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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Inspirational Pinterest boards
I thought I would add this bit of information concerning a word for the year. Choosing a word to focus on each year is something I've been prayerfully doing for about seven years. The word of choice isn't my only focus of study, but it definitely plays into it. I find that I tend to study the word and/or the biblical principles it points to at the beginning of the year, usually January maybe into February.
I have found, though, that as I go through the year, I invariably come upon material relating to my word or encouraging me in my focus on it. So what I've done the past few years is to make a Pinterest board for my word of the year. It's great when I come upon a blog post or other online material to be able to just pin it to a specific board to refer to later. Just as an example, here is the link to my Settled Pinterest board.
Below are screenshots of my other "word" boards. If you want to check them out, just go to my Pinterest and you should easily be able to find them.
(Please read: As mentioned earlier, I'm very much aware and sensitive to the fact that there is nothing magical, more spiritual or even necessarily desirable about choosing a word to focus on for a new year. Barbara H. wrote a bit about this last year, and this year she has expanded upon the theme with this post: You don’t have to choose a word for the year. She's right; you don't. I don't have to, and the time may come when I don't feel led to.
But this year, and the seven preceding it, I have found that having a word to focus on has helped me greatly. For example, the year that I chose "stewardship", I found it so encouraging anytime I felt like giving up to just think about my responsibilities to God to steward my life well for His glory.
So please, don't choose a word for the year just because I or others do, and don't ever feel less spiritual for not choosing one. It's just not necessary. It's something I do because I have found it helpful in my Christian walk -- and you might too -- but then again it may well not be for you.)
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.