If you've been following me for a while, you know that I always choose one word to focus on each year. Or rather, a word chooses me! I'm never quite sure where the words come from, each year it is a surprise gift from God. Sometimes the word puzzles me or surprises me. (Honestly, I never did figure out why my word was Strength in 2013.) Always, after a year of pondering my word, I grow. This past year, my word was Grace.
But, alas, it's time to move on to a new word! I have been thinking about what my word should be for a few weeks now. Sometimes it's hard to turn off my own voice and listen for what God wants me to focus on. One word kept coming back to me and I fought it. I had this little chat with God:
God: your new word is imagine.
Me: doesn't that seem a bit shallow? Maybe I should choose something meatier? Something deeper?
God: Imagine. That's the word.
Ally: what are you going to do Mom, lay on the couch and dream all day? (this from the girl who chose FUNNEL CAKE as her word last year!)
Lest you worry that nothing will be accomplished in my household this year with me focussing on a less-than-productive word, rest assured that hubby has chosen ACTION as his word for the year. It's all good!
I auditioned other words but they didn't feel quite right. They just didn't stick! I'd think of something deep & meaningful (Leigh Anne has chosen the word Obedience! now there's a good, solid, challenging word, right?) and a few hours later I couldn't even remember what I had thought of. Just Imagine. sigh....
And for Christmas this year, Ally gave me this.....
I look forward to sharing the ways I choose to explore my new word throughout this new year. For starters, I'm scouring the internet for a perfect necklace that says "imagine" so I can have a constant reminder around my neck at all times (hey, a girl can always use more jewelry, right?). And the crafty Tuesday girls have a special project set for next week to help us kick off the new year. But I'm getting ahead of myself. More on that later!
For now, I can only begin to imagine where this is going to take me! Do you choose a word to focus on every year? I'd love it if you'd share it with me in the comments.
I had to laugh thinking how "shallow" my word was last year, but it was the perfect word for me in my life . . . and so much FUN! God knows what we need & when we need it. I'm looking forward to seeing where our "I" words take us this year!
My word for 2014 was DARE. I dared myself to step out of my routine and try new things all year. I had a blast learning new skills and having new adventures.
This year my word is CHALLENGE. I need to challenge myself to actually do some of the things I've been putting off for too long.
Hi Ellyn... I forgot that you chose grace for 2014, that is what I chose for 2015��. I am curious if you could share what bible studies you did on grace. Thanks!
I have a phrase this year. One Day at a Time. With my surgery late last year, I think you will understand why I chose this phrase. I can't think of one word that suits my purpose. If you think of one, I will switch. :)
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