This past week, I was teaching my beginner’s Unlocking the Prophetic class when God nudged me to give them a homework assignment. “I want you to choose one word for the year of 2019. You will live by this word and make decisions by this word.” As the class took in my instructions, I had to reflect on all of the years that had gone exactly as God planned because I trusted Him to give me one word.
Normally toward the end of one year and at the threshold of the next, God will speak to me concerning what that year is supposed to be for me. Every year literally ends up being just that! Along with writing down the goals that God has given me, keeping this one word as the center and focus of my path has helped me to make better decisions, be more focused and see greater manifestations.
2014 - CHANGE
During this year, I had my valley experience in Sacramento, CA that truly changed everything about me. From this experience, I learned about all types of demonic entities and church follies that showed me areas I needed to grow and change in. This was the year that God dealt with me concerning my prophetic gifting. I also learned about going through a process to birth something amazing.
2015 - BIRTHING
In 2015, I gave birth to so many things - it was the start of Kendra Y. Hill Ministries and my appearance on Periscope. The engagement with that platform gave way to the KYHM you all know now. I birthed the Mogul Nurturing University - a program for aspiring entrepreneurs and wrote out the initial syllabus and lesson plans for Unlocking the Prophetic.
2016 - LOVE
Just as the number 16 means love biblically, that year taught me what true, unconditional love really means. And not because I received it - because I had to learn how to give it. A series of events led me to a place where I had to learn to love someone with no limits and no boundaries no matter how flawed they may be.
2017 - TRUST
Arguably one of the most difficult years of my life, God really taught me to trust Him in all things. The word could have also been faith - I was challenged in so many areas of my life. God literally went back to my conception and birth and erased every thing I thought I knew to teach me to wholly lean on Him in all things. Boy, did I need it for 2018!
2018 - POSITION
This has been a year of purging and pruning in order to get me in position for the rest of my life. Though I have had some extreme highs, I have also experienced some extreme lows which caused me to have to pull on the strength of every year before. I have lost so many people along this journey, but it was necessary to better position me - and them - to flourish.
2019 - BUILD
When I started praying and asking God what next year held for me, I didn’t hear anything. NOTHING. Usually, God makes it very clear what my word is so that I can go into the year with that mindset. This year was very different, but as I started to redirect my energy, attention and focus, I realized that God wasn’t telling me the word - He was showing me. “BUILD”. It was literally popping up in ads on Facebook, via Instagram posts and in Scriptures I was reading daily. Over the last two weeks, God has sent many confirmations that next year is all about building for me.
So, I shared all of that to say this: I challenge you to go to God in prayer over the next week and seek Him concerning your word for 2019. And then, focus all of your attention on making decisions around that word. If the choices you make don’t positively connect with your word of the year, it’s the wrong decision. Write the word down on a slip of paper and put it in your bible at Habakkuk 2:2. Now, this is not a substitute for writing the vision or goals that God gives you, but it is an accoutrement to what He’s giving you. If you want to share your word in the comments below or with me via email, feel free to do so. Let’s hold each other accountable to the vision God is giving us for 2019.
Remember, one word from the Lord can change your life!