Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

I’m not much for New Years resolutions. In making them,  I am choked by the weight of obligation to uphold them, and when I stumble and fail (as I am prone to do) I open myself up for harsh self-criticism and ridicule (which I am also prone to do). <sigh> So I don’t make them anymore. Last year I chose one word for the year, one little word that would be woven through the events, a sort of theme for God to use to grow me. I didn’t choose the word lightly, and to be honest, when I felt as if I knew what word it would be, I was afraid of it.

What would this mean?

My one word for 2011 was obedience. God has stretched and pulled at me in every corner and decision I have been asked to make this year past. That word has been the undertow that draged me out further into the raging seas of events in recent months. I am certain there were times I would have completely run the other direction had I not heard that word whispered into my ears again and again. Obedience.Our faith in Christ is about freedom, but I’m learning that true freedom comes through obedience.

I’ts about coming when we’re called and waiting when we are told to wait, and about being quiet when Abba speaks- and I’m not very good at any of those things. But this year, God has stretched me hard and taught, and I am learning what it really is, to obey. Obedience brought with it, her pesky, and sometimes style-cramping friend, discipline. We are becoming well aquainted, the three of us. It’s quite a sight, me wrestling against the discipline of obedience. Some days have been easier than others, and all the while, I recognize that I am one distraction away from losing sight of the bigger picture, of what this word really means-

Jesus doesn’t always give enough information for my liking. Sometimes, he just calls out a direction, and we have to trust Him.

I want details. I want dates and times and outcomes outlined for me to consider, before I am willing to obey.

But what I am learning, through discipline of prayer and standing still, is that whatever He says, it’s enough. He can be trusted. Whatever information He gives, it is complete for the time.

My job, is to obey.

 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people. At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-19

This scripture amazes me every time I read it. Peter and Andrew didn’t stand there questioning Jesus. They didn’t ask for details and specifics. They put down what they were doing and they went. They trusted Jesus without question. They were obedient to His calling. Amazing.

If you’d like to read more about the ‘one word’ idea, you can HERE.

Mary Demuth is taking the ‘one word’ challenge a step to the right and choosing one picture for the year, a single image that speaks to God’s presence and direction in her life.

I’ve got my word for 2012. I’ve got my image too.

It’s just a telephone pole. Just an ordinary, every day thing. I drive past hundreds of these a week and never noticed them, until one day, I was taking photos of my son and I looked up and there it was.

I didn’t see a telephone pole.

I saw a cross first.

God has spent the better part of this year teaching about obedience, to look for His calling and to walk in the direction He calls me to. It has been hard. It has been painful. It has also been fun and exciting and terrifying. I know what he’s telling me this next year is going to be about, and I am a liar if I tell you that I’m not a little anxious about what it will mean. But I’m going to have to trust Him. This cross, this everyday, ordinary object shouted Christ to me that afternoon and does still, every time I look at it.

 God is teaching me to look for Him everywhere, to trust that He is with me even when I don’t see Him. In all the spaces where I expect Him the least, He continually turns up. If I am willing to trust God, then I can obey more easily, and go where he calls.

When I trust Him, I don’t have to be afraid.

Are you considering a “One Word” for the year 2012? What about joining with Mary and praying for God to give you an image?  You can share your word with me, and link your picture up to Mary’s blog HERE. I’d love to know what you’re thinking. 

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  1. that’s it – just ❤ – I’d say more but I have two posts to get up before 8 AM…so off I go. God bless you Krissie – and your marriage…and your babies.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read here, Mary. And thanks for the photo idea. This image is so grungy compared to so many others that I might have chosen, but the grittiness of it, it reminds me of trusting. Just pure, raw, unfiltered obedience through trust. You inspire me much, friend. Praying for you!

  2. Beautiful, Kris. Awesome. Obedience to Trust. Great image, too. 

    I get this: “Jesus doesn’t always give enough information for my liking. Sometimes, he just calls out a direction, and we have to trust Him.” I’m in it right now, though aren’t we always in the need for trust?

    1. Thanks, caroline. Trust feels like a wild rollercoaster to me, and I realize that in accepting this word, God will challenge my heart in many ways as he teaches me what trust really means. I’m so ready to take the ride! 😉

  3. Your words echo my heart struggle of so often wanting a plan before stepping in to the unknown.  Love your word.  Mine are humility and relationships.   I have been thinking about Mary’s beautiful invitation to ask God for an image.  I might need to step into that, too . . .  Thank you, Krissie.

    1. Oooh, Jennifer, those are good words. Beautiful, good words. Hard words, really. Praying for you as you embrace this new year, trusting (ha!) that God will show Himself in powerful and awesome ways as he opens your heart to authentic relationships, to living out humility in Jesus’s name. God is with you, my friend. Immanuel.

  4. Thanks for sharing your heart.  You may see yourself as a broken creature but I see you as an inspiration for writing so honestly about your life.  You are awesome!!!

    1. Rachel~ thank you for stopping by to comment, my friend. I so appreciate your encouragement and support. Your words are a gift to me this gloomy winter afternoon. How have you been these days? Have you had your baby?

  5. i found your blog through a comment on mary’s facebook page.  so glad i came by for a visit!  my word for the year is:  COURAGE based on my 2012 verses Joshua 1:6-9. i shared my pic on mary’s blog.  it came to me in a special way and i stand amazed at the way the God shows us what He wants us to know and see.  thank you for your pic and words you shared. here is my image for 2012:

    1. Tank you. Praying God gives you the insight and strength to follow His lead this new year, He will, I have no doubt. Bless you, friend.

  6. Wow, Kris.  This makes me want to go back to that post a year ago & read through all your posts in order.  Obedience is a hard word – one that comes up frequently here in the world of pre-school parenting, but one I don’t usually care to contemplate much in my own life.  Looking forward to visiting those old posts & sharing the journey ahead.  Thank you for opening your heart here. 

    1. Oh my, what a mess you will find should you actually decide to take on such a task. I started blogging last march and have learned so much in the process. This whole mess taken online was my first act of obedience in the writing realm. What a ride it has been! I am thankful for so many lessons God has taught and the friends He has given me along the way 😉

    1. I had not heard of that book until you mentioned it, but I have placed a reserve on it at my local library. I look forward to reading it;) thank you for mentioning it!!

      1. Jumping in here…this book is simply brilliant!! My word! I re-read it again at the end of ’10 and it just ravaged AND encouraged me all over again. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and revelations from it.

        1. Oh thank yuo for saying this, now I am even more eager to read it! Waiting on the Library to let me know it’s in… Hope it comes in SOON!! 😉

  7. Kris,
    I have finished posting my blog for this Friday for Under the Cover of Prayer. And God was speaking to us at the same time. My word for 2012 is trust, too. May we both relax in Him – knowing that He is always with us even when things seem to be out of our “control”.

    1. Oh How wonderful, Jan. I look forward to seeing how this word, “trust” shapes our year. praying that prayer with you. May we learn what freedom comes from trusting in Him, and resting in the confidence that He is sufficient in everything. God bless you, friend. So nice to see you here again… 😉

    1. Oh what a wonderful word, Barbie. What a journey this year will be as you pursue more of Him, and as He pursues your heart for His purposes… 🙂

  8. Hmmm…I was wondering what the telephone poles were and then you explained His revelation to you and I was like, “Wow!”  I love how He makes “everyday” life so personal and real to us like that.  I think you will be making me see them different this year too.


    Good stuff.

    1. yes, I have to constantly remind myself that my experiences with God are unlike anyone elses. Is it just me who sometimes forgets that God graces us each with a unique experience? Why do I sometimes think He’s so generic? He is an awesome God and the way he reveals His truth is a special and individual as we all are. What grace! What a gift! 😉

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your word and your journey with last year’s word. My word last year was obey. Oh wow. Did God have a lot of work to do on me. I always thought I was a fairly obedient “good girl” – and then God started showing me all the ways in which I needed to obey Him and I came kicking and screaming. To be honest, a year was not enough time- ha! This will be a lifelong lesson! 🙂

    Thank you for also sharing the picture idea. I love that! I am going to pray for an image to go with the word He gave me for 2012.

    1. Oh how I hear your words. Obedience is a continuing theme in my life. I wonder if I will ever come close to achieving it, not without His help, that much I know. I would love to see your image when you choose it, if you think of it, would you come back here and share it with me? I pray God speaks clearly to you. God bless you, new friend.

  10. Hi Kris, thanks for always sharing such God-encouraging words with us. And now, marking the beginning of a new year of “trust”.  Thank you for sharing this in the jam .. and a photo with Mary too!

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