Sunday, January 1, 2012


This is the 4th year that the Lord has given me a word for the year.  The previous 3 have been:  2009 - Unity
                                            2010 - Vulnerable
                                            2011 - Persevere

This year the Lord said the word:  FERVENT (fur'vant)Adj.

The definition, per the dictionary, 1) hot, burning
                                                       2) showing great warmth of
                                                           feeling; intensely earnest

Now, that I've had the 3 year history of these 3 words, I can reflect back and see how "right-on" the words have described my walk and journey with the Lord.  It never ceases to amaze me the way our Lord and God works with us.  

I was excited in 2009 with Unity because one of the desired of my heart is to see Unity within the Body of Christ.  I can say, that as I approach my 4th year I am truly seeing that Unity occurring in so many various places and ways.  That to me is so exciting. 

I was NOT excited, or pleased with the word Vulnerable in 2010 because none of us like to be Vulnerable and I had no idea what I was going to be Vulnerable to.  As it turned out, it was my daughter, Suzette's, diagnoses on September 28th of that year of stage IV lung cancer.

Last January 1st, as I happily received PERSEVRE as my word, I was thoroughly convinced that we just had to Persevre through the chemo/treatments/prayer and walk for Suzette's complete healing.  You, who follow me and our story, know that what we would be required to PERSEVRE would be her journey to Heaven on May 19th.  The hardest test of persevrence that not only I, but our entire family, would endure to date.  And, I might add, we had already
persevered through a lot over the years.

So, as I enter 2012 with my word FERVENT I am once again excited !   I intend to use every experience I've had to date to be even more Fervent for my Lord & Savior and the calling He has on my life. 

If you haven't ask the Lord to give you a word each year I encourage you to do so.  It is so exciting to be able to look back and reflect, once again, how the Lord truly holds us in the palm of His hand and how no detail is overlooked by our Lord is we will just have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear".  

Please pray about this and then let me know what word God gives you for 2012.

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Mari said...

That's a wonderful word for this year. I feel you already protray this, so it's exciting to see what the year will bring!

Tanzy said...

Thank you for sharing. During our prayer time as we prayed in the New Year Lynell and I both got a sense of excitement. I will have to pray and see what our word would be, but I just feel it will be New. The Lord kept speaking to me, "Behold I will do a new thing." No more business as usual and God is going to awe us with thing we have never seen or thought of. Blessings to you my dear friend this Year 2012.
Love you!

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing this Susan. You have had some challenging words that have certainly reflected your challenges in life. I was looking at my list this morning and realized this is my 9th year of doing this. I so love the process that I will never ever ever NOT do it. This is, however, the first year that I have not had a word by midnight on the 31st. I think it is solidifying, but God has been uncharacteristically quiet on the subject.

Happy New Year to you!

Momma Roar said...

I cannot wait to see how God brings life to your word this year!