"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


My One Word

The idea of choosing "one word" for the year has been going around for some years now.

I purchased this book by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen a few weeks ago.  Mike began using one word in 2004.  He says, "In looking through the lens of a single chosen word, I found a new approach to personal change and spiritual formation - one that is doable, memorable, effective, and sticky.  The results have been greater than I expected."

In 2007 as pastor of Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC, he challenge his church to ditch their New Year's resolutions and each pick a word to focus on that year.  He says he titled the series and the project "My One Word."

Mike says, "the concept of My One Word is simple.  Lose the long list of resolutions - all your sweeping promises to change - and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything.  Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year.  This single act will force clarity and concentrate your efforts.  As you focus on your word over an extended period of time, you position yourself for God to form your character at a deep sustainable level.  Growth and change will result."

I have chosen my one word for the past few years, and will do so again this year. This book will be a tremendous help in keeping me focused and looking at it with new eyes.

There is a My One Word webpage and facebook page to find out more and connect with others participating.

I will have more on the word I am choosing later.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Mine was lovely, though I have spent most of the last few weeks in my pajamas!!  I have had a terrible cold/virus, today finally feeling like I am on the upside.

I am also so pleased to tell you all that my work has been published in the current issues of Art Journaling  and Somerset Studio magazines.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you in the next few days.

Grace and peace!


laurel said...

Mary, I've been thinking of you a lot lately but have been very bad at keeping up. I just received my Somerset Studio and loved your article. I'm so happy to see your work and your thoughts in those mags.

I like that one word idea because it does make it more manageable. Can't wait to see what yours is this year.


Jennifer Richardson said...

I'm so glad you're feeling on the mend, Mary,
and that your one power-word
is percolating inside
and ready to sing out
in the days to come.
I wish you the most beautiful
year you've ever known:)

Kim Mailhot said...

There is something really "doable" about the one word, isn't there ?
So glad you had a sweet Christams. Wishing you and your gang a healthy, peaceful and colorful 2013 !

Bevie said...

Congrats Mary for being in Summerset!!! I'm so proud of you sis..