Here is the post I have been putting off for ever so long.
My #OneWord365 post.
If you are not familiar with One Word, take a moment to check it out. It is a brilliant idea. The quick way to explain it is this – you find a word and focus on it for the whole year. You really concentrate on it and apply it to your life.
It was tough year.
In December while doing our morning walking routine with my two dear friends, Alicia upped the whole One Word thing and said we needed to think of a verse to go along with it.
I was already having a hard time choosing one word so the entire idea of a verse thrown in there was just added ugh to the whole word thing.
I was stuck.
In the midst of finally deciding on a word and a verse, I kept accidentally saying another word and it happened enough that I paused and realized that I had found my word.
Just to make sure, I took the time to read this blog post about the process of finding a word. I was right on target.
So, I give you, my One Word for 2015, complete with my verse to start out on.
A friend asked me recently for a recap of my word Change from 2014. When I felt the word Change was my word, I had tingles of excitement and a feeling of fear all at the same time. What would this year hold?
I have always loved the entire idea of a new year. Of a new start. Of new pages to be written.
2014 was tough. Tough to the point that I hated the word change. And I wondered what on earth God was up to. While on the outside things are truly great. Our family is healthy. We are well. No major catastrophes. Good, no, great things happened this past year. But it takes strength to admit that 2014 was emotionally one of my toughest years. And the changes I experienced in 2014 are going to effect 2015’s year of Strength, there is no doubt.
In December I read a new book by my dear friend Rebecca Lee Gates. I would think the book is wonderful just because I think my friend is wonderful but it really was a punch of a good read and just what I needed to hear. I could see Rebecca sitting across the table from me as we played a game of cards telling me the very things she says in this book. Things I needed to hear and take to heart. As Jon Acuff tells us
“Read great books, but when you do, take great notes.
Read great books, but when you do, ask them great questions.
Read great books, but when you do, change something about your day.
Don’t fill your shelves with great books while leaving your heart empty.
– See more at: http://acuff.me/2014/12/4-types-non-fiction-books-kind-read-2015/#sthash.RUQTljvA.dpuf “
I need to go reread Rebecca’s book to take notes in it. I read it the first time just because I was so happy for her. I did not expect the book to stab my heart. Now I need to dig deeper into her words and take notes. I didn’t want to do that to HER book but it’s so good I have to.
Click the cover to add it to your goodreads “to read” list.
When I finished the book I noticed the verse on the cover, “Act like men and be courageous: grow in strength!” 1 Corinthians 16:13
So that will be another Strength verse this year. Because I think I am going to need a LOT of verses this year.
But I wanted to start out with Joy.
My word I first thought I would concentrate on was Believe. I wanted to believe all that God tells me and hold fast to it. But it didn’t stick like I knew other words had. I really wanted my word to be Joy. I needed joy so desperately. And that Twila Paris song was stuck in my head, the one I hadn’t heard in years and how on earth I even knew it was a Twila Paris song is beyond me. It just kept going over and over and over and over in my head. Annoyingly beat your head on the wall so.
And that is how I began to stumble over the word Strength instead of Believe.
So, I am in for another journey. And I believe still that God has my best planned if I follow and trust Him. I just wish He would say “DO THIS AND THIS WILL HAPPEN” and I would be all skippy happy joy joy “Good, that works for me!” and happily go down that yellow brick road. Instead I have to fret and worry and hope against hope I am doing the right thing.
For January I want to concentrate on the part of strength that is joy.
What is your one word?