Monday, January 5, 2015

No Word

It's time, according to blogging "custom," to choose my word for the year. I've been giving it a lot of thought - both the custom and blogging. The ideas ricochet around my poor little brain. One day I believe I've decided to quietly unplug and the next I'm mentally composing a new post.

I realize the blogging world has changed and wonder where this little place belongs. Emily has written a wonderful  post on this very subject. You might want to click over there and read it if you share my dilemma. She has encouraged me and helped me make sense of the things I've been struggling with.

As to the word for the year - I don't have one. Nothing.

However, the Lord has been speaking something into my heart for months now. If you've read my blog for a little while (thank you so much), you know I struggle with control. I like to have it - knowing all the while that I can't. It has been a long journey from tight-fisted clinging to letting go and trusting Him.

I sort of thought, with my own twisted form of logic, once I learned that lesson life would run smoothly. Not so. It's been a difficult year - filled with twists and turns I couldn't have anticipated.

It's a new year, but for me it was simply the turning of a page. We carried the old year into the new - still working through the circumstances. And the Lord stepped into it with us.

He didn't give me the word I looked for - instead He opened His arms and whispered, "Come."

Come and  find - rest when you are weary body and soul
                            peace in the midst of any storm
                            grace when you feel you can't take one more step
                            love when you feel like you've failed yet again

This year He hasn't given me a word; He's given me a place. Himself.




  1. Well, that last word sounds like the best word. :)

  2. What a powerful post, Linda. It us a great place to be, with Him.

    1. Thank you. Iris. Always love seeing you here.

  3. Emily’s post sort of shook my world. I’m always so far out of the loop on everything, except I am intuitive so I sense things and then wonder what it is I am sensing. Emily and the comments from others gave me the context I needed to connect the dots.

    Change and disruption have stirred the pot in my family this year and then, to top off the year, on Christmas morning I blew out my right knee. Interesting timing. This forced downtime for the past two weeks has demanded I get still and shut up and listen. So, instead of a word, what I have come away with to focus on this year is - Depend on Him. It won’t be easy because I am so independent. But He says, you have to now, more than ever. And so I shall.

    And this too shall pass...

    1. I'm so sorry to hear about your knee. It is at these times we realize how dependent we truly are. But we also find the Lord is faithful to be all He promised to be. I'm learning to trust, too. It's an on-going lesson :)

  4. Thank you for writing this. I read Emily's post and also another lady's one within Emily's. Quite interesting and thought provoking. Helped me see through some issues. I've not gotten a clear-cut sense of what my blog should be. Right now, I'm keeping my family and far away friends caught up on my life. I'm sensing a possible change coming, but it might not truly happen until I retire in May. As always, I enjoy your thoughts and feelings. You keep things 'real'. :>)

    1. I'm excited for you Beth! I'm sure you'll love being retired (although I think you'll miss those kiddos). I'll look forward to seeing what you will do. I know you have much to offer the blogging world.

  5. "This year He hasn't given me a word; He's given me a place. Himself." What could be better than that?! Always enjoy meeting you in this space.

  6. Thank you, Linda. I'm sorta tiring of my part in the blogging world, but my sister says, No! I enjoy it so much! We rarely see each other so the blog is her way of keeping in touch with me. You always give me a lot of think about!

  7. This is a beautiful post, Linda.

    I've been away from the blog sphere for many months. I used to read your blog regularly and came over to see how you are and if you were still writing.

    I am glad to see that you are still sharing.

    "It's a new year, but for me it was simply the turning of a page. We carried the old year into the new - still working through the circumstances. And the Lord stepped into it with us." Those words deeply spoke to me today.

    Though I personally feel that this year, for many reasons, is a new chapter for myself. But, there have been times in my own life that I have felt the same way as the words your wrote and I know others who are going into this year feeling the same.

    I am glad you continue to share your words. Even in the midst of the ups and downs of life there is so often I peacefulness that I feel when I read your posts.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings to you,

    1. It is so good to hear from you Sarah. Your words are such an encouragement to me. Thank you so much. I hope the new year will be filled with blessing for you. It's a joy to know that no matter what our circumstances, the Father has good things planned for us.

  8. Beautiful! My word of the year is: simplicity....Happy New Year Linda!


  9. Beautifully said, Linda. I didn't choose a word either this year. And, I'm currently still on a blogging break. Always glad you are here in your corner of the blog world giving us nuggets of wisdom.