Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Every year, for the past several years, I've had a "word for the year." I haven't chosen lightly. I've prayed and listened and given it a lot of thought. However, to be perfectly honest, a few months into the year I've not only forgotten to write about my word, I've forgotten I even had a word. Ridiculous...I know.

So this year, I considered not bothering with a word at all. What would be the point if I was just going to lose it somewhere in the nether regions of my little mind? But there was this persistent little whisper I couldn't quite ignore. So I began to pray about a word.

"Humble" came to mind. I have felt this pull to "smallness" - to more of Him and much less of me.
"Balance" was another. I have struggled to find balance in my life for as long as I can remember.
"Selfless" certainly applied. There has been far too much of self - too much seeking after the approval of others.
"Small" was the one I nearly settled on. I desperately want to become smaller - especially in this place where I've tried for far to long to be other than small.

All similar and yet none quite said everything my heart was feeling. As the days passed, there was one constant refrain in my heart. It came with words and a melody. The words burrowed deeply into my heart and would not be silent.

Our church Christmas Program this year was titled "Love Came Down," based on the song of the same name. It was this song that kept playing over and over again in my heart. When we sang the words, "I am yours..." something in me broke. It was the same every single time.

They answered every longing of my heart. If I am His, truly His, then everything else falls into place. I will find the humility He modeled. I will live my days holding tightly to His hand - losing myself in Him. The balance I long for will come as I follow hard after Him. I will see with His eyes; I will listen without interrupting or nagging or complaining - because I know He is there to hear every silent word without judgement or condemnation. I can serve secretly and with a heart toward Him, because He sees in secret.

Most of all, whatever comes into my life in the coming days - I am His. 

I am forever His. We have all the time He has given me to do the necessary work in my heart and life.

My word for this new year - and for always: His.

"Love Came Down"

"If my heart is overwhelmed
And I cannot hear Your voice
I hold on to what is true
Though I cannot see

If the storms of life they come
And the road ahead gets steep
I will lift these hands in faith
I will believe

I'll remind myself
Of all that You've done
And the life I have
Because of Your son

Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free

I am Yours
Lord I'm forever Yours
Mountains high or valley low
I sing out and remind my soul
I am Yours
I am forever Yours

When my heart is filled with hope
Every promise comes my way
When I feel Your hands of grace
Rest upon me

Staying desperate for You, God
Staying humble at Your feet
I will lift these hands in praise
I will believe

I'll remind myself
Of all that You've done
And the life I have
Because of Your son

Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free
I am Yours
I am forever Yours
Mountains high or valley low
I sing out and remind my soul
I am Yours
I am forever Yours

I am Yours
I am Yours
All my days
Jesus, I am Yours"
Kari Jobe 


Sandra Heska King said...

Perfect. Just. Perfect. ♥♥♥

Anonymous said...


{Have you seen my response to your comment on my blog post? I wrote it before I read this. Rather sweet of the Lord, I think. xo}

Lyla Willingham Lindquist said...

So glad you ended the way you did -- I was thinking to myself, this is not a word for a few months or a year, this is a word for a lifetime.

Whether you know it or not, with these words: "this new year - and for always," you just took the pressure off yourself. Are you going to forget and lose focus? Yeah, once in a while. But you're not on a one-year quest and thinking about how many months you missed or how many you have left. You can continue along, restart when you need to.

I don't know if that makes sense, Linda. And I'm afraid I just started a little preaching, so I'd better be done there. Happy to see you today, my friend. Happy 2013 to you.

Beth said...

It's been tough for me to read posts--my mind was on overload from all that I'm reading at school. I would start to read and then give up because the words weren't making sense or after I read them, I found I had no words with which to comment, and since my comments mattered to some of you, I could not comment. So I gave up for awhile. And oh how I have missed it. So I will start anew.
I struggled with making time to write my post, arguing that I needed to do school work. Yet, I couldn't concentrate there either. My soul needed to 'speak'. It helped me more than I ever dreamed it would and that was before your response.
Your response means so much to me. I know how you waited and the answer that finally came for you and your husband gives me hope. I do not know why we cannot find a place, but God knows, and peace of mind will only come from resting in that knowledge: God KNOWS.
Then this post of yours--so in tune with what I have been thinking---of letting go and letting Him take over.
His. Yes, be His.
It's an awesome choice for your word. And the song He gave you is awesome as well. I have never heard it before, but it ministered to me. Thank you, friend. I have missed you even though you did not go anywhere; I did.
I would also like to catch up on your book. I've been so curious about where you have taken it---truly. What happened to that dog? What 'journey' did the lady end up on? What's happening?!

eph2810 said...

Powerful word, Linda. Yes, we are His for ever and ever. It is good to know that His love came down to meet us. May we share His love with the ones around us and show that we are truly HIS.

Anonymous said...

I love this Linda ...all things are yes and amen in Him...and if we abide in His Love...His Love transforms all. Happy new year and blessings as you deepen your knowing you are His.

Megan Willome said...

Yes. His.

Happy New Year, Linda.

SimplyDarlene said...

MIss Linda -

I've never done the word a year deal for an odd assortment of reasons... mainly becasue I don't wanna let myself down if I don't live it out just right. (I've got issues!)

Anyway, I appreciate this post and thank you for sharing this song. I'd not heard it before now.

May the good Lord give you all you need as you go forth on His path!


Jennifer @ JenniferDukesLee.com said...

This is a great word, Linda! And so YOU! You reflect Him with your words and your very life. Love you. Happy New Year.

Sandy said...

This is a wonderful song. Music always ministers so deeply to me. I usually don't seek a word for the new year but this year I didn't have to. The word found me. Your word is wonderful and essential to our Christian walk every year!
Happy New Year, dear friend!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

That is an awesome word, Linda! I love it. And that song... yes... a favorite! Happy New Year, friend! xo