10 Words That Change Everything

Image/KarenJordanWhat was your “One Word” for 2016?

This year, 10 words changed everything for me. I focused on these words because they were the titles to several chapters in my book, Words That Change Everything, published this year by Leafwood Publishers.

I shared a little about the power of these words during an interview that Anita Brooks and I had on Bridges with Monica Schmelter on WHTN Christian Television Network.

I refocused on these 10 powerful words as I compiled the FREE 15-day devotional guide to Words That Change Everything: RESTNotes.

BookCover/WordsThatChangeEverythingBookCover/RESTNotesMy 10-word focus continued as I prepared to teach a Bible study based on my book at my church every week this fall.

I never imagined how a few words could change everything for me.

So for my last WordServe Water Cooler post for the year, I offer these 10 powerful words to you.

  1. REST. “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:5-7 NIV). This scripture offers an effective prayer strategy for speaking truth to the warning signs of worry, symbolized by the acronym REST: Remember. Exalt. Surrender. Trust.
  2. Remember. “The Lord is near” (Phil. 4:5 NIV). We take the first step in overcoming our negative thoughts by seeking the powerful presence of God in our lives.
  3. Exalt. “In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving . . .” (Phil 4:6 NIV). Praise can be a powerful weapon for us in our battle with worry. We can enter into God’s presence through praising Him (Ps. 100:4-5).
  4. Surrender. “Present your requests to God” (Phil 4: 6). In our day, the term “surrender” often means being taken into captivity. But in God’s kingdom, “surrender” suggests a renewed freedom from the enemy of our souls.
  5. Trust. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7). God promises to guard our hearts and minds with His peace. God gives us specific instructions about how to embrace His peace—by changing our mental focus and exercising our faith.
  6. Solitude. “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear” (Lam. 3:28-29 The Message). This scripture offers a powerful prayer strategy for stressful days. My writing life requires that I spend time alone without distractions. But at times, the isolation becomes my distraction.
  7. Silence. “Enter the silence” (Lam. 3:28). As we seek God in silence, the accuser (Rev. 12:10) always dangles threats and accusations.
  8. Prayer. “Bow in prayer” (Lam. 3:28). Prayer can be as natural as speaking with a good friend or as intimate as a whispered secret. It can occur at any time, no matter the circumstances. And God promises to listen when we call on His name: “And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours” (1 Jn. 5:15 MSG).
  9. Listen. “Don’t ask questions” (Lam. 3:29). How do you respond when someone won’t listen to you? Anger, rejection, or frustration? When Jesus instructed His disciples, He asked them on several occasions, “Are you listening to this? Really listening?” (Matt.11:15).
  10. Wait. “Wait for hope to appear” (Lam. 3:29). Waiting rooms can bring out the worst in us. Long periods of waiting hoist all kinds of emotional red flags—from impatience and worry to full-blown panic attacks. Reminders of past pain, traumas, and personal loss make our present trouble seem intolerable. The dark clouds roll in, and we can’t see the light of spiritual truth. However, waiting does not need to produce hopelessness for Christ-followers.

Do you have any “Words” that have changed everything for you?

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9 thoughts on “10 Words That Change Everything

  1. Powerful post, Karen. Your 10 really hit home with me, however, WAIT is the one I needed most.
    Have been dealing with a chronic health issue since September 22nd that should see significant resolution, but not until the middle of January. When I learned of this further ‘delay’ just before Christmas, it was a struggle to not be overwhelmed realizing I would have to continue living with the relentless pain until then. Apart from hope in the waiting, the present trouble would be intolerable. Thanks for sharing…and many blessings for a beautiful and peace-filled New Year.

  2. These are such important and healing words to remember. Thanks, Karen! My word this year was FOCUS on my writing. And it has brought good results. Next year, I will be looking up at what God is doing in my life and in the world. WONDER is my word for 2017!

    • Thanks you, Jarm! Encouraging to hear that you “FOCUS” brought good results with your writing this year. I love your word for 2017, “WONDER.” I pray 2017 brings miracles beyond your expectations! I plan to write about my word for 2017 in my next WordServe Water Cooler post. So stay tuned. Blessings!

  3. Excellent post, Karen. As you know, I love your book, Words That Change Everything, and I’ve fallen back on your wise words many times. Thank you for sharing your insights and gifts with the world — what we focus our thoughts on will change our lives.

    • God has blessed me beyond all my expectations this year, Anita. And I’m so grateful for your encouragement and support. I’m also looking forward to writing our book together this coming year. I pray God will continue to guide us and bless our efforts. Blessings on your work as you go forward in 2017.

  4. The passage about Solitude in this post holds true for me this year. It was a game changer of sort for me when things took shape. I cannot complain for 2016 treated me well.I’d call the year, Change.

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