My word for 2020 is silence. I can sense your wheels turning; they are sending the message, finally! I hear ya! Seriously, I do. My mind is working 24/7, and there are so many ideas, dreams, hopes, that I want to see in place while I am here a short time. I don't always have control of them spilling out. I often interrupt, so I don't lose the thought. I apologize. Love me anyway.
Silence is defined as the complete absence of sound. As I am aging, I am beginning to realize that I am entering into a world of silence as the hearing loss moves into place, or out. The silence I speak of though, my 2020 word, yells louder.
The silence I yearn for is a holy place, a place of stillness and peace. Throughout my life, I have lived in a world of silence. I crave it. It is essential to my being as I recharge. God has always been. The Holy Spirit awoke within me at the age of six, and it has been a beautiful relationship. Highs of praise and lows of growth; he is within me.
The word reflection, serious thought or consideration, goes hand-in-hand with silence. I want to be there more. My relationship with my Savior has taken me on some great adventures.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
When I look back over my life to where I am today, God has delivered my tasks. Each day I wake excited to see who I will encounter and what my response will be. I feel like Facebook is a ministry tool, and it is the place God has called me to serve. We have our reasons, God & me.
So, silence is golden. In the silence, God shines. I want to be in the shine. Sometimes life throws things at us that are not found in the battle between good and evil; they just happen. What we show the world through these experiences comes from our silence. We choose good or evil as our response.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
20-20, normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision). I want more than normal. God created me with exceptionality and there is purpose here. It's how I deliver to the world. I find it in silence.
Silence ... Prayer ... Armor ... Deliver ... repeat
What is your word?