Thursday, January 8, 2015

My One Little Word for 2015

  "One little word can light up someone's day. "

         In 2009, I decided not to make any New Year’s Resolutions.  Instead, I chose the phrase, “Make room,” to guide me as I set about living the year.  In my mind I thought vaguely about decluttering, saying “No,” to tasks that sapped my energy, and focusing on the important, instead of the urgent.  God answered my intention with a diagnosis of breast cancer and I learned to make room for things that I had never considered as I navigated the murky waters of cancer and emerged on the other side.  I was shaken, a bit bedraggled, scarred, and surprisingly whole.
     I continued to “make room” in 2010.  When 2011 rolled around, I was ready for a new adventure.  I signed up for One Little Word, a class taught by Ali Edwards, and I have been taking it ever since.  The class added structure and reflection about each of the words I have chosen to embrace. Each month Ali provides a prompt around your word.  Some years, I have been better at doing the prompts than others, and that is okay.  Always, I have enjoyed the journey my words have taken me on.
      My past words have been: Kindle (2011), Dwell (2012), Believe (2013), and Sail (2014).  Each of these words continues to speak to me and have become part of my life.
     For 2015, I have chosen the word, “Anchor.”  An anchor is a source of stability, strength, and security.  It can refer to fixing or fastening firmly.
     anchornoun 1.any of several devices, usually of steel, attached to a vessel by a cable and dropped overboard so as to grip the bottom and restrict the vessel's movement2.an object used to hold something else firmly in place: 3.a source of stability or security:4.a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay:
verb 
1.
to hold fast by an anchor.
2.
to keep hold or be firmly fixed:  (Source)
    An anchor travels with its ship to journeys end and then holds the ship securely, not allowing it to  be shifted by storms, wind, or waves.  This particularly appealed to me as we are planning on moving from the Hudson Valley of New York to a coastal town in South Carolina.
     Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”  The word anchor is used metaphorically  to mean, that which supports or keeps one steadfast in the time of trial or of doubt.
     An anchor is an emblem of hope.  When you are afraid, trust in God, is the anchor that will hold you in safety.  He is the Anchor that holds.

PS:  This is not an affiliate link.  I love the One Little Word class and think that you would enjoy it as much as I do.
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