Every year our church encourages its members to give a name to their year. The name should be something, through prayer, you’ve determined God has given you. In a way, like a New Year Resolution. So, around this time every year it’s quite common to have lots of people asking what name you’ve chosen. Last year the name God gave me was, “The Year of Expansion”. I felt very strongly Him telling me that 2012 would be a year of expanding my horizons in many different ways. I felt Him say He would be leading me into new ministries (which He did through the Garden of Hope) and that He would be expanding our family (which, again, He did!). Erich’s name for 2012 was, “The Year of Breakthrough in Prayer”. And, looking back over 2012 God very clearly did just that! Not only did He deepen a love in Erich’s heart for prayer on an individual level, but He also brought several unexpected prayer partners into Erich’s life that he weekly prays with.
So, as 2013 approached, we both began asking God what name we should give to the year. Erich received an answer first with God saying that 2013 would be “The Year of Mission Outreach”, specifically in terms of doing more local outreach in our community and among working class people. I, on the other hand, prayed for a couple weeks without really hearing God say much of all. Then all of a sudden, as clear as day, I heard 3 words, “Day by Day”. Immediately I knew what these words meant and that this was to be the name I claimed in 2013. I was convicted throughout 2012 that I too easily worry about the future and worry about things that haven’t even happened. I spend too much time thinking about all of the “what if’s?” and in turn too often miss out on what God is wanting to do in and through me right now. So, with naming 2013 “The Day-by-Day Year”, my goal and desire is to live each day fully to the extent God has intended me to, and not worry or be anxious about what will come later.
We entered 2013 with much joy in our hearts at what God is doing in Taiwan and in our personal lives. This year will be an adventure for sure as we welcome our son into the world, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!