Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

New Year Word for 2014


9-16 on the roadLast year, I chose a word for the first time. The Lord impressed upon me the word Journey for 2013. When I decided on that word, I thought it had to do with my writing career, and I think it did to an extent. But my son’s mission to Africa has taken focal point for all of our family since he committed to the mission last April. By then, I’d completely forgotten about my word. So when I looked it up again last week to prepare for this article, the word shook me to my roots.

God knew the hard journey all of us would take with my son’s departure and his challenges in his villages of Côte d’Ivoire. I had no clue of the challenges, but He knew and prepared us for them.

So this year, I thought I would use the word, Hope as my focus. But as I researched the word, I changed my mind.

Hope has a big IF in the meaning. “I hope that I’ll publish a novel,” or “I hope I can win the contest I entered.” It gives a negative aroma to the word.

But I learned that the spiritual word, Hope, doesn’t have the IF aspect. The word, when used in the Bible relates waiting. Full stop – waiting? When I think about that, my mind goes to the negative elements of waiting. I swear, half of my life is spent waiting and not in a good way. 

  • traffic
  • grocery lines
  • publishing patience
  • for phone calls
  • for kids

So first I have to deal with the big ifs and then with waiting. This word wasn’t giving me much to “Hope” for, if you know what I mean.

As I further investigated, I found that the waiting has the feel of expectation, assurance. What I’m waiting for will happen. Just like the Messiah would come.

If God ordains it, He will make a way. This was the theme, and a prominent line, in the musical “Two From Galilee” that I and my family performed in earlier this month. That line has stayed with me for weeks. In fact, it challenged me all year long 2013 since we did the same musical last Christmas.

“Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

This hope-type of waiting isn’t the patient-building waiting that traffic and lines are. This is the happy anticipation that the task is already completed and the Lord will reveal it at the perfect time. Still, that word, in my own mind, sparks a giant question mark. I can’t get past the If-factor that the word has come to bear.

So my word for 2014 isn’t hope. My word gives a more positive twist toward the true meaning of the scriptural word. ANTICIPATION is my 2014 word. Of the revelation of God’s plans for my career, my effectiveness, even the future of my children and my family. And to that end, I’ll be ready and prepared for what the Lord brings. Like a farmer preparing his field for rain under a cloudless sky. 

Your Turn: What word has God impressed upon your heart this year?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

4 thoughts on “New Year Word for 2014

  1. I have a twist on hope for you. Marji.
    During a drought hope and faith both pray for rain. The only difference is that faith carries an umbrella out the door with him.
    Anticipation is a good word to carry into this new year. I’m dreaming of places I’ll do book signings from the proposal I’m preparing to send out this very minute from a request from the Blue Ridge Conference.
    Perhaps we’ll share a table as two new authors. 😉


    • I’m all over it!
      Yeah, that is sort of the feeling I get with Hope as well even though in the original language it spoke with more assurance. I love the illustration!
      Save me a seat at your book-signing table!


  2. I like that word, ANTICIPATION! Definitely connotes that you’re expecting good things! I know what you mean on the waits. The one good thing about most waits is that they’re a season. Might be a LOOOONG season, but it does usually end. Except our wait for heaven–doesn’t end until we do! Definitely something to anticipate! Happy 2014, Marji!


    • Good point about the waits. Anticipation/expectation remind me of the old song, “Fingertips and Noses” about an Appalachian school and how when the kids first heard about Jesus they couldn’t stay away from the window. How we are supposed to have the same attitude of childlike expectation. I love the picture it draws!
      Blessings on you and your family in 2014!