Victory. When I chose that word as my One Word for 2017, God had to convince me to choose it. By this time in the year, I’m understanding more about why. Victory IS the perfect word for 2017.
Victory. Humility. I never would have put these two words together. Over the past several months, I’ve learned that there is victory in humility. And I’m still learning. Here are a few of the lessons God is teaching me.
Dollars. Through a series of spending speed bumps and unexpected expenses this year, God is teaching me humility through my finances. God has readjusted my thinking from fixating on what I want to allowing him to provide what I need. At just the right time. In just the right amount. Like having money to cover my car repairs instead of borrowing or charging to cover the cost. Like curtailing my desire to shop at Tuesday Morning every other week. Like spending less on groceries by eliminating expensive, high calorie foods and bottled water from my diet.
With God’s help, I’m claiming victory in managing what he gives me to manage! Even though it may not be as much as Bill Gates or Oprah has to manage.
I will admit it. I trust God with my finances now more than I ever have before.
Numbers. When I was preparing to launch More Than A Widow on Facebook in 2015, I stressed myself a lot about the numbers. How many likes and comments did I need on Facebook? How many followers and retweets should I have on Twitter? When I was getting ready to launch my website, I stressed even more about the numbers. How many hits would I have on a blog post? How much traffic would there be on the Home page? The About page? Any page?
Before I even launched, God made this clear to me: If More Than A Widow reaches and ministers to only one person, then I’ve succeeded in the assignment he’s given me. I’m so glad I said yes and agreed with God about that!
Sometimes I still stress about the analytics, seeing the size of the numbers rather than the value of the information. That’s when God reminds me to let go of analyzing and to thank him for each person he’s connected me with through More Than A Widow. And I am thankful.
Miles. I used to travel quite a bit. For business. For ministry. For pleasure. For family. For adventure. For fun. For escape from my own weird reality. This year has been very different. I’ve traveled less this year than I have in the previous 25 years. I’ve learned to be okay with that.
In the process, I’ve deepened friendships where I live and work and go to church. I appreciate and enjoy my home more than I did before. My neighbors are friendlier and more helpful to me because they see me more often. Those are blessings I would not have expected.
Humility. Somewhere in all this rearranging of my life, God has humbled me. He has shown me that my relationship with him is more important than dollars, numbers, or miles. He has rearranged my priorities so that he is first once again.
Victory in humility. I’m still learning, but I know more about the value of this now. Thank you for teaching me so much more this year, Lord.
“The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands. For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose” (Psalm 25:8-12).
Laura Warfel is a widow, writer, and follower of Jesus Christ. Her greatest joy is to bring others along with her on her faith journey. In 2015, because of the encouragement of the Launch Out Conference and Jon Acuff, she launched More Than A Widow on Facebook and Twitter. Today she blogs, tweets, and posts to help widows (and those who know them) find encouragement, hope, and resources for the journey. Her goal is to help all widows live beyond the label and live as more than a widow.
Copyright © 2017 by Laura Warfel