my burdens down because I know God will take care of it and for that I rejoice…and He does so much more than just take care of it; He takes care of it perfectly. And that still blows my mind.
I don’t know what the next 6 months will bring but I commit to continue to rejoice through it all.
How is your OneWord going?
What are you learning?
What more do you want to learn?