Thursday, January 6, 2011

God Gave Me My Word

Missy, here. And God gave me my word.

Since that probably sounds a bit strange, let me explain. On December 30 on the Seekerville blog, Tina Radcliffe posted a wonderful post titled What's Your One Word? The idea comes from the website, My One Word.

Basically, instead of coming up with resolutions you won't keep or looking back to the past for things you want to change, you choose one word and "allow God to use that word to mold and shape you in 2011."

Well, the day Tina posted, many commenters came up with their words. I just read and thought and prayed but still had no clue what my word was. I did have one word pop into my head, but it didn't feel right. So I kept praying about it.

Two days later (New Year's Day) as I was driving home in the pouring rain from the Atlanta airport after dropping off my son, one of my favorite songs came on the radio. I should have known God would speak my word to me in song. He always touches me through music.

When The Voice of Truth (sung my Casting Crowns) came on the radio, and I belted it out (like usual), tears started pouring down my face and I just knew--KNEW--that God had given me my one word. Truth. The Voice of Truth. His voice.

So this year, I'm going to learn to listen to His Voice. To be able to block out the negative self talk and recognize and listen only to His Truth.

If you're not familiar with the song, here are the lyrics. I'll also include a YouTube video link at the bottom. Happy new year! May God speak your word to you in 2011.


"Voice Of Truth"



Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. 'Boy, you'll never win!'
"You'll never win"

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says "Do not be afraid!"
And the voice of truth says "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a Sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand

But the giant's calling out my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again "boy, you'll never win!
"You'll never win"

But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don't seem so high
From on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth




19 comments:

  1. beautiful post, Missy! I'm not sure what my "word" is. Will be interested to hear from others.

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  2. Sorry if you had trouble finding the comment button! I had inserted code to put the video in, and I think I messed with the spacing! It looks like I have it fixed now.

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  3. Missy, I LOVE that song. I often listen to it when I feel confused to help me focus on God's truth. A word that seems to be on my mind a lot lately is "deliberate," meaning intentional. Sorry, I had to throw that last part in there so y'all wouldn't think I was on a jury or something:-) Now, whether that's my word or not, I'll have to think about that.

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  4. That's beautiful, Missy! And I love that song, actually all the Casting Crown songs.

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  5. Hi Missy:

    Wonderful post but I think God gave you a lot of words!

    John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

    Free to be! Free to do! Free to let your spirit soar!

    Vince

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  6. Yeah, Vince. It's more like 4 words: The Voice of Truth. :) So I picked truth out of that. [grin]

    Thanks for the Bible verse!

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  7. Yeah, Mindy, I would have pictured you being a judge or jury. :)

    You'll have to let me know if that ends up being your word.

    Jenn, I love all their music. They're locals. From not too far from Atlanta.

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  8. My word is "Thirst". I keep getting the picture that I am parched, drained dry, and needing to be quenched by God's word, by Him.
    Angie

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  9. Hi Missy:

    I think God was onto this One Word thing first. I just came across this Bible quote:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

    Is there nothing new under the sun?

    BTW: I loved the video. It is worth it just for the graphics! Wonderful.

    Vince

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  10. LOL, Vince! You're so right!! :)

    Yes, the graphics on the video were great. That opening Bible verse is now jotted down for a possible book theme verse. (Ps. 40:11)

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  11. Thanks for the invitation, Steve. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

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  12. Hi Missy:

    I don’t know about that quote! I don’t like the idea of using the imperative with God. It always makes me nervous.

    If you use it, I suggest the English Standard Version (©2001):

    “As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”

    The above predicts what God will do but does not order Him around!!

    Does your husband have a view about issuing orders to God! Personally I don’t think it is a good idea. (I didn’t even retype that quote here.)

    Vince

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  13. Vince, i think it's best taken in contest with the whole Psalm. David is saying it along with the fact that, basically, he's not worthy (see verse 12). So it's like he's begging for God's mercy (at least it seems that way to me). But if I use it for a book, I'll be careful how the verse is written. Thanks for the headsup.

    I'll share the whole chapter so y'all can see what I mean (in NIV):

    Psalm 40

    For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

    1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
    2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
    he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
    Many will see and fear the LORD
    and put their trust in him.

    4 Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the LORD,
    who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
    5 Many, LORD my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
    None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

    6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
    but my ears you have opened[c]—
    burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
    7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.[e]
    8 I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

    9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
    I do not seal my lips, LORD,
    as you know.
    10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
    I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.

    11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD;
    may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
    12 For troubles without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
    They are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails within me.
    13 Be pleased to save me, LORD;
    come quickly, LORD, to help me.

    14 May all who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
    may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
    15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    be appalled at their own shame.
    16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
    may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The LORD is great!”

    17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    may the Lord think of me.
    You are my help and my deliverer;
    you are my God, do not delay.

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  14. Vince, i think it's best taken in contest with the whole Psalm. David is saying it along with the fact that, basically, he's not worthy (see verse 12). So it's like he's begging for God's mercy (at least it seems that way to me). But if I use it for a book, I'll be careful how the verse is written. Thanks for the headsup.

    I'll share a section of the Psalm so y'all can see what I mean (in NIV):

    Psalm 40

    11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD;
    may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
    12 For troubles without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
    They are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails within me.
    13 Be pleased to save me, LORD;
    come quickly, LORD, to help me.

    14 May all who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
    may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
    15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    be appalled at their own shame.
    16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
    may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The LORD is great!”

    17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    may the Lord think of me.
    You are my help and my deliverer;
    you are my God, do not delay.

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  15. That was supposed to be IN CONTEXT! LOL

    Also, the first time it told me it was too long, so I cut it some. Then it posted both! :)

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  16. Hi Missy:

    I think I understand what you are saying. If you mean for:

    11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD;

    To mean:

    11. Please do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD.

    Then the sentence goes from being an imperative to a request and would seem to be fine.

    It’s just that telling God “do not” makes it sound like one of the commandments! How does this sound to you:

    11. “Thou shall not withhold your mercy from me, LORD.”

    If I was a copy editor on the King James translation, I would add that ‘please.’

    Thanks for your comments. I think how we talk to God is important.

    Vince

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  17. Vince, I think there's always a "please" in my head when I pray! In fact, I almost always say it. So I know what you mean about the imperative. It feels a little disconcerting. :)

    Thanks for your comments!

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