Do you have a word or theme that is recurring, it keeps coming up? A word that won’t go away? One that seems highlighted? Sometimes it comes like that, over time…
I’ve noticed that my word/theme of the year often starts as a seed in September rather than January, and then begins to take root in November. Maybe it is because the school year starts in September and I taught school for ten years and had children that started their new school year every fall. Whatever the reason, now that it is the beginning of our calendar year, my word is taking shape, unfolding and exciting. It began to present itself quietly in the context of 2015 while I was doing a word study and Bible journaling in Psalm 25:12. Then it continued to come up from many places, being highlighted as I heard it.
During the walk on the beach, when I saw the deer I talked about in the last post, I asked God about my word for 2016. The thought came, “Notice the ebb and flow of the surf. It changes more dramatically and quickly when the tide is turning and you need to be aware of where and when the surf is coming in.”
That day was beautiful. The sun was emerging after a big storm the night before. There were many people on the beach that day in November (for the Pacific Northwest). When the tide was out, I walked in the shallow surf wearing my rubber boots, enjoying my time alone, praying, taking in the beauty etc. When the tide rushed in, I ran in too so the water wouldn’t come above the top of my boots. People were usually there and we greeted each other as we walked. I sensed God speaking to me through this – inviting me to enjoy the ebb time with Him as part of the flow. When the tide comes in, I am to come in with it, encountering people, engaging with them and be encouraging. My word was confirmed: FLOW.
In 2016 I am to flow with the movement of the Holy Spirit – going deeper with God, and engaging with people, trusting Him for the ebb and flow of life and what this year may bring.
“Plan to be surprised.” My quote of the year from the movie Dan in Real Life.
I ‘m not fond of surprises. I like plans. So learning to “plan to be surprised” will be an interesting process for me. As far as my word for 2015, AIM, I don’t feel quite finished with it. Even the kitchen door I put the yearly theme on was updated and revised at least 3 times last year, the last time only a couple of months ago. In asking God about this, I was reminded about my study and Bible journaling in Psalm 25 where it says, “”Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose.” “Will show” means to be aimed like an arrow in a bow and like the flow of water. I will once again revise the door, leaving the concentric circles I now see as flowing into and out of the center. The spiral, like flowing wind and circulating water is the shape I will add to the concentric circles of 2015. So now I have a word, an animal, and a shape. Life is good.
In some ways, as in Psalm 25:12, this year means a continuation of the same. In other ways it is different, and I have a year to explore it. With the addition of an animal of the year and the Scripture I am drawn to, intimacy with God will be the key for me to flow with the Holy Spirit in 2016.
In August 2015, I read the Songs of Songs in The Passion Translation. It came alive to me like never before, and I read it through two more times. The book is rich in love and imagery. The deer, gazelle, stag are used often and I highlighted those verses. I looked up the word flow and Song of Songs 4:15 sprang up in the bridegroom’s word to the bride:
So now I have an animal, a word, a shape, and a book of the Bible for 2016. Life is good.
Do you have a word for 2016? You can leave your word in the comments box if you would like.
A Description of my Art Process for either Watercolor or Fluid Acrylics:
2. Draw the word flow lightly in pencil and then trace over it with pen.
7. Erase pencil lines
http://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/– The journal I used for this post is Stillman & Birn Zeta Mixed Media 7 x 7″ Sketchbook. The paper is heavyweight and wonderfully smooth for writing on. The colors of fluid acrylics I used are: Phthalo Turquoise, Dioxazine Purple, and Iridescent Gold Fine Bright. Links are listed below.
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