A Word for 2013
Every year after the holiday hoopla is over, I spend time reflecting over the last year. This past year was full of rejoicing, but not without periods of fear and confusion. If the last year was characterized by one word, I think it would be “SEE!” Landing a book deal was definitely the highlight, as God told me for five years to trust Him and write. I ignored him for three and half years and signing the contract with Tyndale was a big “see” moment. See what I can do? See what I promised?
I’ve worked through some difficult family issues this year and here again, I feel like God spoke through the hopelessness and said, “SEE!”I told you I can redeem all things. Michael’s health is impeccable and I’ve truly seen how little control I have over life and how God always takes care of us. This year, I have SEEN the goodness, the grace, the healing, and the mercy of the Lord.
Just a few days ago, I started praying about my word for 2013. I was barely two sentences into my prayer, when I had my answer.
I thought it was just the beginning of a long-winded lesson, but I prayed and prayed and that’s all I really heard. Listen is my word for 2013. As I thought about it more, it makes sense. My world is noisy. Chaotic. Stressful. I am up very early, scurrying to put words on a page, and often crawl into bed entirely too late. I am Martha. I blast music consistently. I try to use every spare minute to read and research and work and write.
Writing is all about listening. As a writer, I am supposed to listen to the things people do not say, to the heartbeats, to listen to the sorrow in someone’s voice. I want to listen to your stories and listen well. Writers must train ourselves to hear that which other people cannot, to listen for the significant in the world of seemingly insignificant occurrences.
This year, I resolve to listen. Listen to the words waiting to be birthed. Listen to my heart cries & yours. Listen to the voice of God.
Honestly? I feel so inadequate most days as a writer, especially when I read other writer’s blogs or take note of their accomplishments. I can also feel inadequate as a wife and friend. Sometimes it necessary to turn off the social media and the incessant reading & comparing myself to others and just sit back and listen. I want to sit in the wide-open spaces, waiting and listening for the voice of God. I want my writing to be deemed great, not because I can respond to the latest post or string some nice sentences together, but because I’m a great listener.
I will listen in order to shed light on the human experience. I will listen to bring hope to the darkest corners of your life & mine. I will listen & watch for the interruptions, that so often signal a path that will change everything. This year, I will listen.
Do you have a word for 2013? What will you do this differently this year?
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