But then I realized my determination isn’t a problem.
but finally, in the stillness of my one-day solitude retreat, I realized God has been giving me a word for the past few months, and it’s time to recognize it.
So my one word for 2011 is JOY.
Joy is NOT happiness (although happiness sometimes tags along)
Joy is NOT Pollyanna views or Scarlett O’Hara platitudes
Joy is NOT circumstantial
Joy is NOT naive, blind, or superficial.
I think I’ll spend 2011 trying to figure out how to dance with joy through ministry, mothering and writing, but today is a start. I’m captivated by this word because:
- Jesus promises it (complete! joy) in the midst of what seemed like a time of despair to his disciples (John 14)
- Kings could be “anointed” with it (Psalm 45)
- True manifestations of it draw people to Christ like nothing else.
I believe Joy lives alongside Peace as an irresistible quality that makes those around us know we live with something other-worldly inside of us. I am so excited to press into Joy for 2011.
Your Turn: What’s your one word?
So far, I’ve heard words like:
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be putting together a prayer wall on the site for encouragement and prayer over YOUR one word. Perhaps it will be a place where we can leave each other prayers and verses to spur us on in the journey.
So buck up and leave a comment here with your word. If you want that quality in your life, you’ve got to start somewhere. Every month, I’ll be asking a question to help you along your journey. Are you ready for one-word 2011?
Big thanks to Alece, the brainchild of one word (and provider of cool graphics). Go over to her blog if you need some great idea-starters for you!
Here’s to joy, and here’s to a New Year and a God who promises
“to make all things new” (Rev 21:5)