Happy New Year! I love the fresh start of a new year! It’s like a blank canvas dancing with joy at the thought of paint about to splash and embrace it. Feliz Año Nuevo 2016!
If you know me, you know I like to have dreams, goals, plans, ideas… For years I’ve picked one word as a guiding word, a word of inspiration for my year. If you haven’t heard of this thing called One Word basically it’s what I just mentioned a guiding word that you choose to focus on throughout the year. One Word that defines what you would like to do more of or how you’d like to change.
I’ve done it personally for myself and with our kids (I share here about doing this with kids) in the past years. We’ll be choosing One Word again this year as a family, last year we did this Wishing Wand activity and I loved it but One Word is much more simple and I think our youngest can understand the concept behind this now where I don’t think he would’ve last year.
The One Word I chose this year is totally appropriate for my adventure filled mind. You’re supposed to choose a word that will challenge and this word does this for me in so many ways because though I’m adventurous I’ve missed many facets of what this word really means. I’ve bypassed discovering bits and pieces of who I am and I’m only acquainted with parts of me. I’ve missed seeing how beautiful and wonderful my life already is. So my word is–
My hope is to unravel this word and walk the journey of what it means to open my eyes to the little miracles around me, to discover the bits and pieces of what it means to be whole–NOW. Not when my kids get older. Not when I lose 10 pounds. Not when I start… but NOW He has made me whole. I want to spend this year dissecting the many layers of this word for my life.
I hope the eyes of my heart become trained to see the beauty, smiles, cries, hurt, laughter… that transpire throughout the days and remind me that they are a part of me. They are mine and I am theirs.
I want to uncover under the piles of laundry, what my art is–what I’m passionate about. You know I love creating with my hands, my mind, my body, my every being and I constantly find outlets to release this inner creative beast within me but what if there’s territory that hasn’t been discovered.
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy. Break up your fallow ground. For it is time to seek the Lord, till he comes and rains righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12
What if I haven’t given Him my all–because of fear. What if I’m only doing and enjoying what’s safe and easy? God wants all of me.
I want to discover prayer (this has been on my goals list for over 10 years). Though I pray and I’ve tasted and seen His goodness in the midst of it, more often than not, I settle for those little nuggets of goodness and don’t dig deeper. I want more of Him!
I want to unveil some of the parts of me that have been left buried in the midst of motherhood and life as we know it. Not a new me but the me that’s always been there waiting to be discovered. I don’t want to be confined by the walls I’ve built around myself. Walls that started off to provide safety and healthy boundaries but somehow ended up doing the opposite. I want to spend more time piecing the experiences, skills, giftedness, desires, friends and family that make up a part of the world I’ve been blessed with, the people that I love and surround me.
I want to discover my boys and their quirks and the bits and pieces of what make up who and how God’s made them not what I hope for them to be. I want to see them how God sees them, not through MY lens of hopes and dreams.
I would love to dive in to discovering more about eating in a holistic way. To think through my eating habits in a way where I’m not just pondering about how fattening this can be.
I don’t just want to walk alongside of my husband but I want to dive in and learn more about him and about us as a couple. I want my eyes to see how amazingly awesome he already is. He’s mine! He is His and that makes him even more amazing.
I don’t want to make the mistake of going mad discovering new things and waiting for the next thing that unfolds. I want to learn to stop and savor what’s before my eyes and what the Lord is unraveling in front of me.
Savoring takes time. Discovering takes time. So I’m envisioning this is the beginning of journey that will hopefully last a lifetime!
So what’s your One Word?