My One Word 2014 was “Fruit”. What I love about having a One Word for the year is that it doesn’t go away when that year is over. Once you’ve spent a year focusing on that word and why you picked it, it’s bound to stay with you. It just allows you to soak that word into your spirit in a deeper way so that it sticks with you for the rest of your life, causing you to grow. That’s what is intended, right? You may not think on it every day, but it shows up when you need it. Makes me wish I had started having One Words sooner in life.
Having “Fruit” was a reminder for me to pay attention to what I’m putting out there (on a daily basis and in my overall life). Am I producing Godly and beneficial fruit? Or is the fruit I’m producing so rotten it stinks? That One Word had me focusing on my fruit and despite my New Year and new word, it’s a reminder that I’ll always need and appreciate. Sort of like my own accountability partner.
That being said, I want to be sure I am walking in the Spirit at all times, therefore producing fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (NKJV)
I don’t even come close to perfectly exhibiting any of these, and I am striving to do better with them all. However, I have a particularly rough time with SELF-CONTROL, my One Word 2015. I believe this is listed as a fruit of the Spirit because it is somewhat of an ugly word to our flesh.
Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (KJV) This describes me to a T (whatever that means…)! my Spirit is oh-so-willing, but my flesh is the weakest of the weak, screaming, “LET ME HAVE MY WAY!”
It’s like John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (3:30 KJV) To deny/crucify my flesh so that the spirit is in control…that’s the only way self-control works…when there is MORE of Him and LESS of me. As long as I’m in the way, nothing will work out right. It is high time for me to take spiritual authority and force my flesh to submit. Will it be easy? Probably not. But if I want to produce Godly fruit, if I want His will over mine, then I have got to be obedient to the Father, NOT the flesh.
*You can see my original post about why I picked this word here.
Although I thought I was crazy at first, I definitely did not hear wrong when choosing my one word for 2014. ‘Fruit’ is a word that I believe I probably should’ve been more aware of long before now. I am not perfect, by any means, nor do I claim to be. However, I have already grasped the importance of why I chose this word and that has helped me in a great way. I try to be on constant Fruit Alert, but as a human, it does tend to slip my fleshly mind at times. There have been several occasions and conversations throughout this year that I have thankfully heard the Holy Spirit quietly whisper to me my #oneword.
Now, when you hear the Holy Spirit whisper gently, “Remember….fruit,” it truly puts things in perspective. I decide to stay silent instead of unnecessarily putting in my 2 cents worth. I decide to put on a smile and show love even when I don’t feel like being in a good mood. I decide that when I’m angry over the change in my husband’s work schedule, it’s better to pray about it instead of writing a Facebook rant status.
I hear that faint whisper, “Fruit…..” and train my focus to remember, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” –Galatians 5:22-23
Don’t let your attitude/actions/reactions determine your fruit. Let your fruit determine your attitude/actions/reactions.
This is what I’ve learned so far from my #oneword #2014.
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*You can see my original post about why I picked this verse here.
Oh, boy. This one has been tough for me. Not so tough that I began to let discontentment overwhelm me and wallow in self-pity, but enough that I have felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to remember my one verse for 2014 oodles and gobs of times this year!
As I stated in my original post, I believe discontentment is one of satan’s greatest lies. It’s the lie that whispers unhappiness to women around the world. I know I’m not the only one with this struggle. I know this because I have seen the effects of this lie in the lives of many of the women I’m acquainted with, as well as my own life.
It’s not an easy struggle. But it is a struggle I can take control over. That’s why I chose this verse. I was so tired of comparison and other lies making me feel like my life wasn’t good enough, like I wasn’t good enough. As I said, it’s still a bit of a struggle, but this verse has helped me many times to get over it quickly. I don’t get stuck anymore because I remember that in whatsoever state I am, I can be content because I am right where God has placed me.
And His word definitely trumps satan’s lies at all times!
Yes, I know that compared to others, my One Word for 2014 is a little… Well, fruity… For lack of better words. What I mean is, I realize my word may not seem to be very profound or Spiritual, but stay with me. I’m gonna explain.
As I was praying about what my One Word should be, I thought I was going to have to dig deep, do some serious soul searching. I figured I would be waiting until sometime in the middle of January before my word would reveal itself to me. I was gladly mistaken. As I prayed about my word, it seemed to all of a sudden jump out at me.
Now, due to the lack of ‘wow factor’ surrounding my word, I thought for a moment that I was crazy. This couldn’t possibly be my One Word. Maybe I was hearing wrong. Yet, as I pondered the why, it began to make sense for me.
“16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.“
No matter where I am or what I am doing, I am producing fruit. Everyone that comes in contact with me also comes in contact with my fruit. What kind of fruit are they seeing? What kind of fruit am I producing? Any and everyone I meet will know me by my fruit. My husband will know me by my fruit. My children will know me by my fruit. My fellow church members will know me by my fruit. The cashier at Wal-Mart will know me by my fruit. All of you that read this will know me by my fruit. And most importantly, God will judge me by my fruit.
FRUIT is my One Word 2014 because I want to constantly be reminded that I am producing fruit. I want to be aware at all times of what type of fruit I am offering. I don’t want to be rotten and squishy. I don’t want to be cut down and thrown into the fire. I want to bear good fruit. I want to be pleasing to the Lord. I want my fruit to be a sweet smelling savor that rises to the throne room of the Father. On December 31, 2014, I want to be able to look back over the year and not be ashamed of the fruit I produced.
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