My word for the year 2016 is listen. I've come to realize that God is speaking a lot more than I think He is. The problem is, my ears haven't been tuned in to His voice. I haven't been carefully listening. Even worse, sometimes I've heard Him loud and clear, but ignored what He said. This year, I'm focusing on changing both of those bad habits, the habit of not listening for God's voice, and the habit of not heeding what He says.
I chose the mountain photo for this verse, because in the Song of Solomon, chapter 8:14 of the Amplified Bible, (classic edition), the bride answers the call of her bridegroom and together they ascend to their home upon the mountain. How often have I been content with valley living, when my Bridegroom has been calling my name and wanting me to ascend to new heights in my relationship with Him? Yes, I've experienced some wonderful heights in my walk with Him in the past, but as long a there is breath in my lungs, there are new heights with Him for me to experience. This will only happen, if I respond to His voice when He calls me. God, give me ears to hear Your voice, and a heart that readily and wholeheartedly responds when You call.