2017: Word of the Year

You know those moments in life 
when you just know something is meant for you? 

That was me. In church.  'Bout a month ago, give or take a Sunday :)

I was daydreaming.  Not even gonna fib.
I was lost in thought, thinking about who knows what ...
laundry, the kids, chicken or beef for that night's dinner ...
literally staring up at the ceiling.

See, that part was kinda great ...
it fit.
At least to those around me.
I looked like I was seeking, praying, nourishing.

Because I wasn't paying attention closely enough,
Pastor had started to walked down from the stage and onto the floor.
Getting closer.
Preaching to us in the congregation.

 "Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." ~ John 15:4

I nearly jumped off the pew!
Okay, Lord ~ I hear you.

Loud. and. clear.

I knew right then in that moment,
before Christmas, before ringing in the new year,
that it was a word meant for me.

According to definition, it means: 
1.  to endure without yielding, to withstand, to bear patiently, tolerate 
2.  to accept without objection

2016 was not a year without it's flaws,
but 2017 will.  be.  different.

Each year holds 365 days.
Blank pages, one for each day, and it's up to us to fill them up. 
God has spoken to my heart and for this year's story
I will reconnect with Him on a deeply personal level ~ 
listening, enduring, withstanding, tolerating, dwelling, abiding.

My goals for this upcoming year are simple.
 I will abide in growing my faith, my family, my creativity
my friendships and my passions.
Simply, that means I'll savor the world in which is our gift.
I'll trust in Him that all is designed for me.
At least once a month, I'm going to document my Abide faith story,
a walk with Him in a creative way.
Maybe it will be photography,
or a written passage,
or faith journaling :)   

Three hundred and sixty five ways 
to abide in grace and wonderment ..
three hundred sixty five opportunities!

My story starts today.
And I'm excited to see where this journey takes me

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings! 

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