Two years ago I was starting my last semester of my Bachelors degree at Evangel University. Most of my classes that semester consisted of sitting around the table in the meeting room of the social sciences department with 9 of my best friends, and Professor Street, who also felt like a best friend.

Professor Street asked us to pick out our own word for the year, explain why, and find a verse to go with it. Honestly, I can’t remember what word I chose, I know I have it in a notebook somewhere. I’m sure it was something to do with overcoming anxiety, or something. But anyways, I loved the idea of having a word for the year, and 2017 was one of my favorite years. I didn’t pick out a word for 2018, and look how well that turned out for me – if you’re new to my blog, 2018 was super lame.

SO obviously I want 2019 to be more like 2017, so I am going back to picking out a word for the year! 2019’s word is hope.

(I don’t actually believe that 2018 sucked because I didn’t pick out a word. It would have been fine had I simply spent the majority of my free time with people who actually cared about me…but I didn’t. But hey, had I done that we probably wouldn’t have this blog, and I wouldn’t have more trust issues, so there’s a reason for everything!)

I actually decided this before I read this quote from Christine Caine’s book Unexpected: “Hope is unshakeable confidence in God. It doesn’t deny the reality of our pain, but it does give us a life beyond our pain. It gives us permission for a new beginning. It is the happy and confident expectation of good, that lifts our spirits and dares us to believe for a different future. It is always looking to God: “And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in you” (Psalm 39:7).”

I love everything about this. I have been struggling with knowing where I am supposed to be, and what I am supposed to be doing. It is not necessarily a happy season. But I have joy in the Lord, and I am confident in His plans for me. I am so excited for this year of hope!

Do you pick out a word for the year? What is your word?

Love, Hannah