Tuesday 1 January 2019

New Year New Word

Happy New Year

I have struggled to find a word for 2019 and as I am co-facilitating a group called Living Your Word of the Year 2019 I was getting a bit worried.

Right up until last Friday, it was a choice between JOY and WALK.

I couldn't get any peace about either word.  I even resorted to the 'opening the Bible randomly and pointing trick'!  First time I landed on Great Joy and the second time on a verse about pathways so I gave up on that.

On Friday morning I read Valerie's blog post where she included some questions, one of which was 'What do you want more of in your life?'  This isn't a new question to me but it spoke to me that day.

Roger & I went for a longish walk along the canal from Kingswood Junction to Lowsonford and back - stopping for lunch midway.  While we were walking I asked myself Valerie's question again.  Before we set out I had also read Ali Edward's post about her word for the year, HABIT.

As I walked along I pondered what habits I wanted to acquire not just in 2019 but as a lifestyle.  Several came up:
  • Read the Bible more frequently
  • Pray more regularly
  • Trust God more
  • Move every day (walk, exercise etc)
  • Create everyday
  • Finish things
At this point you might be thinking, as I was, how does this help?  Now there's another 6 words to choose from!!!!!  So I asked myself is there one word that would cover all of this?  And it came to me:

So there we have it.  A word to live by for this year and beyond.

And some verses to go with it!

Psalm 37:3-7
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;

And the opening page of my 2019 journal

Thanks for joining me today.

Join Our Inspirational Facebook Group: Living Your Word of the Year
Join Mary Brack, Valerie Sjodin and I in our Facebook group where we are giving participants the opportunity to live out an A-Z of their own word throughout 2019.  Mary explains what we are doing in her blog post. We don't like a lot of rules, so we will have suggestions and options to spark creativity, and to help in recording and exploring our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. We will each blog about our experiences and our art.

Hashtag on Social Media:  #livingyourword2019

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  1. Loved your process of finding your word. A good one for the year for sure. I chose FOCUS, similar to commitment I think. I was too scattered last year (my hubby's health has left me stressed and not focused on my art or writing). That needs to change and focus will help.

    1. I have a Pinterest board for Focus, Beverley https://www.pinterest.co.uk/msbernice7/focus/


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