Saturday, January 2, 2016

My ONE WORD For 2016 Is....

My ONE WORD for 2016
Like many, I am choosing ONE WORD for 2016 rather than writing a list of New Year Resolutions. This year when I casually asked God to let me know what my word would be, it came a few days later as I sat down at my desk once again to work on my book dream. 

I resisted at first. PERSEVERE is not very exciting, romantic or emotional, you know? It's not FAITH or TRUST or JOY. And it even LOOKS severe! 

But I have several areas that need inner determination. Lots of things that need to happen and they will not just happen because I wish upon a star or pin them to my Pinterest board.  I have done too much of letting life happen to me in the past. I can go with the flow. But as I approach my 61st birthday next month, I sense a new drive to be a little more proactive.

The first and most obvious item on the list is the publication of my book. I never thought I'd be an early morning writer, but lately when I wake up, my first thought is the book. So I slip out of bed and into my robe. I walk through the cold house and turn on the coffee on the way to my office. Layla follows me and plops herself on the extra chair across from my beautiful writing desk. 

I make myself open the manuscript file even if I have no clue what else to do to the words there. I've been over and over them so many times, it is almost memorized. Some mornings I work for only 30 minutes, but other days I am in that little office for a few hours before beginning my day. And those mornings feel GLORIOUS!

"to persist in anything undertaken; maintain purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles,     or discouragement; continue steadfastly."

My stomach actually feels nervous and queasy when I imagine hitting PUBLISH on my project, but it has to happen...and only I can do it. No one can do this for me. So each morning I am going to put my butt in that chair and do the best that I am able. 

I am going to persevere. 

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12 comments:

  1. What a perfect word for you this year! Yes, you WILL persevere...and God will see you through to reach the goals that HE has planned for you! There may be some surprises along the way, but we pray they will all be pleasant and that will reach home base in record time and with the crowds cheering you on to victory! I'll be in the stands watching and cheering for certain! Happy New Year my persevering friend!!!

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  2. looking forward to your book and how persevering plays a role!

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    1. It will not happen without it. Thanks for coming by Kel.

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  3. Great word choice Suzie. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Barbie, praying that your year ends better than it is beginning.

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  4. Susie--I'm 63 and decided this year, also, I need to be more intentional about my writing. I'm actually making out a schedule! I think when we create the space for it, God shows up and voila! we might have something....
    Best of luck~may He bless your words.

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    1. I agree. That is what finally helped me get serious. Setting a schedule and even being willing to adjust it when needed but still make time for writing most days. Thanks for the blessing!

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  5. Great word! I know you will persevere and it will bring forth the fruit which God desires. Happy New Year. Love you.

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  6. Persevere: "It even looks severe!" I may never forget that! (Made me laugh, right off!) Yeah, it looks severe, and isn't very romantic, but it's a really good word. God bless it! And you, through 2016 and your endeavors in it.

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    1. Ha! Thanks Sylvia, yes it is a good word, though not as mushy as I was hoping for. But it's the right word for this year in many different ways.

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