Oh, how I am anticipating the coming year!
Not trying to rush things, mind you, or living for the future, but oh-so-very-excited about what may be in store. Or at least content that my attitude is off to a good start.
Because my Word of the Year for 2017 is Joy!
You see, I’m what I call a “recovering resolutionist.” I used to be one of those people who spent varying amounts of time, year after year, coming up with a range of New Year’s Resolutions. When/as it became apparent that keeping them on my own wasn’t gonna happen, I enlisted a friend or two for accountability. Yeah, that didn’t really work, either. We just consoled each other after we’d given up on them…yet again. Coffee and chocolate were often involved in the process.
And then I stumbled upon a new idea
My very first “Word” was Foundation, which, I thought, was pretty appropriate. In my personal life, I realized I was starting a whole new “thing”; a whole new approach to time management and going after my dreams. That one was followed by Reach, where I felt more prepared and empowered to enlarge my scope and reach for the stars, so to speak.
This past year I kept the word Endure in the forefront, as in “creating something that will last.” And this was the year I hunkered down and began working on writing books and other materials that I hope will be an encouragement and blessing to Christian parents and homeschoolers for years to come.
Those previous words were, well, let’s say somewhat more serious and subdued. Strong, solid words, no doubt. Words that have helped strengthen me over the years, and helped me accomplish things that I’d never have believed possible.
But Joy? What a wonderful breath of fresh air! Offering me both hope and encouragement, considering the verses through which they were revealed.
The roots of my Word, from The Word
Usually, around September or October, I start to review the past year: thinking about past events and beginning to consider what’s coming up. I begin to be a bit more intentional during my quiet time. In prayer – throughout the day – I begin to ask God to show me what He, the author of time, wants for my time next year. I begin to be more intentional about what I’m listening to, what I’m reading, conversations I’m having with family and friends, trusting that God will show me, in His beautifully unique way, what Word I will use as a framework for my life and lens for my vision in the next 12 months.
Shortly after the “episode” at my daughter’s first rehearsal, I came across this verse in my daily quiet time:
So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing.
And he gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil, that they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Praise the Lord! Psalm 105:43-45
And a few days later, this one came through:
Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore, in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy. Isaiah 61:7
Actually, after I read the first verse, I thought nothing of it. It wasn’t until my eyes found the words from Isaiah that the pieces started to come together. And yes, while this may be the season when we all hear lots about joy, this final reference – coming from a decidedly un-seasonal source – clinched it:
“The joy of the Lord is my strength…” springing from a memory of one of the first Bible songs I learned together with my oldest children some 25 years ago.
I’ve no doubt that there will be trials in the coming year: Scripture actually promises that there will be.
But I will be hanging on to Luke, and Psalms, and Isaiah, and a sweet children’s tune all throughout the year. Trusting in the promise of joy that comes from God alone!
Incorporating your Word into your Life
- Check out this article in the iHomeschool Network blog about incorporating a Word of the Year in your homeschool.
- My very favorite graphic tool is Canva. You can find a beautiful picture (please take note of copyright laws, tho!) and add your text to create wallpaper for your laptop, a Facebook cover, Instagram image, or frame a printable PDF to share or keep your Word in front of your eyes throughout the year!
Think it’s time for you to consider a Word of the Year? What do you think yours might be?
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