There is something thrilling about welcoming in a new year. I can hear Marilla Cuthbert telling young Anne Shirley, "Oh stuff and nonsense. Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it." Good advice that fits a new year, eh?
2016 is a New Year with no mistakes. Are you ready? It's this Friday!!
I love celebrating a new year cresting the midnight hour.
Thursday night I'll drink lots of coffee and stay up with the family to celebrate. Some years we read a book as a family to stay awake, a couple of years, my son has set up an elaborate firework display.
Two years ago, I introduced the concept of choosing a one-word to my readers here on Let's Talk.
The directions: choose one word to be your theme for the year. Post the word in a prominent place. Use this word as your goal word for the year.
For example: If I choose the word "trust"
*I might see my goal as learning to trust others
*or I might see my goal as wanting others to trust me.
So each day I would pray that God would help me grow in this area:
*During the day, I might say I need to trust God to get me to work on time, to help me do my best, to let my spouse complete a task without reminders/nagging, to still love me even when I sin, etc.
*During the night, I might say I need to trust God to protect my children, my home, etc.
For this reason, choose your one-word wisely. Pray about your one word choice for this year. The goal is not to "succeed" but to improve that area of your life . . . mistakes ARE allowed!
Here are a few idea words for you to choose from. This is not an all-inclusive list. You may think of a word not listed here. As I mentioned above, each word can have many definitions. The word you choose will have the definition you need.
Adventurous Delight First Noble Resistant
Apprentice Dependable Giver Organize Responder
Brave Devoted Heartfelt Patient Serious
Builder Disciplines Helpful Peace Spunk
Care-ful Disciple Hope Praiseworthy Still
Change Driven Humble Prayer Thankful
Cheerful Empower Include Productive Trust
Childlike Encourager Joy Purify
Compassionate Endure Listen Quiet
Concern Engage Lovely Rejuvenate
Courage Enjoy Manager Relax
Crystal Faithful Motivated Release
This was my one word for 2014
This is what I chose for 2015:
Here is your assignment: think about what you would like to have for your one-word for this year. I have mine. I'll post this next week.
ALSO--I'll make certificates again this year and email them to any of you who want to play along. The design will be changed again to distinguish this year's from previous ones. Please indicate your one-word in the comments AND your email address. Thanks!
Are you ready to give the One Word Challenge a try? I hope I will tell you mine next Tuesday.
I am so excited for 2016 and what God has for all of us.
May your new year be immersed in blessings. I'm praying for you.
So, as this year draws to an close, how can I pray for you?