Wow! Seems like I haven’t seen you all in forever! Been keeping my nose to the grindstone up until Christmas break, then did some traveling (in all that snow–so thankful I married a Yankee driver…) and had a wonderful, relaxing visit with my in-laws.
Just wanted to pop over and share my “word for the year” for the upcoming year. I didn’t have one for 2012…in retrospect, I can think of a few, none of which are highly uplifting or inspirational! But I will say that God has brought some lovely things into our lives: a home to live in, a job for my husband, and family living nearby. He’s also brought me really special writer friends and a fond re-acquaintance with the mountains from whence I sprang.
Being a bit of a Marshwiggle (you know what I mean if you’ve read The Silver Chair), I tend to plan for the negative stuff, while hoping for the best. So I came up with some hope-deflating words for 2013, to steel myself against the (possibly) inevitable. BUT God gave me a much better word for it:
This lovely button is courtesy of the lovely Melanie at http://www.onlyabreath.com/2012/12/theyre-here-free-one-word-blog-buttons/. She made free buttons for blogspots and I appreciated that so much! Gave me something to look forward to!
I chose this word for several reasons, but a big one was that a special college teacher sent us a sweet Christmas card, in which she sent a blessing for the new year. Not a generic blessing–a specific one. And it made me cry, folks.
When you bless someone, it is a powerful thing. I want to specifically bless others this year. I want to be an instrument of blessing, whether that means encouraging others or exhorting others or praying for others.
I want to shower more words of blessing on my children, instead of the usual mommy/teacher to-do lists.
And finally, I’d like my writing endeavors to be blessed by God. This January, it’s been five years that I’ve been plugging away at this, not slacking and (for the most part) continuing in prayer for God to move. I know it’s what I’m supposed to do. I just want God to open the floodgates of heaven. There, I said it!
I’m sticking a smaller version of this word for the year in my sidebar, so every time you bop over to my blog, or every time I check it out, we can be reminded to specifically bless others that day. Let’s say the kind and uplifting things while we have time, because we have no promise of the morrow.
Much love and many BLESSINGS to each of you in 2013. I want you to know that you are blessings to me, each and every time I read your comments!