Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2 Weeks Later and I Have Just 1 Word.

So... When I opened my blog page this morning, it was still wishing me a Merry Christmas. Yikes! Time to get back at it! I will say that I had a great week plus of stepping back from my computer keeping my cell phone tucked away in my bedroom where I wouldn't check it constantly. It was amazing how much more face time I got with my family.

But now they're back in their routines, so I should be too.

Happy New Year! Okay, so I'm a little bit late with that too. Do you make Resolutions each year? I will be honest, I do not. I really don't enjoy knowing at the beginning of the year what I will feel guilty about come July. Or February. I am no good at sticking with resolutions. Having said that, I do try many times throughout the year to improve myself or become a better person. I just don't save it for January 1.

So, what to do instead? I was reading my good ol' friend Bina's blog last week ( yeah I snuck in a blog read now and then, so sue me) and she introduced me to the idea of a word of the year.Alece at Grit and Glory actually came up with it and I am jumping on.  One. Word. Not a sentence or a paragraph or an explanation. But ONE. WORD. to be your theme. I have done a verse a year, but never a single word.

I like it. I can try this, I decided. But what word?? Hers was "believe". Ooohh.. Yeah, I like that one... oh, I should come up with my own huh? That was where I was worried. So, of course, I went to God. What should my word of the year be? What do you want me to work on this year? What word can I do for YOU, Lord?
I let my prayer go and went about my business. As I drove home from Nebraska Monday morning, I ended up doing what I always do... humming a song. Not just any song. The same song that is always in my head. When I mow, when I clean, when I drive, when I shop. I don't know why, it just is always there. And that is when God gave me my word for the year.


I don't claim to know why He chose this word for me. I do know that I love a good story. I know that everyone has there own story. I know that God is the author of those stories. I know that God is working hard to help me write my own story. Or I'm working hard to read it, I'm not sure which.

I will come back to this word often in the coming year and see what God's been up to with my word.
Will you join in in seeking God's word for your year? What would your year be?

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long


Bina said...

Love it my friend! Can't wait to gear what He is gonna teach you thru it!!

Peggy Arteberry said...

Love that song! I'm looking forward to seeing what He has to say....

Diane said...

Super interesting! Hmmmmmm. :O)

Karen said...

Alicia, love your word!! Keep tabs all year long on that word and see how God uses it in your life. Great hymn!

My word? My head has been thinking and seeing the word, "surprises." So if I have a word, I think that's gonna be it. The Lord always does that with me, anyway. :)

Amy DeTrempe said...

I've come across this on a few blogs. I love the idea, just haven't thought of a word, or one hasn't been sent to me yet.

Gabby said...

One word for your word?


Duane Scott said...

Can "story" be my word for this year too? I just LOVED this post.

Graceful said...

I like your word, Alicia -- it's so original. I am looking forward to seeing how it plays out in your life.

Kimberly Rae said...

I look forward to reading all about God's Story for you! What an awesome word.. and what a great idea.

Anonymous said...

YES! i wrote about "story" today on my blog... such a deeply resonating word...