Tuesday, January 1, 2013
My Word (and scripture) for 2013
It came to me. I wasn't even searching. I wasn't even thinking about it. I was settled,and fine with where I was at; no resolutions, and no goal lists for the new year.
And then it came to me, one word for my new year.
While thinking about my Resolutions, Book Challenges, and such post, I was also scanning through Facebook and came upon an update regarding choosing a word for the new year; a word to inspire and create intention in one's life. I did this one year, maybe two, and I have to be honest....I sort of forgot about the word well before the year was half way through.
So then why choose a word for 2013? I did not choose the word, the word chose me. It jumped out at me, and it feels important.
One word to set the theme I would like for the year. What my focus shall be, summed up in one word.
One word that has meaning to me; its a personal thing
It fits and defines so very well.
Fellowship with God. Fellowship with others. Sharing; common ideas, thoughts, emotions. Community. Participation. Koinonia ( koy-nohn-ee'-ah).
Communion came to me, and settled within my mind before I even knew it.
At first, I thought the word speaking to me was habits, but upon reflection, I realized that habits was my route for unearthing communion. I want to create life long habits for the areas in my life that I want to maintain focus, as mentioned in my Resolutions, Book Challenges, and such post. But it is ultimately the state of communion that I am desiring from these focus areas.
Communion with God. The daily embracing of His love for me. The daily embracing of being in His Word. Through creating the habit of spending time with God, daily - actively reading my Bible; study and memorizing. The habit of prayer. Through setting in place these life long habits creates daily communion with God.
Communion with others; the sharing of myself, thoughts, ideas and feelings. The habit of responding to life with humility builds communion. The habit of responsibly taking care of my body and mind through nutrition and exercise builds communion. How? Better I am with myself, the better I am able to share of myself, participate....to have communion with others. But truly, those habits would mean nothing if my communion with God was or is not in place.
For 2013, I want to remain focused, and create the habits that will carry me forward year after year.
Habits that compliment a state of being - not doing.
Life changing habits to create communion that I ultimately desire.
Being in communion.
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2013 Verses of the Year
The following two verses are ones that I want to keep close at hand throughout the year. They both compliment my desire for communion by keeping my tendency to worry at bay, and keep reliance on God's strength in the forefront of my thinking.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:35 (NIV)
"but those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
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Side Notes, and Resources:
I do not expect perfection from myself, or others for that matter. My word for 2013 is a guide for my year. A reminder that being is far more important than doing. And hopefully I can grab onto "being" when I find myself fumbling.
One Little Word 2013 - I am seriously considering signing up for this class to help keep communion a visible part of my life. Scrapbooking my one word throughout the year sounds like a great way to keep my word from falling to the wayside within the busyness of life.
Bible Readng Plans for 2013 - I desire to be in the Word daily, reading through my Bible. This link gives several plans to choose from. I am not sure which one I should go with; decisions. Anyone reading through the Bible this year? If so, is there a plan your following?
Bible Reading plans - Christian Doctrine (52weeks) - found on Kathy Howard's website under free resources. An interesting way to read the Bible during 2013. Four quarters of PDF are used for this plan. And there is a Facebook Group.
How to Not Read Your Bible in 2013 - interesting, and stuff to keep in mind.
Scripture Memorization - this eludes me. I seem to not be able to get a handle on this. I desire to tuck God's Word into my heart, and be able to pull it out at any given moment, but my goodness, my brain does not seem to be making scripture stick in my head. I'd like to change that this year. I am at a loss on how to go about this - which verses to focus on (except for my two verses for my 2013 year). Should I memorize random scripture? Along the lines of 52 Weeks 52 Verses, Topical Scripture Memory Plan, One a Week Scripture Memory Plan (more like 2/month for me), Sermon on the Mount and while memorizing, read The Sermon on the Mount: A Verse-by- Verse Look At The Greatest Teachings of Jesus. Decisions, and I'd like to make one soon.
Whatever I do, the bottom line is having communion with God; actively reading and studying His Word.