Begin Living Your Word of the Year
Choosing and living out a Word of the year has been one of my most rewarding personal practices. It gives me a focus and mindset to learn about and grow in. You will find inspiring posts here every two weeks this year on my blog designed to spark exploration of your own chosen word. Here are my Word of the Year theme pages in my ordinary everyday journal (Moleskine, Leuctturm etc.)
One challenge about living out a word is to keep the enthusiasm and practice of it up all year. To help keep us inspired and motivated, Mary Brack, Bernice Hopper, and I are embarking on a spiritual and creative challenge that focuses on our individual words of the year. It includes 26 challenges and a Facebook group where we can connect with one another and post our progress. We have come up with a list of suggested words to apply to your individual word. Each person can select one or another one of their choice to explore how it connects with living out their word of the year. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the list.
I will be posting an inspirational A-Z Chronological Challenge every other Tuesday this year and recording my Word exploration in a Leuchtturm1917 journal.. The posts will include questions, activities, and Scripture to help you focus on your word in a fresh way. Mary and Bernice will also be posting inspirational posts. You can share your creative responses and thoughts in our private Facebook group. We would love to have you join us in our Word adventure and conversation. We each approach the process of living out our Word of the Year a bit differently, so I suggest you subscribe to all three blogs (links further down in this post) to get inspiration on making the process your own.
Here we go!
A - Authentic, Ask, Adventure
Authenticity is related to our identity, re-membering who we truly are. As we embark on this A-Z Adventure, My hope is that you will find inspiration here that will serve as a springboard for you own individual journey. My prayer for all of us is that we will actively grow to fulfill God’s chosen destiny for each one of us.
If you don’t yet have a word, “Ask and it will be given to you.” If you desire a word for the year, I truly believe God will give you one. If you are searching for a word focus for this year, pray, ask God to reveal one to you. Keep asking. Let go of putting pressure on yourself. Instead, be open, ready to receive.
Matthew 7:7-8 NLT
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
James 1:17-18 TPT
17 Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. 18 God was delighted to give us birth by the truth of his infallible Word so that we would fulfill his chosen destiny for us and become the favorite ones out of all his creation!
Questions to Consider
- Is there a word or two that seem highlighted to you right now?
- What word describes what you want for 2019?
- Does a theme keep showing up in daily life?
- What are you afraid of? What is a word that describes the opposite of that fear?
- If the word was lived out this year, how could it help you be the best version of yourself?
“Authentic” Prayerful Activity
Our authentic selves, being our best,
the true version of ourselves,
starts with our Creator.
Excerpt from Acts 17:24-25, 28 TPT
“The true God is the Creator of all things…. He supplies life and breath and all things to every living being. He doesn’t lack a thing that we mortals could supply for him, for he has all things and everything he needs. 28 It is through him that we live and function and have our identity; just as your own poets have said,‘Our lineage comes from him.’”
In seeking and knowing God
we come to know ourselves and
be truly who we are made to be.
For those of us who wrestle with perfection and feeling intimidated by a pristine blank journal, here below is an exercise that can help. It takes away the questions of, “What should I do?” You can scribble authentically and free! The process is adapted from my Prayerful Doodling book
Spontaneous Scribble Prayer
There is no right or wrong way to scribble, right? I’ve found this process loosens me up, and helps me give myself permission to mess up and be more free-flowing. One way to approach it is to take three deep breaths, taking note of how you are feeling and breathing. Invite the Holy Spirit to flow in you. With eyes open or closed, move your drawing tool with your breath.
To get started:
- Get materials ready to use in front of you
- If eyes are closed, feel the edges of the paper or journal. If eyes are open, start scribbling, going with how you feel, without any goal or expectation.
- Pick up a drawing tool and start moving it around on the paper.
- Notice how you feel, how the tool feels in your hand, how your arm moves with the tool, how the movement reflects your emotions and breath.
- Release thoughts and go with the flow until you feel it is time to stop.
- Open your eyes if closed, and look at the marks on the page. You may want to ask God what he sees or says in it. You may see things in the scribbling that start to take form. Feel free to add color, lines, shapes or words that are meaningful to you if desired.
- Do not put any pressure on yourself for it to be anything other than what it is. If you feel led to pause and consider it further, you can respond by writing in your journal. It is helpful to write down thoughts or questions that come up.
Lord, what do you have to say to me through this?
What does this say about me?
Here is my Scribble Prayer following the process above as we enter the new year. I chose the colors with my eyes open, and prayerfully doodled it with my eyes closed. It was all done spontaneously without thinking or planning. Blue was the first color I chose. It felt comfortable, flowing like water. Orange is the color I first used to fill in the shapes, the color representing passion and fire. I didn’t think of them as complementary colors at the time, but they are. The shapes I colored in all resemble water drop or flames, both symbols of the Holy Spirit. When I picked up the orange pencil, I felt like it represented my passion, waiting and yearning to experience more of God’s manifest presence, love, and life in this new year. I noticed the lines went off the edges if the paper, which is not typical. The word “uncontained” came to mind, so I wrote it down. Other words followed and I added them. The authenticity of where I’m at with my feelings and thoughts of this new year have come through…. Onward and forward into the uncertain, uncontained future, expecting the unexpected and following the Light…
For further information and imagery that reflects your word of the year ask yourself:
What shapes, objects, animal etc. do I associate with my word for this year?
Write or draw them in your journal.
Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!
Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/
URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019
CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:
Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))