one little word {2015}

I have taken part in Ali Edwards’ One Little Word tradition for several years now.   Better than any New Year’s Resolution, the practice of choosing one word as focus for the year has propelled me forward personally and professionally.  It has helped me to be intentional.

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Each word reminds me of my journey – strengths, weaknesses, lessons learned, triumphs, and difficulties.  Memories to treasure.  I am sure my word for 2015 will be no exception:

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lighten [lahyt-n]

1. To make light or clear; enlighten.
2. To shine brightly; sparkle.
3. To reduce in weight or quantity; lessen.

While recovering these last couple of weeks, God has brought several things to my attention.  Prior to surgery I had been caught up in my physical issues, the negative implications on my personal life and business, and all of the associated “what-ifs.”  When several “what-ifs” became real post-surgery, I let FEAR get the upper hand.  And I was miserable.

Until I got my rear back into scripture:

How I need to trust God will be when you cry for help!  As soon as he hears he will answer you.
– Isaiah 30:19

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…  For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
– Isaiah 41:10, 13

I needed to remind myself I wasn’t alone, God hadn’t forgotten about me.  Scripture makes it abundantly clear that the Lord holds me in high regard! I need to trust Him in the moment.  I need to trust God with the outcome.  So instead of giving in further to fear, I started looking for Him.

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And that’s when I realized this massive slowdown was for my good.   It is time for a change, time to reevaluate.  I will be doing several things differently in 2015:

1. Never lifting (or pushing) anything heavier than a gallon of milk.
2. No running or squatting.  No sit-ups, planking, or any other physical activity that adds stress to the pelvic floor.
3. Putting my feet up and being intentional about rest.
4. Rethinking my camera bag and purse.  How can I lighten?
5. Changing how I shop. And cook.
6. Reevaluating my schedule and workload.  Revisiting my priorities.

Perhaps as I take my word for 2015 to heart, my life and business will sparkle in a new way.  At least that’s my hope.  🙂

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