I too do the “one word” thing. Last year was my first year to do it, and now I’m hooked!
Last year my word was “New.” I can’t remember if I found out I was pregnant with Charlie before or after that word came to me. But “new” very quickly became a reality in 2017. New baby, new job, heck, we almost bought a new house! I remember when I was on maternity leave with Charlie that the Lord let me know that He was done with the new things for the year. While I was scared at first when this word came to me, “new” was full of really great things.
“I knew instantly that it was going to be a challenging thing.”
This year my word is “rest.” I knew instantly that it was going to be a challenging thing. Honestly, “rest” has given me more anxiety than getting the word, “new.” I’m not very good at resting. I’m either neurotic or lazy. I know it’s not exactly the best to be either one of those things. Maybe that’s why as soon as I prayed for the Lord to give me a word for this year, I was instantly impressed with the word, rest.
“THAT is how foreign resting is to me.”
I have no idea what’s in store for me this year. Will I learn how to truly rest? I don’t even think I know what I mean when I say “truly rest.” THAT is how foreign resting is to me.
I do know a few things that I’m going to do more of this year that might help me rest.
- I’m starting with my closet and the kids’ toys. Less crap to pick up, wash/fold/put away=more time (I hope)
- More yoga. It’s one of the few things I do where my MIND feels rested
- More writing/journaling. I know when my thought/feelings get written down then my mind and body are calmer
- More scheduling. This is to combat laziness. I also know that scheduling is a huge part of what keeps me on task, which I think, in turn, will lead to more time to…well, rest.