Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Happy New Year! Finding One Perfect Word!
Happy New Year everyone!
I am so happy to be back with blogging and I'm excited about the books that I have to share with you this upcoming year!
As in past years, I have chosen a word to inspire me and to guide me. This year my word choice is JOY!
I want to remind myself to look for the joys that can be found all around! It can be something as simple as watching a squirrel cavorting in the back yard, playing with my adorable grandsons Oliver and Avett, or seeing my beloved church family singing the old time hymns during Sunday services!
I spent my New Year's Day re-reading a special book, "One Perfect Word," by Debbie Macomber. In this inspiring book, Debbie tells of how she has chosen one word a year to live by.
Debbie shares personal stories, as well as stories of others, regarding finding guidance and comfort in focusing on one word, and she tells of how her faith in God plays a huge part of discovering that one special word to guide her through the year.
"When I find my word and begin to explore it, God takes me deep into that one word," Debbie says in her opening chapter. "When we choose one single word from His Word and spend a year with it, I've found that the Lord takes us by the hand and walks us through the year, teaching us about that word, about ourselves, and even more, about God Himself."
Debbie has chosen fourteen words that she has used in previous years and shares stories that illustrate each particular word and what she has learned. She also offers tips and hints throughout the book to help the reader in this inspirational practice as well as her own personal prayers.
I love how Debbie is so open about her faith, about her life and it's ups and downs, and how her relationship with God has guided her through the adventurous journey of life. She quotes the Bible, using John 15:7, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you." What a powerful statement that has the ability to bless everyone who follows God and Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
While "One Perfect Word" was published in 2012, I still highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for guidance and comfort in this topsy-turvy world we live in today.
My wish for all of you is to find your one perfect word for this year, and to look for joy wherever you can!