A Word (Or Several) For the New Year

Thursday, January 17, 2013 Posted by Debbie Legg

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For the past few early-Januarys I have asked God to give me a word or phrase to lend context to the upcoming year, something simple and easy to remember, that I can go back to as sort of a North Star. 

My word for 2012 was HOPE.  God provided opportunities to increase hope, seek hope, cling to hope, encourage hope, and draw close to The Hope We Profess.

This year my word is STEADY.  My first thought about it was that 2013 is going to be a roller coaster ride!  I looked for a verse and the one I was drawn to was Isaiah 35:3, Strengthen the feeble hands, STEADY the knees that give way.   I get the feeling that this will not be an insignificant year.

Then there is the word for the Daily Audio Bible community, of which I am a part.  That word is RHYTHM.  As a drummer and dancer, I definitely identify, and a STEADY RHYTHM makes my heart soar. 

A few more came along when, inspired by my friend Corky, I choose three words as my goals (NOT resolutions) for this new year.  After prayer and contemplation, those words are FINISH (my screenplay), PUBLISH (a bit of my writing) and PURGE (my house, maybe even following Flylady guidelines of working 15 minutes a day). 

Using those goals and themes, maybe if I STEADilY seek and work, with God’s Grace and Blessing, I will find my RHYTHM.  

And I do know that, whether this year is a roller coaster ride or a smooth drum roll, God is with me, in me, next to me, ahead of me and behind me.  I will rely on His strength for my feeble hands and His love to steady my steps.  

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