Monday, January 4, 2016

In Which I Don't Have a One Word

As we've been busy pinning up our crisp new wall calendars and filling our uncreased datebooks with those all important birthdays and appointments, many bloggers have been sharing their plans and dreams for the new year.  I've eagerly been savoring your posts and have been inspired, intrigued, and occasionally fascinated by your carefully selected One Word, your resolutions and goals, all that God's calling you to do, to be, to accomplish in these 365 days ahead.

Truly.

But no, I don't have a One Word this year.  No resolutions to speak of.  And no great big goals ready to roll.

{sigh}


I've done the One Word thing in the past ... more than once.   Reveal showed itself in 2013 and the year of beautiful emerged in 2014.  And, sad to say, within weeks these brief bright sparks ended up being a quick flash in the pan and I completely forgot about the whole idea.

The UNword worked better ... 2014's whiny stayed with me for more months than I'd like to count.  Wonder why?

The bottom line is that unlike many of my writing friends' inspirational journeys, One Word never worked for me because it was simply a fun concept that made for some good blog posts that quickly morphed into dust in the wind.

I wasn't serious, I wasn't focused.  Those chosen words were not borne in my heart by true desire.

True desire at the soul level is the only motivation that causes our grand plans to soar.  By God's grace.

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I might not be heading into 2016 with a Word in hand, but here's what's on the forefront right about now ...

1.  It's time to work on our new house.
We moved into our new home last summer and have done very little to make this place our own.  Right now, my husband and I are looking at the necessary non-negotiables to make this house into a true home.  And we're also throwing around a few bigger dreams to see if our heads are in the clouds or if they could actually come to pass.

Built in 1989, this place is due for an overhaul.  My husband is a handyman extraordinaire and I'm the dreamer in sore need of some big jolts of creativity as I pin captivating rooms and beautiful inspirations on my private Pinterest board.  I'd like to think of us as a wanna-be Chip & Joanna.

{smile}

But before the fun stuff begins, I've got to finish unpacking and sorting, tossing and organizing what's left of our stuff.  We've invested in two sets of VERY heavy duty shelves that now reside in the corner of our newly painted basement.  Each unit holds up to 3600 pounds.  A bit of an overkill?  Probably, but it won't be long 'til all the piles disappear and clearly labeled Rubbermaid totes and cardboard boxes save the day.

Hopefully.


And looking ahead, I'm trying not to be overwhelmed with the zillion mind-numbing paint color options out there.  This shade whispers that it just might be the ticket to freshening up our living space and give us a clean palette to work with.  That it's the big color of the year is assuring me that it'll do the trick.

Again, hopefully.



2.  I'm headed off to a Women's Bible Study this week ... for the 1st time in a few dozen years.  
Yep, that's right.  Working, going back to school, and being deeply invested in ministry have occupied my days for many years.  Don't get me wrong, I've loved it.  But now I'm grateful for this lovely invitation that's been extended my way.  

After designing and leading countless groups for ministry leaders, clients, couples battling life-threatening illness, single parents, and counselors, it'll be a whole new experience to simply be a person for a change.


3.  I want to be available to my family.
For years, I lived by my red leather planner.  Many days were scheduled literally right down to the minute and my calendar was usually jam-packed with appointments, activities, and meetings.  My schedule is quite free in this season.  And I'm truly glad to be much more available to my family in whatever ways that may look like. 


4.  I don't have a clear future ministry vision. 
Friends, it's just not happening yet.  I'm not getting any bolts from the blue on what God has for me next with counseling and coaching.  And I'm ok with that.  I've learned the hard way not to run ahead of His leading.  I'm enjoying the conversations that I continue to have with a few current clients and have released it all into His hands.  

When He's ready to open the next door, I'll be there.  'Til then, I'm good with writing here in this space.  Continuing to try to transition well and do the work of grieving that emerges at the oddest times.  Gently leaning into each day without any kind of crazed rush and bustle.  Breathing deep.  And being content to explore that pathway of discernment that leads straight to His wise and merciful heart.

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Got a One Word, some goals, some resolutions?  Inspire us, please!




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Launching into 2016 with

80 comments:

  1. Linda: I may fuel the fire here but is it really all that bad to not be so focused on One Word and simply to allow the God who surprises to overwhelm you with His grace in ways you never knew? To sit and journal about what you are learning even in the mundane? I don't think so.

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    1. I absolutely agree, Bill. I said good-bye to One Word two years ago and haven't looked back. No point in investing focus and energy in something that isn't effective for you.

      Now ... overwhelmed with grace? Oh yeah ... that's where I want to be.

      Happy New Year, my pastor friend!

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  2. I love your blog and it is so good to have it delivered right to my email when it is written. You are a great writer.

    {via email}

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  3. Hello Linda, I always enjoy your blog posts and beautiful writing. Your one-word post was especially touching as I ponder and pause over my own blog publish button announcing my one word for 2016. You and I have shared a similar season of numbing, unexpected grief and I just haven't had the words or strength to blog for quite some time now ~ much to the chagrin of God's nudging. But God has whispered my one word along with a special assignment this year. I pray for courage, strength, and a servant's heart to click the publish button in His honor.

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    1. Dear Cheryl, I am touched that you have found this to be a safe place for you to land in your grief. It's interesting how blogging can help some work through their grief while it might not work at all for others.

      May you receive great delight as you 'click the publish button in His honor,' friend.

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  4. I laughed the moment I read your title as it's nearly a carbon copy (yikes!, there's an age reveal) of what I wrote about today. The One Word thing never worked for me either. I think we're both doing okay without it.

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    1. Carbon copy. Yep, I'd say we're in the same age range, Debby! So glad to know that I'm not alone in this ...

      And grateful that our paths continue to encourage each other!

      ;-}

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  5. Linda,
    I chuckled as I read because last year, I didn't pick a word as I felt I was still processing the previous 3 words (Open, Trust & Flourish)...but this year I felt the nudge to pick "JOY" ever so tentatively...Rest and being a "person" as you wrote in a women's study sounds like a grand idea with all the transitions you've had this past year...have fun dreaming and painting :-)

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    1. Don't you just love how God has knit us each together, despite our many differences?

      You just keep savoring those words, dear Dolly. For I see you living them out in your writing ...

      Blessings as you carry on!

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  6. Hello sweet friend and happy new year! I love that you wrap yourself around the unword just like last year. There is nothing wrong with that. You have a purpose and the invitation to join a Bible study must have been quite a gift.

    I am going the one word route again and write about it today on my blog. I wasn't sure that I was even going to be given a word after feeling like a failure last year. But God spoke through a friend and then I happened to read some scripture that aligned shortly after that. I will do it as long as God chooses a word for me. It can be a beautiful way to stay focused on Him. I have missed you! Hope your holidays were a blessing!

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    1. How was your son's wedding? DO TELL! Can't wait to hear all the details and see the mother-of-the-groom pictures! How good is God to have blessed your Christmas in such an extraordinary way, Mary!

      Glad to hear that feeling like a failure hasn't deterred you from forging ahead to where He's leading you. Be sure I'll be over to hear what your Word is.

      I just know it'll be a good one!

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    2. More is coming about the wedding!!! Putting everything into words is difficult!

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    3. Yay! I just can't wait to see those pics! You must have been absolutely radiant!

      ;-}

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  7. What resonated with me was your word 'content' in your last sentence. Maybe because that was my Word last year, or maybe that that is what I saw throughout your post--a contentment in creating your spaces while breathing in the moments with His presence. Lovely! I've been doing a word for the year for quite a few years now and it does work for me. Each decision I make during the year, I ask 'is this creating (my word) or decreasing (my word). This year is Confident. Am I reacting as a confident woman, or am I not? I don't believe there is any one method to create our dreams, complete our goals as God uniquely designed each of us, thankfully!!

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    1. What profound questions to ask yourself when you're not quite sure of the path, Lynn. I love that God can give us a holy confidence that we never could drum up in our own energy or ability.

      I'm glad you're here. Truly. Thanks for adding to the discussion today!

      ;-}

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  8. You may not have an official word, but what I keep hearing is "open." You're remaining open to whatever God wants to bring to you and ask of you in 2016. That's a beautiful thing, Linda! I know this will be a blessed year for you and for those around you because of you.

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    1. You got it, Lisa. Open, expectant, hopeful. It's a good place to be when you have no idea what's going to happen next!

      ;-}

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  9. I wasn't sure if I was going to have a word this year either, Linda. One came (satisfied), and God is already using it to direct me down some less-traveled-by and not-so-comfortable paths. But deciding that you aren't going to have one word is just as meaningful as finding one, I think. I wish you all kinds of joy as you go back to Bible study and as you and your husband start making over your house (shiplap, anyone?). :-)

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    1. I LOVE SHIPLAP!!!!

      Your wise words reflect the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote on my new calendar, friend ... 'do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.'

      You go, you trailblazer, you!

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  10. For the most part I just want to say I adore you. Like, I really, really adore you. I think of you so often and just wish we lived closer. Especially in this season I'm in. I know in any season a friendship beyond the online world would be so dear but even more so now when I long to sit with friends and just share deep but also have light-hearted laughter.

    And I had some laughter over this... "And looking ahead, I'm trying not to be overwhelmed with the zillion mind-numbing paint color options out there." I so get that. I so dis-like picking paint colors. Just ask my husband. We had about six different color samples on the bedroom walls and he finally had to make a decision and it wasn't any of the sample ones.
    Hugs to you.
    xoxo

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    1. You're a sweetheart, Beth! Wouldn't it be so cool to sit with a cup of tea this afternoon? I'd even share the last piece of mixed berry pie my daughter made!

      Now THAT'S a friend!!

      That we can connect online is surely better than nothing, but still ...

      Paint colors. Big decisions. All this is kind of daunting to me right about now. I think I'll go and start taking down the Christmas tree instead. And leave 1 final light in the window glowing bright ...

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  11. Whether or not we have a One Word doesn't really matter, Linda. We still together want to be open to God's love and work in our hearts and lives. :) How true this is - "True desire at the soul level is the only motivation that causes our grand plans to soar. By God's grace." I love that you are breathing deep and gently leaning into each day waiting for God to open doors. May God supply all your needs in this year - physical, emotional, and spiritual.

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    1. For sure, Trudy ... it's about being open to God's love and work in us and through us. I love the way you knit it all together with your heart-words. That He created us each so uniquely and creatively explains how we connect with Him in a myriad of ways.

      I'm grateful you're here, part of this community, friend. Let's see what He does in the months ahead!

      ;-}

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  12. The thing about choosing one word for the whole year is that it should be a good word which you can apply yourself to and keep focussed in. How about "Chocolate". Now that's simple, sweet and nice. And whenever you indulge in that product you're at least living up to your word. Better than a new year resolution.

    For me, the word would be Guinness, or Drambuie, or any whisky really. No ... I thought of a better one ... beer. I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow. I like beer, it helps me unwind and sometimes it makes me feel mellow. Whiskey's too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear. This little refrain should help me explain as a matter of fact I like beer. (Tom T Hall).

    I wonder what word God would choose for me? I think it's "Boo!" That should frighten me out of my sense of humour for a while. And it'll make Him laugh.

    God bless.

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    1. Chocolate. Yes, yes, yes.

      I gave my husband a Lindt chocolate snowman in his Christmas stocking. I think I'm going to see if he wants to share it right about now!

      ;-}

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  13. I don't put too much stock in One Word, but I did choose SnOoPyDaNcE!! for this year. Not quite turning out to be a dancing year so far, though...and I'm seriously thinking about throwing in the towel where it comes to trying to write fiction. That's as close to a resolution as I've gotten...recognize reality. It just isn't working.

    Don't know if God has better days for me ahead, but I'm still here.

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    1. Why not write what your heart's telling you to write, Andrew? A few words or a whole bunch, you just might be surprised what flows from your pen ...

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  14. Linda,
    New house, new paint, new Bible study...if not a "word", I'm sensing a theme here?! You also seem to be very "open" to the Lord's leading which is a good thing. So often I set these goals and God must smile because He has something so different and very often, much better in mind. Going forward with you into the new year with an open mind. Blessings to you sweet friend,
    Bev

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    1. You're pretty discerning, Bev! Thanks for the input. Yes, there's alot of NEW going on ...

      ;-}

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  15. I like this post because it's raw and honest, and, SIMPLY WHITE? LOVE.IT.

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    1. I'm just plain glad you're here tonight, Susan! Thanks for the thumbs up on the paint color. I need all the help I can get!

      ;-}

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  16. Ive never really done the one word thing, but if I did one this year, it would have to be health.. maybe. I dont know! I am too indecisive to settle on a one ANYTHING. lol. Also, we are buying storage shelves for our garage, and looking at some VERY similar to what you picked! Planning on getting 4 or 5 of them with tax return money... or Taxmas as I like to call it, haha! Happy New Year my friend! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Yep, these are killer commercial grade shelves, Gingi ... and not a whole lot more expensive than the regular homeowner kind. I hope to get all my excess stash stored there ... the rest will GO!!

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  17. So it looks like we were on the same page this week without words for the new year!!! And I just love all your wide open spaces in your mind and in your heart for the new year! A new study, new paint colors -- what more could a girl want??! I'm all in with you this year, friend, seeing what a glorious new year might hold as we enter it together -- without our one word!! :) xoxo

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    1. Ah ... I knew I wasn't the only one! I see I'm in very good company, friend ...

      ;-}

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  18. Hi Linda! (Simply White is the color of the year??)
    You know my one word, so I won't repeat that. I am hoping that this is the year that we begin to rehab our house too. We had hoped to do a major build, but it turned out to be too expensive. So...lots of redecorating to this old house needs to be done. Like me, it's tired!

    I think you've been through so much lately...God certainly knows that about you. Maybe He's letting you lie fallow for a time. Get caught up with life and family, and then someday, He'll reveal your next steps. No one cares for you more than He does, and He holds you close and tenderly. Enjoy this time of reconnection! It's as much a part of God's will as 'discovery' is for me.
    Happy Wednesday!
    Ceil

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    1. Would love to hear about your redecorating ... I need some inspiration! Maybe a post or 2? You have a beautiful way of weaving the dailyness of life and the spiritual into words that matter and cause us to think ...

      And thank you for the gentle reminder that God's will for us is unique and oh so personal, taking into account where we've been and where He wants us to go.

      I love that.

      So glad you're here, friend. Always!

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  19. You and Valerie were definitely two variations of the same theme! I love it! Way to be brave! (that's my word for 2016...I wasn't as rebellious as y'all were by bucking the trend and going without a word....haha) ♥ And I dig Chip and Joanna too..! Can't wait to see where God leads you - in your home, ministry and new rhythm of life-- word or no word, it's gonna be good! ♥ Blessings on you Miss Linda for a cup overflowing with His Love made special just for you this year. ♥

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    1. Oh yes, my cup overflows! Isn't God good to give us what we most need ... in abundance?

      Thanks for jumping on into the conversation, BRAVE Heather ... so very good to have you here!

      ;-}

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  20. I feel embarrassed that God has been prompting my word for this year to be "me". I ended 2015 burnt out and exhausted from graduations, the wedding and taking care of my parents. I never learned how to take care of myself and I feel a prompting to make time to go to the doctor, to read, to exercise or just to sit. I think that this would make me a better mom, wife, friend, co-worker in the long run. It's a strange direction for me.............

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    1. Gee, I think it's a terrific word, Val. We can't love others well til we love ourselves. Burnout and exhaustion sure do let us know that things are out of kilter.

      Been there. Done that!

      This fresh direction might feel strange, but you are worth investing in ... a beloved daughter of the Creator of the universe! I'm praying for you even as we speak ... be strong and courageous, dear Val ...

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  21. Authenticity always reads true. Independence of thought reflects deep thinking. Thank you for affirming the choice to walk a different path, to continue listening.

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    1. Wow, well thanks, Lisa ... you encourager, you!

      Your thought-filled words made my day ...

      ;-}

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  22. Linda, while I'm a one word and full of goals kind of girl, I'm reminded of a verse God is speaking to me from Isaiah 48:17. "'I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.'" The One who knows our hearts is the same One who knows what is best for each of us. Thank you for inspiring us to not go with the flow but to allow the Lord to lead us in His best for us. Sweet blessings to you, friend. : )

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    1. Oh yes ... I want to go with His flow and not the flow of the crowd, which, in social media, can be quite compelling! That old FOMO {fear of missing out} can pull us in directions that don't fit us well and just weren't meant to be.

      Welcome back after your holiday break! It's so good to see you again ...

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  23. Your writing has morphed into a sweet song of peace. Perhaps God is giving you time to write more and touch more lives? Wise decision to Wait Upon The Lord!
    Sweet Blessings Upon You, Friend!

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    1. I am loving the writing. No 2 ways about it.

      It's like I was born to do it.

      Thanks for giving me a bit of courage, Lulu ...

      ;-}

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  24. Hi Linda! I so resonate with not have "one word" for the year. I am new to these parts (only started my website May 2015), but as a fairly new retiree a) I did not sense a word like that from the Lord, and b) I am enjoying the new found freedom of retirement and it felt like it would be somehow limiting the year ahead. What I did hear was "leave it all on the field" as we were driving to visit our daughter and her family over New Year's. I look forward to seeing what He reveals about that.

    I identify with much of what you said as well when you noted joining a Bible study after leading in ministry in so many areas, etc., etc. I joined a small Bible study at the invitation of a friend made up of 7 women who meet in one woman's home. We come from several different churches. All of us have been in some form of leadership or ministry for many years, two are pastors' wives. It's refreshing for me not to be leading for a change even though we take turns leading the study we have chosen.

    I am enjoying getting to know you. You never fail to encourage me and I so appreciate your comments when you visit my website.

    Blessings on your day!

    Love,
    Pam

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    1. Thanks for hearing me about heading off to a women's study where I am just a person. It's so weird to be in this new role after creating and leading for so many years. But it's a healthy thing, too. Ministry has defined so much of who I am.

      Who am I without it? I'm just beginning to figure that out. It's not at all easy.

      So grateful for your kindred spirit response, Pam ... you GET it. And that means alot right about now ...

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  25. love your idea of gently leaning into each day and being available to your family, Linda. So important. May the Lord bless you and guide you during this time of transition. Kudos to you for making room for the women's Bible study. I FORCE myself to go to one (women I don't know that well, during our 9 month furlough home) and each and every time I'm so encouraged. <3

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    1. Betsy, yes ... it's so very hard to go into a new situation, a new room, with new people. I've found this to be one of the most difficult things about transitioning.

      Fortunately, I've been welcomed warmly each step of the way. God knew I needed that so.

      I hope you're finding that warmth, too, as you're home on furlough, friend.

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  26. Last year was the year I decided not to have one word, it worked out so well for me that I decided to continue my trend of not for this year as well. (although the phrase "just enough" keeps popping in my head as a prayer for the year. In all things I want God to give me just enough. I figure if he gives me just enough then it's enough) I'm hoping he also gives me lots of words to write this year, since last year the writing was fairly lean. A big part of my year will be focusing on my family and my health and trusting God's provision. Looking forward to keeping up with you this year.

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    1. I agree with your prayer, Teresa ... that God would give you an overflowing heart where words that make an impact come pouring out to bless all who are fortunate enough to find that treasure ...

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  27. Linda. I was pleased to see I'm not the only one looking for the "one word." I looked for something else. I asked Him a question. Just one. He answered me. I'm going to write in the next few days the question and answer about the new year. It is powerful, beautiful and treasured. Look forward to writing it. Oh! Loved the part where you're going to a Bible study. Sorry about you thinking you're going there as a "normal" person. You're not. You're a treasured person with precious stones of knowledge and wisdom to share. They will be blessed because the Lord send you there. Blessings, my dear friend. blessings.

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    1. I love a good question, Chris! Can't wait to see the unfolding of that sacred dialogue between you and the Lover of your Soul ...

      We all grow as we share our faith, as we encourage one another daily.

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  28. I actually love that you don't have a word, and that you wrote about it, because, really, the Christian life is lived moment-by-moment. It sounds to me as if you are planning to lean into that with looking your dear ones in the face, opening the Word for a daily planing of the soul, and the prayer-like-breathing that gets you from one task to the next. Blessings on all that you have in your heart to do!

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    1. Michele, thanks for that blessing, that encouragement to live moment-by-moment. There's a contentment in knowing that God has it all figured out. All we have to do is follow.

      Takes the pressure off, yes?

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  29. I don't have a word, resolution, or goal set for this year at all. That's unusual for me and for us as a family since we usually make a list of goals together for the year. I guess I should feel unsettled by that, but instead, I feel contented. It's a nice place to be. Happy New Year to you!

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    1. There's no better place to be than dwelling in contentment ... especially as a family! Maybe all those years of united goal-setting have paid off in allowing you to be in this peaceful place.

      Love this!

      ;-}

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  30. hi Linda! i LOVE this! i have not ever attempted to choose a word or make a new year's resolution... sounds like exciting times on the home-front! and sometimes it is nice to be able to step back... i hope you have an incredible 2016! and i do so appreciate your insight and encouragement!

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    1. Jandi, yes! Stepping back can be a very good thing ...

      ;-}

      It can serve to energize us to step forward in a very big way!

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  31. I love you, Linda. I hope you have a refreshing year that breathes fresh wind into all the right spaces.

    My word for the year is REST.

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    1. You're a sweetheart, Lyli! Let's hear it for a fresh wind, a moving of the Spirit in all our lives.

      Anticipating what God will do ...

      Rest deep in Him.

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  32. You've got a good list there, Linda! I hope the bible study was inspiring! It's sometimes challenging to move from leader to the being lead, but I know you will embrace this new season! Blessings on your week!

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    1. June, yes ... the Bible Study was inspiring. The welcome was oh-so-warm and the prayer time brought tears to my eyes. Looks like we're going to be working hard on 2 Thessalonians. I accept the challenge and the instruction gratefully!

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  33. I can relate to your post....well, at least the part about not having so many plans. I took it very easy blogging in December and am just getting back into the swing of it. I like leaving room open for what ever pops up.

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    1. I love what you said about leaving room open for whatever pops up, friend ... that pretty much sounds like life, doesn't it! I've learned to hold my plans in open hands.

      ;-}

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  34. Happy New Year..
    I'm not big on resolutions or words to focus upon for the year.. plans unravel and the let down is then to great.. I am trying to keep a few goals for the year but over all we will see how things go and then go from there. As long as we are healthy and together..

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    1. Welcome, Hena! I'm so glad you're here! I hear what you're saying about being healthy and together. That sounds like such a very good gift to me ...

      ;-}

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  35. I am so glad that you are pulling back the layers of this last year and now 2016 with slowness and deliberation, Linda. You know as well as I do, how difficult it is to move forward when there is grief and loss in our lives. You are dealing with far more than you or I can see. I pray about that for you each day and am so encouraged to hear that you are finding a women's Bible study to get involved in. I know finding those new church relationships can be scary and daunting at times--especially considering your bruised heart, my friend. I feel as if we are in similar seasons of life in so many ways. Gary and I are working hard to get our house ready to sell. Our youngest just moved to an apartment, so that's been part of my slowness in moving forward. But now, I have no excuses! Forward, march!! Watch out 2016! I'm running headlong into you! ;)

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    1. Slowness and deliberation. Ah yes, once again, you know me well, Beth. The bruised heart. Yes, yes. And to move ahead anyway to all God has.

      You are an oh-so-godly traveling companion and guide, friend. Please know that I'm beyond grateful for your faithful prayers and steadying hand.

      I'll be the same for you as you get ready to sell. This is not for the faint of heart, for sure!

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  36. Good for you. That's what living in grace is all about: rest in Christ. Thanks for sharing, neighbor. Blessings on your way!

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    1. Mari-Anna ... yes and amen to living in grace, resting in Christ. You've summed it up so beautifully and I am so glad you're here with us today.

      Blessings back to you!

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  37. I know many people have been blessed by focusing on a word for the year, but I have never felt led to choose one. God usually has much more to say to me and for me to work on than one word. :-)

    I do like to sit down at the beginning of the year, usually after everyone else has gone back to work and school, and evaluate and maybe set plans or make goals for the coming year. So far that hasn't happened this year! Hopefully this week.

    I love your thoughts here. Sometimes God does have those quiet times with Him in our lives. I'm thinking of Moses in the desert before God called him to lead Israel, and of Amy Carmichael, missionary to India, who was an invalid the last portion of her life. God still works in and through us during those times even though we're not necessarily in "active ministry" as we were before.

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    1. For sure, Barbara ... and maybe He's free-er to do His work when we're not encumbered by heavy duty schedules and endless meetings and engagements.

      I appreciate your presence, your insight. Thanks for taking the time to share a bit of yourself with us.

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  38. Like you, I've been feeling guilty that I don't have one word, no resolutions, etc. But I'm learning to say 'no' when needed and learning to refocus my life. Your goals look large and well thought out - so it seems to me that you're ON TRACK! :)

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    1. No guilt trip around here! Just a sense of freedom and ease into moving what God is showing us. It truly is a one day at a time journey, isn't it, Carol!

      Glad you've joined us here today!

      ;-}

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  39. I'm embracing the One Word this year, but not to the exclusion of listening daily for His leading.

    Oh, I have THREE of those shelves. THREE. They are pretty wonderful.

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    1. I like that word 'embrace' you used, Debby. If we wrap our arms around a gift, we're sure to hold on tight and make it our own.

      Cool.

      Yeah ... we probably could have used 3 shelves. I guess I'll have to live with 2. I'm about halfway done filling them. Kind of fun!

      ;-}

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

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