I don’t often commit to one word for an entire year like so many others. It can seem limiting to me. Maybe this has been the case in the past because I haven’t ever heard a word from the Lord. It’s just me. Little, old me coming up with a word that I want my year to look like.

Risk.

Abundance.

Joy.

A word that I would like my year to reflect.

Adventure.

But not a word from God.

So, the only time that I did declare a word for the new year, by February I had already tucked it away and decided to forget about it.

Yesterday, while driving to the grocery store to get a few snacks for a quiet, New Year’s Eve at home, I was thinking about what 2019 might bring. Suddenly I heard the word “open” as clear as could be. I didn’t say it, so it must have been God.

“Open.”

There it was again. But what did it mean? I began to imagine what a year of “open” would look like…

Open

Open Heart – I’ve been asking the Lord to help me love as He does. I’m not very good at loving unconditionally. Or loving the least of these. I tend to love those who are like me. It’s easy. I know it’s wrong, but I haven’t created a life where I’m constantly bombarded with others who are unlike me. No, I’ve done the opposite. And because of this, I forget that the world is filled with people who are difficult to love, and I still should.

Open Home – I’ve always wanted my home to be a place of peace. A sanctuary to anyone who needs it. So, my doors are open, my home is open. My house is not the best decorated, or cleanest, or fanciest by any means. There are often dishes in the sink and dirt on the floor. I promise that there will always be dust, lots of dust, on everything. But I’m here. I’m a homebody. 9 times out of 10 if you need me this is where you’ll find me. So, come. My home is open to you and a cup of hot coffee and a hug are always at the ready.

Open Hands – I picture myself standing before God with my hands open before Him, my palms up and out-stretched. They are empty, I hold no bitterness, no unforgiveness, no hostility. My hands are free to receive all that He wills to give me. I open my hands before Him and as He says in His word, He satisfies me with good things.

Open Life – My life is not my own, I was bought with a price. An extravagantly high price indeed. The blood of Jesus Christ. My life belongs to Jesus and I am open to His guidance, His will, and His way. I trust the Father’s goodness; may He do with me whatsoever He wills.

Open Eyes – I will see with a heavenly perspective. My eyes will be open to the difficulties of others. I will see people the way God sees them. I will open my eyes to the hurting. I will see you. I will see your pain, but I will also see the gold in you. I will look until I see gold and I will call it out. My eyes are open.

Open Mind – I will be open to all that Holy Spirit will teach me this year. I will accept His correction and His discipline for what it is, love.

Open Book – I will be honest. I will speak the truth and I will open up to those who need to hear where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. I will be vulnerable. I will risk looking stupid, dirty, useless, or inept if it means helping others break free from the same shackles and chains I’ve left behind.

Open

This is without a doubt the word spoken over me for 2019. I feel it in my bones. I feel a conviction and excitement from this one simple word. There is so much more to this than I could even think or consider. I know as I write this that God will continue to show me many new applications to come.

I went to bed last night thinking about all of these things, knowing that I would write about it and boldly declare my word. I was ready to be held accountable to a year of open. This morning when I opened the Facebook app on my phone the first status was from a friend, Gayle, who knew nothing of my word.

Her post was accompanied with the picture below and read as follows:

“EPHPHATHA!” Be Opened! The gates are hung high and opened. It is a continual state of being opened, not one that has only opened and then shut. It is a state of…ears opened to the power of hearing truth of the Word.

Mark 7:34-35 and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He said to him, “EPHPHATHA!” that is, “Be opened!” And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.

2019…

I have two grandbabies who need their ears opened! I never even thought of this application of the word. But God! He knows our needs and He wants what is best for each of us. Ears, be opened in the mighty name of Jesus!

I stopped to praise the God of open ears for a moment and Facebook updated my feed to a new post:

One #GodIdea or #KingdomConnection can change your Life/Destiny! Are You Open? – Michael Fram

There is no doubt that 2019 is going to take me on a risky, abundant, joyous, adventurous ride if I’m open.

How about you? Has God given you a word yet?