I’ve never picked a word for the year before. Maybe it is knowing that my late, dear friend Becky did this. (Her word for 2018 was “abide”– and now she is abiding with the living GOD.)
Maybe I just need the accountability, but when I thought and prayed about a word – one came LOUD and CLEAR.
Those who know me well may laugh at this. I’m never at a loss for words.
But I do try to be thoughtful about what I say, whether it be verbal or written – sometimes to a fault. Sometimes I let fear stop me from SPEAKING – from putting my words out into the world.
So, in 2019, I’m going to SPEAK – even if my voice shakes. (Hat tip to Maggie Kuhn for that great quote.)
I’m going to SPEAK into the lives of others with words of encouragement, kindness, and challenge.
I’m going to SPEAK with thoughtful written words in cards, letters, on social media, in my journal and on my blog.
I’m going to SPEAK words of love and kindness to myself – in the form of sleeping when I’m tired (gasp!), eating (mostly) healthy foods, and moving in meaningful and challenging ways.
I’m going to SPEAK words of honesty and worship to my GOD.
And I’m going to LISTEN when words are whispered back into my soul from this mysterious SPIRIT.
Then I’m going SPEAK again through my actions – rather than resting in unfulfilled good intentions.
I don’t know where all this SPEAKING will lead, but I’m going to honor the journey.