No Resolutions, Just One Word…

As we entered a new decade — 2020 — I decided to forego a long list of resolutions. I feared the list would be too long, and the enormity of what was required for achievement would render me immobile. There is nothing wrong with the desire for improvement, setting goals, forming new habits, and finally getting around to much-needed simplifying…

But I’ve discovered that the longer my list of resolutions, the quicker I seem to abandon it and give up entirely.

So this year I have decided to give all my attention to One Word instead. Every year I believe God gives me a word for focus, study, exploration, and incorporation into my life. Some of those words from recent years are Gratitude, Kindness, Dwell, Gifts, Steadfast, and Serenity.

This year my One Word is STRONG.

I am praying and taking steps to be strong in soul, body, mind, spirit, connections, serving, and love. I suspect the coming year will offer me far more than enough opportunities to stand strong in the face of discouragement, exhaustion, weakness, temptation to give up, suffering, and loss. But I absolutely know that in my weakness, God in me will render me strong.

Are you out of strong in your life? If so, I’d love to share with you some promises we can count on. If we choose to embrace God’s wisdom and biblical truth:

  • Be strong through the grace God gives you in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2.1
  • This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1.9
  • The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29.11
  • Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27.14
  • He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40.29
  • I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong. Romans 1.11
  • Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16.13
  • On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. Psalm 138:1–3
  • And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5.10
  • My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73.26
  • But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59.15

I’ve spent this week in Texas with some of the most brilliant and strong women of God I am privileged to call my sisters. Our theme for all our prayers and activities all week has been “STRONGER THAN EVER!” And we are. In God’s power and provision.

Will you join me in standing up, lifting my warrior princess “sword” and moving forward into the unknown new year….

March on, my soul; be strong! Judges 5.21

under the mercy, Lucinda

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12 Comments

  1. Jeannie Waters on January 22, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Lucinda, the verses you listed encouraged me to focus on the strength the Lord gives rather than succumbing to weakness. My word for this year is dwell, a perfect companion to strength I think. Thank you for wise words.

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on January 22, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Jeannie, I love the word Dwell (as you know from reading my “Dwelling Places”) and I pray you find great strength from our Lord…

  2. sarah on January 22, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you, Cindy, for these words. Very encouraging, especially all the Bible words. I am weak, but He is strong. Yes.

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on January 22, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      Yes, Sarah, I am weak too! But we have the “Everlasting Arms” underneath…

  3. Sheree Harrington on January 22, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Lucinda,
    I also receive a word for the year. My word is “rest.” I realize how my emotional and spiritual strength is waning as a result of not being mindful to rest. Thank you for your ministry! Blessings in Christ, my strong, warrior, sister! 💪

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on January 22, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      Oh Pastor Sheree, I hope you will Rest andReceive from the One who knows you best and loves you most…

  4. Tracy Arntzen on January 23, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Oh yes God calls us to be STRONG and when we welcome His strength in our lives the results are truly amazing. My word is intentionality for 2020. I hope to see you this year

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on January 23, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      Tracy, I would love to see you this year somewhere… Intentionality is a strong word and I’m embracing it as well. Hope this is your best year ever…

  5. Maureen Miller on January 23, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Love this so much! And you, beautiful, strong sister!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on January 23, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      Love you back, sweet Maureen.

  6. Joyce C. Dunaway on January 23, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for your encouraging words. My word for 2020 is Contentment.
    “Godliness with Contentment is great gain.” I Timothy 6:6.
    I wish I lived close enough to attend your retreat.
    I hope to see you at Blue Ridge in May.
    Joyce Dunaway

    • Lucinda Secrest McDowell on January 23, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      Joyce, Contentment is a great word for the year. And, alas, I must be content that I won’t be at Blue Ridge this year. Sigh.

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