Sunday, January 2, 2011

My Word for 2011



My word for 2010 was "new." I am ashamed to say that after the first few weeks it sort of faded from my consciousness. I even had trouble remembering what it was when I began to think about my word for 2011. However, I have a Father who is faithful even when I am not, and looking back I can see the places in my life where He was doing something new.

He began to speak a new word into my heart several months ago. I had a bit of difficulty hearing it above all the noise. In fact, I was having difficulty just concentrating - finding I couldn't capture and retain the important things because they were getting lost in the clamor.

One afternoon, I was trying desperately to remember the wonderful idea for a blog post the Father had put on my heart while I was out walking. It was there somewhere, but it kept flitting around just beyond my reach. Frustrated, I reached out and turned off the radio. In the silence the thought returned - clear and complete. It was a wake-up call.

This word suddenly began to show up in blog posts - standing out in big bold letters to eyes that were finally beginning to see.

Then in an off-hand comment by my grandson - I found that this simple word had a dual meaning for me.

My word for this year is "Quiet."

Prayer and the Word are staples of a spiritual diet but so too is simply being quiet before the Lord. There is so much noise all around me that it becomes almost impossible to hear that still, small voice. I must be deliberate about turning off the noise. That gentle whisper comes at the most unexpected times - standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes, making the beds, folding the laundry, simply sitting quietly. I don't want to miss it.

The other side of quiet is getting control of my tongue. I am astonished, when I take a moment to notice, how often I interrupt and talk over other people - people who are precious to me. I often squirm when I mull over conversations I've had and realize I've said way too much or precisely the wrong thing. I seem to think that it is some sort of social "crime" when conversation stalls and rush to fill the gap with words. I end up feeling exhausted - because for an introvert it is all such a struggle.

I am giving it all to the Father, and I am going to rest in the stillness as much as I am able. I am asking for grace to listen - truly listen - and to talk wisely.

My verse is Psalm 62:5
"Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him."

My scripture passage is I Kings 19: 11-12
"Go out and stand before me on the mountain,' the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earth quake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper."


Do you have a new word for this year? I'd love to hear about it.

Blessings,
Linda

14 comments:

  1. Linda, this should be my word too. I have been thinking and praying about it, but there is so much noise in my life, and mostly generated by me, I think. Your verse sums up what I need to be saying too, because last year, my word was hope, and I kept forgetting it. Today I was mulling over the words simple, listen, silence, patience, slow, peace and acceptance. Maybe the word I need to hear is "quiet". It encompasses all of those. I need to pray more. I will let you know. I am a warrior type. And I need to be more of a Mary, and forgetthe Martha. Am I making any sense at all? Sigh. Silence. Quiet.....where do I find it at the moment.... not easy.

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  2. Okay, you and I have more in common than I thought, though I never think of you as talking too much! I also forgot my word "TRUST" a lot of the time last year. But I haven't forgotten the need to do so.

    This year the word "CHANGE" keeps ringing in my head and heart. I'll write about it soon.

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  3. I have never done this thing--this listening for a word. But as I read yours, Linda, one popped into my mind. There's only One place it could have come from because it speaks a place so very far from my mind right now! That word was "hope".

    I think I like it.

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  4. Quiet is a good word. I am learning too. Mine is "believe." He is calling me to step up my trust and faith this year...to step out on the waves and watch Him move.

    I am so blessed by your posts. Thank you for sharing. Praying you hear more in the stillness.

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  5. My word last year was trust.
    And I won't let it go.
    I was blessed beyond measure .

    This year, I'm not so sure. I want to take risks, and be brave, but still be quiet and reflective and enough.

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  6. That scripture passage is a favorite of mine because God was heard in the quiet not the 'hoopla'.
    I came to know that word well last winter and esp. in my time apart this past summer. Being quiet in God's presence has helped me immensely.
    I know it will you too.
    I have a word too and will be sharing it soon on my blog.
    I liked your honesty, Linda--always a help.

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  7. Like Laura, I've never done this ... but I'll listen with you in the quiet.

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  8. Hi Linda,
    My theme for this year is "Living Beyond Myself" which of course will take a mighty act of God.

    I love yours and I love the quiet. If there is no one here but me, I never have a radio or television on. I love the "quiet." I feel that I can commune better with Him in the quiet.

    And I totally relate to those blog post ideas being just beyond our grasp at times. But thank God for His faithfulness.

    Happy New Year!

    Love,
    Dianne

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  9. oh how beautiful, linda. you are so right about allowing quiet into our lives in order to hear the Lord. i am going to think on that today and look for ways to create quiet. and for the reminder to listen!! ah, yes. i am challenged. thank you my dear friend. may the Lord richly, richly bless this new year.

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  10. So glad you shared your word with us, Linda. It is such a beautiful word when considered in light of quieting ourselves before the Lord and in situations where it is more appropriate to "be quiet" rather than to speak; though there certainly is a time for that if using the right words. I guess my word would be Trust. There are so many things beyond my control in my life right now, that I have no other choice than to trust Him! ...Which is a good thing. I think your word fits hand in hand with mine. *smile*

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  11. still pondering....

    maybe

    compassion

    for more reasons then ONE.

    Hugs,Linda.

    Teena

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  12. My 1st blog post of 2011 is about new. The word He gave me this year is glory. I eagerly await seeing His glory manifested all over the earth.

    Happy New Year!

    Annette

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  13. Oh, Linda-- I'm still pondering my choice for this year... but oh my goodness, you've given me so much to consider! Quiet... (on both levels) applies so perfectly to my life, too. I could fully relate to your entire thought process-- quiet before the Lord (yep, need *lots* more of that) and a quiet tongue in all things (again, you nailed me). Thank you, dear friend, for your transparency and for your honesty-- you teach me so much and bless my socks off, every single time!

    Giant hugs and happy new year,
    heather

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  14. Interesting...one of God's new directions for me is to be *less* quiet. That is, I've been too quiet in the sense of avoiding deeper relationships, not caring enough to ask others questions about themselves. Not that He wants me to be the opposite of quiet---as in loud---but that I should have a deeper heart-involvement in those around me. And that means to open up, not have a shy fear, and gently and sincerely ask questions.

    Your quiet sounds wonderful. I need more of that, too!

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