My Word for the Year
by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
I like to think that it is perhaps God’s Spirit nudging me to learn more about what it means to actually “live the words” found in His Word, the Bible. (Now that sounds like a great book idea, don’tcha think?)
Last year the word that found me was “NEW” – based on the verse “I am doing a NEW thing!” (Isaiah 43.19). And there was plenty of “new” in both my personal life as well as my writing and speaking. I met many new friends at various events where I was privileged to bring a new message of living your unique story with hope and grace. I now answer to a new name – Granny!
My new book “Live These Words” was published to encourage living out of 40 great words from the Bible (read it during Lent). I made new memories with old friends at both my seminary and college reunions. Our “New England Christian Writers Retreat” gathered 60 writers and will be at a new location next time – Gordon Conwell Seminary. My husband began a new season of life and ministry. But there were also new challenges and new failures and new opportunities to persevere…..
It’s uncanny how a “word for the year” can unfold and permeate every area of our lives. I’m still learning how to embrace the new and not be intimidated by the new (especially new technology.)
But that was last year. In 2015 a different word found me and I’m claiming it as my “word for the year” –
~ DWELL ~
- To live as a resident;
- To keep attention directed;
My question? “Where do I want to DWELL this year?”
My answer? I deeply desire to:
- DWELL in God’s Presence
- DWELL in Serenity, Strength, Gratitude, Courage and Joy
- Make my heart God’s DWELLING place
I don’t want God to be just part of my life, I want to literally dwell in Him (aka the “with God” life). I don’t want to live in fear or despair or striving or chaos. I want to be the kind of person whose whole life reflects her dwelling (“living in and keeping attention directed on”) those qualities such as Serenity, Strength, Gratitude, Courage and Joy.
“Strength and Joy are God’s Dwelling Place.” I Chronicles 16.27
Today is mid-January and I’ve spent these first weeks of 2015 wrapped in every wool sweater I own, under warm afghans, seeking to marinate in the love and mercy of God.
Did a word find you this year?
If not, ask God to bring one to mind, perhaps with a scriptural promise attached.
Then claim it as a place you hope to learn from and live from.
I would love for you to leave a comment and tell me YOUR word for the year.
Dwelling under the mercy, Cindy
P.S. I have just written a brand new conference/retreat series on the topic of “DWELL.” I will be presenting it in 4 parts later this month in Pennsylvania. But let me know if your group would like for me to come and encourage us all how to Dwell in God’s refuge?
©2015 Lucinda Secrest McDowell