Shift by Julie Arduini

I have a prayer partner and dear friend who was living a comfortable life with her family in October. A week or so later her husband received a job opportunity that was obvious it was something they needed to pursue. They prayed, we prayed, and by Christmas the husband was established in the new job in another state, their house closed in the original state, they moved into their rental and last I heard, found the dream house and the offer accepted.

It was a literal shift from one state to another, one career to another, and much more in six weeks flat.

We laughed when she asked what God gave me for the word of the year and I announced, “Shift.”

A year or so ago I read a prayer article that mentioned the word and it really resonated with me. Readers were encouraged to be ready for God to shift people in a whirlwind to a new location, like my friends, for Kingdom purpose. That the Body of Christ will shift not because God changes, but it’s time to get back to basics. Families will shift. For me, we now have a son that is married and living with his wife. We have a daughter that is living a new life post high school full of opportunities and growth.

And—Vicki asked me to move from my Wednesday slot to Friday.


I sense the word will be much more than my life, but something I’ll observe on a global scale. Notice world leaders stepping down or passing away? Remember pre-pandemic how most everyone worked in offices? Now I’m hearing that many are working remote, not because of sickness but they found it worked better. My husband is one of those. It’s a definite shift from how things used to be done.

So here I am. It’s a Friday, and my first post in this slot. An easy shift to make.

Because I think more is to come, I asked God what verse should I pay extra attention to in conjunction with shift.

John 13:7, ESV: Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”

What a precious verse. For me, I’m always asking questions. I want to know everything, and God doesn’t owe me that. I sense with all the ways shift will most likely take place, this verse will keep me focused on Him and not my questions.

How about you? Does this word speak to you? Verse? What’s your word for the year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, +four more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at
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5 Responses to Shift by Julie Arduini

  1. Eric wright says:

    This resonates deeply with me, not only for 2023 but it has repeatedly characterized my life seeking to follow God’s will.

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  2. Vicki Hinze says:

    Resonates with me, too. Everything has shifted and continues to shift. Change. Back to basics is what goes with it to me. As did your following His guidance and understanding and leaning not to our own. Lovely post, Julie. Thanks!

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