Monday, January 1, 2018

A Prayer (and a word) for the New Year

Happy 2018 sweet friends! 

This is my prayer for you this new year...

I spend lots of time leading up to the new year thinking
 about and praying about
 my word and verse for the following year. 

This year my word is DWELL and my verse is Psalm 37:3 which says...
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

I love the word dwell because it's a reminder that I need to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing God's goodness and grace.

 I believe that this year God is telling me to slow down, to savor. 
I can’t dwell in a hurry and I tend to ALWAYS be in a hurry. 

Do you pick a new word of the year? 
If so, share below, I'd love to hear what it is and be praying that word over you! 


  1. This is the first year I actually feel like I have a word. It's: Grateful.

  2. My word this year is Trust. I blogged about how I got to the word here: But find it interesting to pop on your site today (Jan 2) to see this post when I blogged about Dwell on New Year's Day too: I think the Lord is inviting us to something incredible. I'm eager to see what it entails!

    Thank you for all you do here and on instagram. I really appreciate you. Because of you sharing on instagram I completed the Anchored Study several months ago and it was really fabulous. I've begun your 31 day January scripture writing challenge this month and it's already blessing me.

  3. This is my 4th year to pick a word - this year mine is Intentional - intentional in thoughts and actions! Happy New Year!

  4. My past words have been trust (for several years), then courage and strength. The word given to me this year is JOY. When I first heard it, I was so surprised because of the health issues we are facing. Then I realized my joy is not found in what we can or cannot do, but in my Lord Jesus.
    Shannon, you are a blessing to many.

  5. Good morning. My word for 2018 is CONNECTIONS. I moved 5 years ago, from a place where I was deeply rooted, to a familiar, yet not familiar place. It is a place I lived when I was younger. I met and married my husband here, but when we returned, we'd been married 19 years and had a 13yo and a 10yo. It has been lonely here. It is a smaller community, so friendships are deep amongst many of the women already. I don't feel like an outsider, per se, but still haven't really found my tribe. So my goal is to really connect with a few women this year, right where I live. Less screen time, more face time. ~Sarah