For the past several years, just as the new twelve month period was dawning, I have chosen a word to help me navigate my way, reasoning that if I got a plan in early, before the shadows formed on my daily habits, focus would be offered as I walked through each day. Keeping the word before me, I hoped to remember and allow it to become a part of my thinking. This "choosing-of-the-word" became quite the production as I found myself asking God to give me a word, perusing lists of words other people have used, and waiting for inspiration.
The first year "deliberate" was my word of choice. I sincerely wanted to take time to deliberately go after some of the deeper issues that had been pushed aside for so long. Using the book, Strength finder, a variety of personality tests, time with a life coach, leading and participating in The Ultimate Journey class (through Christ-Life Ministries in Des Moines and at House of Hope), gave me many tools for this "digging." More than that. I feel Christ made possible an internal transformation that enabled me to have a healthy, realistic self love. I was opened up to life and to God in new ways.
So the next year "flourish" was my chosen word. Of course, if what I learned was true, then it was time to blossom! When I look back on the goals of that word and that year, I was delighted to find many aspirations realized along with blessings bestowed.
Here we are in 2014 and a new word is calling me to higher dreams. Only this year my word makes me a bit more uncomfortable because you, dear reader, are going to see if I make progress. I feel hesitant to even pick this word due to the amount of pressure I feel from it. But...here goes. My word for 2014 is WRITE.
Now you might think, what is the big deal? She writes! She does OK and why would that word be hard for her??
Well...I enjoy longing for time to write. I love to think about writing. I delight in reading what I have written. But to actually sit down and spend regular, scheduled, deliberate time writing has not been an easy habit to develop. Immediate needs get prime time as deadlines get top priority. But this year begs to be different. Scheduling time every day to write/journal is very difficult for me. But hopefully a habit will develop and out of it will come some blogs and, if I dream big, foundation building toward memoir. Would you be willing to pray for me in this desire?
I picked a verse also this year. 2 Corinthians 3:3 You show that you are a letter from Christ ... written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
From this I wrote a "mission" statement:
I will, by the Spirit of the living God, write words that flow from my love for Him. May they and I be read from tablets seen truly by the heart.
Yes, I pray that this may be so.
I quote Larry King: "Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts."
I have a few "writing" books on my reading list but am looking for good memoir for true inspiration. Does anyone have a recommendation?
Have you chosen a word for this year? I'd love to know it and will pray that God uses it to bless you in the year to come.