I bounced all of those words arond trying to determine which one God has for me for 2013 and have come to the conclusion that what God is calling me to.. is Joy. I almost went with Thanks but decided that I wanted my word to be something I am, not something that I do.. so Joy it is.
My life right now is full of challenges and hard things, but my focus must be on God and not my circumstances.. If I look I will see a multitude of things to be thankful for, to find joy in.
God is the most beautiful of all and in Him I find great joy.
So my desire is to seek the beauty of the Lord to inquire in His temple, to give thanks for the greatness that is my Jesus and in the process I will find Joy. (because I seem to have lost it along the way in the last year.)
Ann Voskamp says it this way...
"And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me. This, this makes me full, and "I magnify Him with Thanksgiving" (Psalm 69:30) and God enters the world. What will a life magnify? The world's stress cracks, the grubbiness of a day, all that is wholly wrong and terribly busted? Or God? Never is God's omnipotence or omniscience diminutive. God is not in need of magnifying by us so small, but the reverse. It is our lives that are little, we have falsley inflated self, and in thanks we decrease and the world returns right. I say thanks and I swell with Him, and I swell the world and He stirs me, joy all afoot." - Ann Voskamp
So I hope you will join me this year as I seek Joy and I learn to live a life of worship and thanksgiving, as I decrease and the beauty and joy of the Lord increase in my life, joy will be found.
How do I know?? He promises it...
"You will show me the path of life, in your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever more." Psalm 16:11