My One Word for 2011

On Tuesday, I shared how I’ve been praying and waiting for the Lord to give me my one word for the year. The whole idea behind this exercise is to ask God to place upon your heart a theme that describes the work He wants to do in your life.

God gave me my one word for 2011 on Wednesday. He confirmed it on Thursday and Friday. I want to give you a quick summary of how it all happened:

Wednesday, February 2
As I flipped through my journal during my Bible study time, I noticed a highlighted section in my entry for July 24, 2010:

“I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me. I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of burning heat. When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me (Hosea 13:4-6).” 

My eyes locked in on the word satisfied. Apparently, it had gotten my attention that day back in July, too, because I’d written out the Hebrew word and definition:

saba or sabea – satisfied
fill to satisfaction, drink your fill, filled, have in plenty, have enough, have abundance, glutted

I sensed that this just might be my word.

Journal Entry for Thursday, February 3
Still thinking about the word satisfied this morning….

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days (Psalm 90:14).”

Yep. That’s the word. How do I know? Because last night I was thinking about “love” and “joy” as possible words for the year. I need both in my life to a greater degree. Now, after reading Psalm 90:14, I’m sure satisfied is my word. That verse is my heart’s cry, and it contains both love and joy in it!

Lord, may thoughts of you be on my mind as soon as I awaken each morning. As I spend time in your Word and in prayer, nourish me so that I’m completely filled up with you! May I be so satiated with your love that it exudes from me through a joyful spirit that blesses others.

I have my word!

Journal Entry for Friday, February 4
This morning I read Exodus 16-18, and 16:16-18 talks about when God provided manna in the desert for the Israelites. The manna was a gift – it came every day and was just what they needed. It satisfied their temporary physical need. In John 6:48-51, Jesus compares himself to manna. Christ is our daily bread who satisfies our eternal, spiritual need.

Lord Jesus, You are my Holy Manna. You sustain me. You are the Bread that God has given me to eat. I feast on your words this morning, Lord. I find my comfort in you. You satisfy me.

Journal Entry for Saturday, February 5
Yesterday while driving to the gym, the Lord gave me a song about my word:

Satisfy me in the morning with your unfailing love
that I may sing for joy and be glad all my days.
Fill my cup, Lord, fill it up
Overflowing with your love
I hunger for you,
I thirst for your truth.
Satisfy me, Lord, like nothing else can do.

Father, you are so faithful. Thank you for confirming my word. I know you are going to teach me what it means to be satisfied in you. Lord, you are truly all that I need. Fill me up, God. Just like the song says. I want to overflow with your love.

That’s how the Lord revealed my one word to me. If you’re seeking the Lord for your word and don’t have it yet, don’t be discouraged. He will give it to you. It may not be in the way He showed me. Every “one word” experience is different! Just wait on the Lord. He is faithful.