With the New Year approaching I’ve been doing some thinking about what to choose as my One Word for 2015. This year was my first for choosing one word to focus on as opposed to making the famed and failure prone list of resolutions. I did make lists of things I wanted to accomplish and do this year, but unlike the usual nature of resolutions, they weren’t change oriented. I reserved that distinction for my One Word. It honestly made a difference.
When you think about it there are usually only a few things, not a whole list of things that are hindering, haunting, or holding us back. I’m finding that focusing on just one…consistently, for a full year, can bring unexpected revelation and lasting change. I say lasting change because after nearly an entire year of constant, committed attention to one single word, I daresay I will take it into succeeding years without any forethought whatsoever. I’ve seen it occur even before the year’s end. As the days passed and my attention waned, my word would nevertheless pop into the forefront of my mind, announcing itself, nudging me with a reminder in any and every situation where honesty was needed to proceed accordingly and make necessary adjustments, creating new habit patterns and bringing more and more freedom. I truly believe it’s one unexpected benefit of the One Word approach… change that endures.
Knowing this, I’ve decided to do it again for 2015 because there’s one particular hindrance in my life that I’m beyond ready to see wrestled to the ground….F E A R! I’m not talking about fear of the dark or of flying or of bad things happening…not that kind of fear. More like fear of putting myself out there, of trying something new, of getting out of my comfort zone…that kind of fear. Can you relate? If so, you’re the reason I’m talking about this now instead of waiting until January. You see, I found a fun little something I feel like sharing and I want to be able to get it to you before the new year.
I discovered this terrific little journal as I was searching out these words spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s chock full of challenges, motivation and encouraging quotes together with room for your own entries. Look inside and see some of the quotes and the delightful format of this journal here. I plan on using this little gem to assist me in my journey to freedom from fear this coming year. Would you like one too? I’ll be giving this journal to two My Word Study readers who leave a comment on this post between now and midnight Christmas Eve. I’ll pick the winners on Christmas Day because after all, Christmas is all about the arrival of Jesus…the greatest expression of God’s perfect love which casts out fear. And that, my friends, will be my foundation for a fearless ’15!
Merry Christmas everyone!
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