Monday, December 31, 2012

Good-bye 2012, Hello 2013 - ONE WORD


January of 2012 I came across a lovely blog called Only A Breath by Melanie. She was offering to create a unique blog button to remind us of the ONE WORD that would describe the year we were were about to enter. We are welcome to choose the word any way we want.

I asked God about this and a word immediately came to me. I was not happy with the word, you can read more about that here. How exciting could the word "Trust" be?

But the year 2012 taught me so much about trusting God and trusting myself. I learned that the act of trusting is not passive or boring. Later in 2012 I put it into practice by spending a month intentionally looking for at least one evidence of joy in every day. My blog turned into a wonderful place to explore the joy I found all around me for 30 days in a row. 



Trust was my watchword for 2012. I believe that the simple act of choosing ONE WORD as a New Year resolution gives us the ability to look for it every day. A long list of good intentions can sometimes lead us into a cycle of failure and self-condemnation.....so not fun! But ONE WORD is a visual reminder in the sidebar of our blogs or as a background on our lap tops. It becomes an integral part of our year, showing up in surprising places and jumping out at us as we read scripture, books and blogs. Conversations become peppered with the ONE WORD over and over again.

The question is: Is the ONE WORD showing up every where because we chose it or did we choose it because it was already our lesson for the year? I don't know. For me, prayer is my key to the word. Not long or agonizing striving. Just a simple, "God, what is my ONE WORD for this new year?" Next thought that came was this .........................


More about this tomorrow, 1-1-1013!

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A good friend of mine has organized a beautifully simple, but powerful way to begin the year 2013 by making a difference in the horrendous human trafficking system. He calls it ONE PRAYER - MANY NATIONS. Thousands all over the world will be praying a united prayer for the victims tomorrow January 1 at Noon your time. 

He explains it better than I, go to Ignite the Fire to read the background, purpose and for a copy of the prayer that can be prayed word for word or used as inspiration or trigger. (Can also find it on Facebook at BHH International.

Most of us have had at least one prayer answered. What could happen if we all joined together for one prayer,  for one minute, on one day? Will you join me?
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7 comments:

  1. I "embrace" the choosing of a word each year, and my word for 2012 is Listen. I am thinking about which word will be mine for 2013. I love this idea and prefer it to making resolutions, so I am with you on this.

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  2. Love your new word. This is both a strong word...and a comforting word. I look forward to seeing how God will apply this to your life in 2013. This is going to be a powerful year...I feel it embracing us already.

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  3. Embrace has such a dual meaning: to be loved and love, like a hug, and to be open to newness, walking through open doors without fear. Great word. My word this year is Wait. Wait on God. And that isn't a passive, victim word, but it is a word of patience, trust, anticipation, hope. I will act on opportunities and wait for God to act on behalf of my heart's desires.

    I can't wait to see how God reveals his embrace in your life. All blessings and joy to you for 2013.

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  4. I think you know how much I needed this tonight. Love you and thank you....

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  5. Susie, I love this idea, too! What a good reminder of where our focus needs to be in the coming year. I think I know what my word will be...

    Happy New Year!

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  6. one word that means a lot in this world. You are so right Trust is a word that we must have

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  7. Love this. Praying now for my word...

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