2013 and My One Word

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7 Comments A+ a-

I wasn’t going to do the one word for 2013.  Perhaps it was because I didn’t want to sit down and put effort into finding a word.  Perhaps its because finding one word has become such a popular thing to do, and I have a weird aversion to popular things.  (Simply put, if its popular or trendy at the moment, I want to steer clear of it.  Yes, my name is Jenn, and I’m weird like that.)  Never mind that I had Hope in 2008 and Authenticity in 2010, I had no plans to participate this year.

But here’s the thing. 

God often has other plans, and even when I don’t plan on doing something, He’ll show me over and over again that He intends something different.  Its starts off as a soft nudge, then if I’m not paying attention (and  most times I’m not), it becomes a full-blown shout and I can’t possibly ignore it.

Enter 2013 and my word.  Courage.CourageCollage

I started inserting the word Courage into my prayer.  And it was nice that I was praying for it, even if it terrified me to my soul (still does), but I certainly didn’t expect it to turn into more.

Then Courage kept showing up in other aspects of my life.  In the form of a song, a devotion, a commercial, a book, and this past Sunday, at church.  Courage.  Ok, God, I get it.  There’s going to be a theme this year. 

I don’t know what 2013 holds, I don’t know what He intends to teach me about Courage.  I know I’m scared.  I can only imagine the circumstances in which I need to show Courage.  And since I have an overactive imagination, my mind has already gone to some scary places.  Looking up the word Courage, I found that Fear is one of the autonyms for my word.  Ironic much?

Courage is not a word I would have chosen for myself or this year.  Quite honestly, its not a word I would have picked up once, let alone take a second and third glance at it.  But that’s how I know God has intended this word… for me… this year.  At this point, all I can do is listen and obey, and pray the actual act of Courage will show up in me eventually.courage-2

I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.

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Lisa
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1:46 PM delete

Great word!! I do not have one, and have no plans to come up with one, because I also have a strange aversion to everything trendy and popular :)

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6:16 PM delete

I always look forward to reading your posts. You have such a way with words!

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6:51 PM delete

My word this year is serve and I plan to have a post about it soon. You just always say things so much more eloquently than I ever could! Love your courage pictures!

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Christine
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I won't lie, I'm a little nervous to see what this Courage thing is all about this year.
Loved this post! Sometimes God makes it really obvious when he's trying to get our attention, huh? I believe that for whatever reason, this is supposed to be your word for 2013.
Love you!

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Sheri
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4:31 AM delete

Love it, Jenn! *Hugs*

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Lindsey
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5:01 AM delete

Jenn- you have no idea how motivational you are! I may not always comment when I see a new post from you, but I always read and this one compelled me so much to comment because I too, am in need of courage and will be praying for it daily! Lots of love sweet friend!

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