Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Catch the Vision

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

Some do resolutions, some do one-words. For the past few years, I've been a one-word kind of girl. I focus on that word throughout the year.

Last year, my word was JOY, the year before it was STRENGTH.

This year the Lord has spoken the word VISION over me.

By definition, the word can mean several things:

  •  the ability to see : sight or eyesight

  •  something that you imagine; a picture that you see in your mind

  •  something that you see or dream especially as part of a religious or supernatural experience

I believe in having a vision in order to see victory in your life. Some may even call a vision, a goal.

Habakkuk holds the most famous verse on vision.

“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it." Habakkuk 2:2

Of course, in order to write a vision, you must first have a vision. This is where I like to set aside the first part of January to fasting and praying for that. I think many of us probably set aside a designated time for direction for the new year.

What do I see for this year? Moreover, what does God see and what will He reveal to me for this new year? It takes time, prayer and yes, even fasting to discover.

Let's look at Daniel chapter 10.

"In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long ;and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision." Daniel 10: 1

Daniel was given a message/vision and God revealed to him what it was. He understood. We need to seek God to give us vision and to understand it.

This vision (regarding a great war) moved Daniel to spiritual action. "I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." (2:2)

If you've ever heard of a "Daniel fast" this is where they get it from. He fasted. He denied himself rich foods. He didn't live to eat, but rather he ate to live during this time.

With fasting and prayer come great reward.

"Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude." (10:4-6)

Can you imagine!?! Many scholars believe this to be Jesus Pre-Incarnate, since other scriptures describe him the same. *the angel that speaks afterward who was fighting the Prince of Persia is not thought to be Jesus, but simply an angel.

Daniel experienced the glory of God in a way no one else around him did.

"And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves." (verse 7)

Why? He had prepared himself. If we want to experience Christ in even more glorious ways, we're going to have to prepare ourselves for it.

This year I want the "ability to see" Christ in new and even more glorious ways. I want a fresh vision. I want the vision of Christ--Christ-colored glasses on at every moment.

It'll take:
  • Consecration.
  • Inspiration.
  • Motivation.
  • Dedication.
  • Saturation.
  • Maturation.
  • Even at times an Operation (on my heart and mind) if I want VISION.

And I do. I really, really, really do. This year we'll look at the "-tions" together. We will catch the vision of Christ for our lives. As the body of Christ, and for our personal destiny.

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD…"

Feel free to pin this to your Pinterest board as a reminder!

Well, let's get to steppin and get God's vision for us this new year. I'm all about good plans and a future of hope.

How about you?

What is your one word or goal/s you've set for the new year? What do you want more of?


  1. Good stuff, Jess! I am so excited to watch this unfold. To walk this with you. To pray for your vision and to catch the one God has for me:)

    1. I'm thankful we're walking it out together, friend! So very thankful. :)

  2. Vision! Yes! You're so right about us having to come to the Lord. How blessed we are!

  3. Love this, Jess, and excited to see how you cover the -tions in your upcoming posts. Yay!

    I kinda-sorta picked a word--Deeper. And I certainly have some goals for the year. But for me, mainly...well, 2014 is going to be packed. And I'll admit, I've had a couple truly panicky moments just thinking about what's all going on in my life this year. But on New Years Day I spent a lot of time just reflecting and praying and I really had this sense of new calmness and like God was telling me I don't need a huge plan or a detailed calendar or this long list of goals. I just need Him--along with some good old focus and flexibility. So, I guess that's my main goal--taking it a day at a time, trusting Him, staying focused while flexible.

    1. I love what you're saying, Melissa. Having Him focusing us each day is sure way to move into His plan for us. Praying for you, friend. :)

  4. I love your 2014 word, Jess! There are so many things that go hand-in-hand with vision. It speaks of an attentiveness -- a conscious effort to notice. To keep our eyes open to both the large and small movements of God in our lives and others. It also makes me think of fearlessness, because sometimes what we see can scare our freckles white. But because we know God has our back. we keep our eyes open, on Him, and moving forward where He leads. I'm praying God allows you to see so much more of Him in 2014!

  5. I love your "word" Jess! I don't do a word of the year, per se, but I do post motivational ones around in my office, and yours is perfect. I also like the words that intertwine with "vision."

    Looking forward to seeing where our Father takes you this year!

  6. Seems like just last month you were sharing your "joy" one-word with us! Crazy.
    Vision--another good. Where this is no vision, the career perishes!
    I don't have a one-word, but I DO have a four page business plan. LOL!
    Hugs, girlie!

  7. I really should have slowed down on that last post. Or at least read it before hitting "publish." Shows the kind of morning I'm having!
    Now, I'm going back to edit this one... :-)


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