Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One Word

Last night I had two Christian young people call me with sincere need to know what God is calling them to do. Both of them are out of work and they want to maximize this transitional season of their lives. I invested my ears for intense listening. I prayed with each of them. I shared my experiences in my transitional season this year since my husband died.

God gave me one word: Write, when I prayed for guidance and direction. I challenged each of them to ask for a word. Before the conversations were over (both of them wanted to talk; so each one was over an hour), they each knew that word.

So, I decided this could be good challenge on this blog.

  • What is one word that God has given you for your ministry or life work?

  • What is one word that God has challenged you to pursue in seeking His understanding and wisdom in Bible study?

  • What is one word that He is calling you to focus on in relationships (spouse, parent, child, worker, church)?

  • What is one word He is calling you to focus on in your transformation and sanctification into being Christ-like?

My one word that I have hyphenated that guides my every moment is that quality I see in Jesus Christ: Strong-Gentleness. I work hard not to operate out of defensive self protection; which to me is the opposite of Strong Gentleness. I see Father God , Holy Spirit as my strength...I see Jesus Christ as my saviour and my propitiation. In light of all this, I am strong...in Christ, so I can afford to be gentle.

Got a word?


Sunny Daydreame said...

I woke up this morning with a disturbing situation on my mind. Thanks for posting this, it has definitely given me something to think about as I go through my day.

Laura said...

This post is amazing Kay. It takes me back to the times God gave you a specific word for a specific time..."thrive", "rehobeth",etc.
It has inspired me to ask Him for A WORD. Thank you!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I'm really not positive sure but looking at my life I think my word...at least for right now....would be ENCOURAGE. That's a lot of what God calls me to try and do....encourage others.
In my heart I really want MY word to be WRITE also but it seems that lately I am having more and more trouble with writing, so I guess that's not it for this point in time. :)

God bless you Kay!


sailorcross said...

Awesome post, Kay!! I'll be praying and thinking about your questions. Then, I'll get back to you with "my word".

Wonder what word God will give to me?


Kay Martin said...

As I read your comments the Scripture "you have not because you do not ask" comes to mind. Could it be that all of us need to humble ourselves and ask for a Word from the Word!!!

Love you responses...I can't wait for you to write in what your word is.

Kay....owner of Thrive Christians

sailorcross said...

God has given me my word from His Word:

AGAPE--selfless and unconditional love towards others.

I'm doing a Love Dare--not with a spouse since I have none--but with my 3 adult children (with them not knowing what I am doing!). I'm on Day 10, and with God's love pouring out of me into them, I have seen miraculous changes, not only in them, but through self-examination, in myself and my attitudes and actions towards them.

So, AGAPE, is my word for this time in my life.

Thank you for obeying God in his urge for you to write, and in doing so, you have encouraged me.


Kay Martin said...

Dear Beth of Sailorcross,

Thank you for responding with your "word." I have read your blog and been so touched by the unselfish new ways you are reaching out to your family.

Yes: agape, uncondiitonal love... only God can flow through us. I will pray for you as you move on your "word."

Isn't our Heavenly Father wonderful? We ask for a word to give us direction and focus; and He blesses us with the exact word for us at this point in our lives. I stay in a mouth hanging open pose often at our amazing God.

Sunny Daydreame said...

The one word that keeps coming back to me when I think about this post is simply "Home." It is really so appropriate at this stage in my life.

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.