When I received it, I turned to Mrs. Pastor and recounted what God had said to me and how He has used them twice to reiterate it and how he used another person too.
Talk about reinforcement via repetition...
Then last year, He gave me this verse for 2018 is Exodus 14:14
"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." (NIV)
Now it was evident that being "still" would be key to my #victory in 2018.
As this year has progressed - challenges and all - I've continued to remind myself that God has instructed me to "Stay/stand still." According to Google, "Still" means "not moving or making a sound" (as an adjective) and "deep silence and calm" (as a noun).
In my opinion, I believe that I have done a really good job in being still but now and again I have asked myself "How still is still?" I noticed that I was really carefree ("free from anxiety or responsibility"*) and care-less (without a care) not careless ("not giving sufficient attention or thought to avoiding harm or errors"*) in my attitude due to my trust in God.
Now and again my husband would say to me "their strength is to sit still."** Even though I agreed with him, the question "How still is still?" was still top of my mind. As I pondered on this, the Holy Spirit reminded me that being still does not mean that I should be inactive. Actually what He said was that I must keep busy "sowing" from a place of strength not from a place a stress. Now that made sense to me because the deep calm and confidence that you will get a harvest comes after you have sowed...
**Isaiah 30:7 - For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still. (KJV)