My days of lengthy lists with ambitious resolutions for the new year have long slid to the wayside. Like many, I always forgot the lists almost as quickly as I made them. Or found that the lists were just repetitive, basically untouched from the previous year.
Several years ago I found myself choosing one word instead of making lists. One word that would be the focus of my attentions, intentions and prayers. One word that pointed to a direction I wanted to head, or a state of heart and mind I wanted to be in.
Last year my one word was contemplate. For me, that meant contemplative prayer. And a contemplative approach to my day to day. It was the best word that ever could have touched my heart, as it seeped into the very core of my spirit. And led me to a closer relationship with God, a far better perspective on life around me, and strength and conviction that carried me through awesome challenges. I carried that word to my bible study, to my reading and in my prayers.
The year before that, my word was simplify. Which we did in almost every aspect of our lives. (I say we as when I undertake, we all undertake in this house!) Some actions in great leaping strides, other gentle motions. We truly moved mountains that year. It was a year of both physical and spiritual change. With gains and lessons learned that we could not have dreamed of.
This year I'm led to the word grace. And 'led' I am, as I'm quite sure this is the word that has been placed in front of me, for reasons yet to unfold. Grace I always pray for. And humility. Those are probably the two most prayed for things on my list, actually.
But what does grace mean? I know through the grace of God I have been saved. It is a gift given to me freely, nothing I have earned. And a gift we cherish and cultivate. How much more is in that word for me this year I honestly don't know. But it is through His grace that I pray to magnify His name in all that I think and do. And to build on the firm foundation has been set forth in our humble lives. We will see how the rest unfolds.
We have many unanswereds in our lives just now, my husband and I. But are faithfully taking each day as it comes, knowing His plan is being revealed in good time. And with this, grace is my one word this coming year. I will focus on it in my readings, prayers and bible study. I'm excited to see where it leads, what it teaches and how lives are blessed.
What word are you led to choose this year? I hope you will feel comfortable sharing here in this space, today or in the days to come. For in the sharing of our thoughts, many lives and hearts are touched.
Wishing you a blessed and safe New Years! xoxox
Disclaimer: I did not invent this approach :) Many people do 'one word' all over the world. And have incredible stories that they share as a result of this approach rather than the list of resolutions. My One Word by Mike Ashcroft is a good book to start with if you want to learn more. Other authors have as well, although I can only speak to this particular book. Not a book reader, the corresponding website can be found with speed read info at My One Word website.