One Word for 2016

A couple of years ago, on the blog, I did a series about choosing “One Word” for the year. To view those blog posts, click on the “One Word” category over on the right.

For some reason, last year, I wasn’t too into “One Word”, so I didn’t do it. When this New Year began to roll around, I found myself somewhat interested in it again and began to think about what my one word would be. The only word that kept coming to my mind was, “Vision”. Mostly because the vision in my right eye has been so poor, clouded and blurry, due to a cataract that I will have removed at the end of the month.


Then one morning as I woke up, I had a picture of a steep snowy narrow path, it was a very steep, almost 90 degree angle mountain that was covered in deep clean snow. I was at the top of the mountain as my son was making his way up the mountain. I could not see him but I knew he was coming, so I was cheering him on. As I looked around I noticed there were others who loved him cheering him on and waiting for him to arrive, I was just the loudest (*smile*). However, we were not alone. There were others at the bottom and along the path who were discouraging him by telling him he couldn’t do it and to just give up. Sometimes their voices seemed louder than the voices at the top, especially when he was tired and needed to take a rest. Yet, if he lifted his head and looked up, he heard the voices once again and it gave him strength to keep trying to pull his feet out of the deep snow and take another step in the right direction, up the mountain.

Those of us at the top of the mountain knew it would take strength, endurance and perseverance to keep going especially when he felt weary or overwhelmed, that’s why we were cheering him on. As his Mom, I was concerned about him falling off the mountain, but as I peered over the edge, I saw that he was securely harnessed and strapped to the mountain so that there was no way he could fall off. I instantly knew that the security of the wires that held him to the mountain was Jesus Himself not letting my son go. The wires and harness got stronger the more those of us at the top prayed.  I wrote down this picture and the specific spiritual implications I knew God was giving me.

As the picture faded, I realized that the previous week I had another picture come to my mind which was a spiritual implication about something I was going through.

Then it hit me, the Holy Spirit was giving me “visions” about things that I needed to see from His perspective. Just like my physical vision is in the process of getting crisp and clear, I believe God wants to make my spiritual vision more sharp as well. This will have a positive effect on my life, my family, friends and church I serve as I can see things effectively and pray with a depth of insight I haven’t known before.

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. Joel 2:28-29

Heavenly Father, I commit this “One Word” to You this year. Thank You that You will restore the physical vision to my right eye and that You are going to give me spiritual vision and insight this year. It is going to be a good year and I look forward to growing closer to You. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen

What about you? Do you sense the Holy Spirit prompting you to choose “One Word” to focus upon this year? What is your “One Word” for 2016?

Your Friend in Ministry,



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