As I've started the year with Renew as my One Word, I've wavered between the feeling of comfort I first felt, and the feeling of needing something to do.
Let me explain. Three years ago, I spent the year learning to trust God. It felt like the word Trust was always in the air. When I struggled, it reminded me to trust Him. When I didn't understand why life was the way it was, trust was the action word I needed. Trust was something I could practice and improve on.
Praise was the same way. When things went well, I reminded myself to praise God. When life was far from going well, I made myself praise Him. Over the year, praise felt more natural. I learned not to wait for the big things or until the end of the day, but to praise Him in the small moments throughout the day.
Last year, I learned to let go of what I want and accept God's plan. To let go and know that He has everything under control, even when I don't—especially when I don't. When I let go, I stopped struggling against Him and rested with Him.
Renew feels different. Although it's a verb, I don't feel like it's something I'm supposed to do. At least not right now. When I knew Renew was my One Word, the comfort came in the possibilities of what God might renew in my life, not in something I was supposed to do.
So, I've been pondering how to live out Renew, and here's what I keep coming back to...
While I wait on God to see what He will renew, I'm not to sit idle, but rather, continue what I've learned.
Trust. Praise. Let go…Repeat.
Trust Him in everything. Praise Him continuously. Let go of what I'm clinging to so that I can embrace His plans for me.And then repeat the process again.
Have you ever felt like it was time to put into practice what God had been teaching you?