Starting Again and Moving Forward {One Word 365}

01. January 2015 Being and Believing 6

A new year has come again. I am grateful to see this first day of January. My 2014 was a year of ups and downs, highs and lows, reconnecting, affirming, and releasing.  I don’t think we can welcome too much of the new if we’re unwilling to let go of things.  Sometimes that letting go means giving up preconceived notions of what we think we should do or be.  Enter again the One Word 365 challenge.  Sometimes you choose a word, and other times a word choose you.  So it is with me.

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Last year my one word was intentional.  It was a good fit for me.  I thought of the word often throughout each month.  There were times I wanted to boldly act with intention, but much of the time intentional living came in quiet whispers.  Intention showed up in the ordinary, everyday mundane.  It revealed itself when I purposefully wrote about difficult -things, when I shared space with other writers, when I took creative risks, dived deeper into faith,  and worked through challenging situations.

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Being intentional in 2014 was a transformative process, and 2015 calls me to something a bit different.  My original thought for my one word was “relentless”.  Such a strong word, and it seemed perfect.  I wanted it to define the kind of year I wanted to have – one of intense pursuit of important things.  I was liking this word, until last week.  All of a sudden relentless didn’t fit.  I previously prayed for clarity on my word, and it came.  The answers never come they way you think they should.

My answer showed up early Sunday morning upon listening to a message on sabbath rest.  The words settled deep in my bones, and I knew “rest” was my word for 2015.  Rest is about being not doing.  Were I to stick with relentless, it would have been about doing, go-go-go, constant moving forward, and striving.  Just the thought of it wears me out.  Enter the “rest.”

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Rest from doing the most.  Rest from striving. Rest from weariness.  Rest from cluttering noise.  I want to explore all the ways I can rest, and that doesn’t just mean sleeping.  I want to discover and perhaps recover a sense of creative rest, sabbath rest, playful rest, emotional rest, spiritual rest, bodily rest, redemptive rest and restorative rest.  In 2015 I’m choosing to lean in to each of these.  I’m saying goodbye to performance living and hello to the grace of simple being.

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What word are you choosing to guide your 2015?  I’d love to hear your story.  Whatever it might be, I hope it will encourage, empower, and equip you to live well throughout the year.

6 thoughts on “Starting Again and Moving Forward {One Word 365}”

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    Adriana Fuentes on January 2, 2015 Reply

    I feel 2015 means changes are coming and I don’t know what to expect,but I have a sense of fearlessness that tells me to just trust in the Lord and let go of always wanting to know what’s next. My family has been dealing with trying to help bring my grandma out of a slump state of mind and in the process realized that the advice was really for me. My divorce doesn’t define me; it’s just a transition for something else. What exactly? I’m not completely sure, but I will trust that the Almighty has my back and will help me in my discovery of myself. The real me..the young me that was once filled with hopes and dreams and the anticipation of reaching them, but with the understanding of a wiser and stronger older me. I’m not where I would like, but I could not have imagined being where I am now. He is faithful and his plans are good! I want to not fear living intensely..doing something new or different even if that comes in baby steps. One thing is for sure. God knows my heart and he will not give up on me. I will hold on to Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you with my victorious right hand.”..I think that is why my word is fearless because I don’t want to walk in fear of the unknown and of what wasn’t. I’m alive and I want to live without regrets and seeking what God wants for me.

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      Marvia on January 5, 2015 Reply

      Adriana!!! Yes to choosing to be fearless. God hasn’t given you a spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND! I’m praying breakthrough, boldness, confidence, peace, and much joy for you. Thank you for reading and commenting. You are such a treasure!! 😉

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    Jamie Wright Bagley on January 2, 2015 Reply

    Having witnessed and walked alongside you for so much of last year, I heartily agree that rest is the word for you. Rest is vital to carrying on your purpose and good work. I’m so glad you are embracing it. May you find refreshment, body and soul.

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      Marvia on January 5, 2015 Reply

      Right, Jamie?!?!?!!! It’ll be interesting to see how rest will unfold, and I’m so ready for it. I think, however, even in resting I will still being practicing the art of intention. To rest is an act of volition, I’m ready to see where God leads me along the way. Thank you so much for your love, encouragement, friendship, and support!!

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    kd sullivan on January 2, 2015 Reply

    Resting in His arms is a lot more work than it should be! Our nature is to strive and work. Relaxing in Him can be a struggle. It is such a paradox! Struggling to rest!!!!

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      Marvia on January 5, 2015 Reply


      Thank you for reading. Resting in Him while the world is spinning is quite the paradox, but also a relief that defies explanation. It’s going to be good. 😉

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