My word for this year is 'Rejoice'! It seems like I'm always searching for joy in my life. I fight with depression, I struggle with my weight, and I'm overly anxious about things in general. For the least couple of years I've chosen a word to work on, and I thought this year I would choose joy as my word, but during Advent I came to realize that joy is a state of being, not an action. What I need to do this year then is to REJOICE!
Rejoice in suffering-
1 Peter 4:12-13
12Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.
Rejoice in my salvation-
6But I trust in your mercy.
Grant my heart joy in your salvation,
I will sing to the LORD,for he has dealt bountifully with me!
(another translation reads- But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.)
4Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! 5Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. 6Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. 7Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
This year I will be looking for ways to rediscover my joy through the act of rejoicing.