The basic premise of the book is that each year Debbie has chosen, with God's help, a word to focus on for the coming year, words like trust, joy, surrender or balance. It has been her experience that this word becomes a part of the fabric of that year, weaving itself into her heart, mind, spirit and teaching her lessons that transform her life.
"The surprising thing is that when we decide to focus on one word for the year," Debbie writes, "God takes part in the choosing. That's why the word is perfect for us. We may not see it at the time, but as we look back we see that it all worked together - our word, our life, our journey."
As I listened to the words of this book, the word "Hope" kept springing up within me. After several days of prayer, reflection and some unusual "coincidences", my word for 2015 was decided: Hope: A Joyful Anticipation of Something Good.
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The future as yet is unwritten. I have many choices ahead of me, but I know that with God's help and guidance I can make better choices for myself and others. I can choose healthy habits and anticipate better physical and emotional health. I can focus on positive thoughts and having a grateful heart. My hope is in God and in his many promises, for abundant life, for healing, for joy. Wonderful adventures, opportunities, relationships and blessings are just around the corner in 2015.
I know this word is deep and complex. I'll keep you abreast of my Hope journey and share what I am learning from time to time. I've ordered my bottle of Hope essential oil blend and will be diving into all that God wants to teach me.
Let me know if you discover a word that you will focus on in 2015.