At the beginning of the year, I was thinking about my ONE word for the year. It seemed everywhere I turned, I saw people sharing their ONE word.
We don’t have to have a word for the year, right? But I do like the idea of focusing on a word for the entire year. But truthfully, there wasn’t a word that came to my mind.
Sure I could use words like grace, love, trust, but I didn’t feel any of those were the words. So I just decided not to pick a word this year.
Then around the end of January, a word kept showing up in my devotion time, and in some of my Bible studies. I kept noticing it, and I realized that it was my word for the year.
The word is STEADFAST. The dictionary defines steadfast as resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. I love that!
In scripture the Greek word for steadfast is hedraios. It means to be morally fixed; firm in purpose (mind); “well-stationed” (securely positioned), not given to fluctuation or “moving off course.”
Oh, ladies, that’s what I want to be! Steadfast…I don’t want to be a woman that is wishy-washy. I want to be a woman that is resolute.
I recently saw this on Instagram, and it reminded me of someone who is steadfast. Steadfast doesn’t mean perfect, and we might stumble, but we get back up, and we fix our eyes on Jesus.
We all fall. We are all tempted to quit. The ones who make it to the finish line are not perfect, superior or special. They are the ones who simply get back up and keep going. Today is a good day to get back up. Don’t let the lies of the enemy hold you down. Don’t allow guilt, shame or condemnation to have the final word. Where necessary, repent, apologize and do whatever you need to do to make things right. Receive the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus. HE IS FOR YOU! -Christine Caine
Scripture talks a lot about being steadfast. Here are a few of those scriptures:
- Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
- Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 (ESV)
- Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Psalm 32:10-11 (ESV)
- Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:6-7
- You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4
Did you pick a word for the year? I would love to know your word!
This song was a tear-jerker for me. Boy, do I miss my Mom. But as the song says, I’m becoming me, because of you.