Word for the Year

December 26, 2011

I have a tradition in preparation of the new year. At the end of December I come up with one word that I want to focus on for the coming year. A word that I hope will help change my worldly way of thinking. I recall the first year I had chosen the word “grace”. I painted a small canvas and set it as a daily reminder.

Might I encourage you to do the same? Pick a word? A line of scripture? Something that might draw you closer to Him.

This year I’ve chose the word “immerse”. In hopes of immersing myself in His word. Immersing myself in my children’s lives. Immersing myself in my marriage. Immersing myself into serving Him.

Once the word for the year is chosen it’s time to create a way to remember. And this year was highly ironic.

I chose to take an exacto knife and cut out each letter from cardstock and mod podge it to a piece of scrapbook paper.

After the first letter was out I was strongly discouraged. This was taking {what I thought was} for.ev.er. But I went onto the next letter. And after the second letter was cut out I went hunting for another way to make my word art. I was done with this tedious cutting out of each and every letter.

Oh. Wait. That’s exactly what immersing myself into life is going to be like. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be difficult. I’m going to want to give up and take the easy way out. This was all the  more motivation to finish these letters. And you know what? Plans change.

The finished art looked so much better reversed than what I had intended. I was going to place the cut out letters on top of the floral scrapbook paper but there was more beauty in placing the cardstock on top and allowing the design to peek through. Why do I have a feeling that’s going to be a running trend this next year as I begin to ‘immerse’? Hopefully I will also remember that His ways are always better than mine. I may have good intentions but God knows what is best in the end.

Prayerfully consider what word might benefit you this next year. And create art.



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