This is me, jumping into the pool with others who have chosen One Word that they want to focus on for the year. I’ve read some really good posts on a variety of life-words, and it truly is inspiring.
When I started thinking about this about a week ago, my word immediately came to mind and didn’t go away. I rolled a couple of other words around, just in case, but they never quite fit. So, my word for 2012 is…
Peace…in my relationships, in a quieted heart and trusting mind, in contentment…peace.
Peace: calm repose; free of strife or discord; harmony in personal relationship, especially with God (from my NLT dictionary)
This past year found me in strife and…what’s the opposite of calm? Panic, maybe? Unease, unrest? Well, whatever it was, it was not healthy or helpful. I want something different for this year.
These are the verses I want to memorize and live out:
For peace in relationships
“…If you want a happy life and good days, keep your tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others.” 1Peter 3:10-11 (NLT, emphasis mine)
This is NOT the glossing over problems, pseudo-peace that I tend to be ok with too much of the time. This is the peace that comes from dealing with conflicts correctly, confessing, communicating, and giving up control. My husband would tell you that these are major problem areas for me. And he would be right.
For peace of heart and mind
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7 (NLT)
Without a doubt, 2012 will throw some curve balls at me. That’s just the way life is. By the end of the year, however, I want to be able to say that through it all, I was at peace.