I think that I have a little different take on this 'One Word' thing from most. For me, picking a word and becoming that word is not my goal. You see, God gave me a word in 2008...Yes...I did say that this word came from God. I heard it over and over...as close to being a real hear it out loud voice as I have ever gotten. I knew that God was trying to tell me something. I just really had no idea what I was to do with that word. Quite frankly...it scared me!
So I struggled with the word from February of 2008 until January 2012 trying to figure out just what it was I was to do with this word...WRITE! Then I came across Debbie Macomber's book, One Perfect Word. In her book she tells how she took the time to intentionally focus on a single word—such as prayer, trust, or surrender—for a whole year, which created a change in her own life and heart, and not just herself but those around her.In Debbie's words:
The surprising thing is that when we decide to focus on one word for the year, God takes part in the choosing. That's why the word is perfect for us. We may not see it at the time, but as we look back we see that it all worked together - our word, our life, our journey.After reading her words I began to realize what God wanted me to do with this word. It was like a light went on in my head. Finally I knew. Not only that, I decided that instead of a New Year's resolution I would also begin praying each year around Christmas time that God would show me the word HE wanted me to focus on. This was not a resolution but a year long one word journey!
I also challenged women in my current women's ministry and from my previous church to take the One Perfect Word Challenge. As they share their words with me I created pictures for them to post in their work place or on to set as backgrounds on their computer screens as reminders to think about their work throughout the year. I want to share those photos with you and the journey that creating those photos took me on.
This page will contain the links to each page I post with the word art I create, as well as the things that I am discovering about my own word for this year...Nurture. I hope that you enjoy them.
If you haven't already....take the challenge…
Instead of a New Year's resolution, just pick one word(with prayer and the help of the Holy Spirit), for the new year. This one word will be your personal work for the year…dwell on it…meditate on it…work on it…by the end of the year let us know how it has become a part of your life.
Here is the link from Debbie Macomber's video on One Perfect Word...
Debbie's One Perfect Word Video Challenge