I recently mentioned the One Word challenge in THIS POST. My word for 2012 was INSPIRE (I wrote about it at length HERE). I was stuck in a creative rut, coming out of a place of safety/healing looking to get my feet wet again. When I look back on 2012 and the changes brought on by my One Word focus, I am amazed:
I adopted a new business logo, packaging, and blog – moving from THIS to what you see before you today.
- The Everyday [Family] Session came to life in 2012.
- I had the opportunity to attend Me Ra Koh’s Confidence Workshop in April. [The epitome of inspiration!] Connected with a dynamic group of women.
- Worked through the Artist’s Way and became intentional about Artist Dates.
- I crafted more. Baked more. I began actually scrapbooking again at my weekend retreats!
- Received the gift of Soul Restoration 2. The online class tied up every loose end and was a WONDERFUL way to end 2012!!!
My goal was to open myself to where God was leading, to step into the unknown. To be inspired and in turn, inspire others. And to do all of this even while feeling scared and unsure. To trust in God’s plan.
It was a beautiful year.
When I began praying about my word for 2013 several weeks ago, God continued to steer me towards JOY.
As an INFJ, I can be quite serious at times. The Artist Dates began to reveal to me my need to make room for joy. The journal work in SR2 [partnered with Kelly Minter’s study on Nehemiah] helped me to clearly see that joy is rooted in knowing and serving the Lord.
The bible warns that self-indulgent pleasure-seeking does not lead to happiness and fulfillment. Joy is the fruit of a right relationship with God. Delight, goodness. Bliss. When a person walks with the Lord, they can continue to rejoice even when trouble comes. Joy in the Lord enables people to enjoy all that God has given – rejoicing in family (Proverbs 5:18), food (1 Timothy 4:4-5), celebrations (Deuteronomy 16:13-15), and fellowship (Philippians 4:1).
My word for next year is JOY; I want to be more intentional about my relationship with God and embrace all that He has in store for 2013.
How about you? Have you chosen a word for 2013? If so, I’d love to hear it – just add it as a comment to this post! [If you would like to learn more about Ali Edwards’ “One Little Word” challenge, click HERE for details.]