“Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” ― C.S. Lewis
I'm still working on my goals for the year but thought I'd share this year's "word". I started choosing a word and Bible verse back in 2011 after reading about selecting each on a friend's blog. In 2011, I chose "faithful", and in 2012, "Hope". My mother's word has been "HOPE" since 1994 and one she continues to hold dear to her heart until her youngest daughter, Heidi Allen, is found.
I write my "one word" and "Bible verse" on a bookmark that I tuck into my Bible. I've found this is the best way to remind myself throughout the year of the word and verse. I'm embarrassed to say I can't find my 2013/2014 bookmark. I've checked my favorite Bibles and it isn't there. I'm wondering if it's tucked within a book I was reading this summer. After wasting almost an hour searching, I decided to move forward with my word for 2015.
In order to pick a word to motivate, inspire, and encourage you throughout the next three-hundred plus days, you must use all the information you've reflected on for the days (or possibly weeks) leading up to the end of 2014.
Ask yourself, "Where do I see myself one year from today?", "What is a word I find myself saying when I talk about the future?", or "Will this word keep me focused to follow God's plan for my life?"
It's only after asking yourself some questions and spending time in prayer that you can determine just the right word for the new year.
After reflecting on last year's events, I struggled to choose a new word. "Faithful", "Hope"x2, and "Trust" continue to be one-words to carry me forward. While many moments were spent on the deck, at my parent's kitchen table, and surrounded by friends as we waited to hear if my sister's body was found...faith, hope, and trust were necessary parts of my prayers and being.
Since this past July, life has swirled in emotions, questions, and nightmares similar to those of the early nighties after Heidi's kidnapping on Easter Sunday, 1994. I've narrowed my "one-word" to two, "courage" and "strength". So, since the act of picking one word is an individual mind-set, I'm choosing two this year.
My Scripture Verse for 2015...
We do not know what we ought to pray for,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God."
Romans 8:26-27 NIV