I've never been able to come up with just a word for my year - far be it from me to be so succinct - but I did find something of my own to focus on, something to shape my heart and mind this year.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
2013 slipped into being as a season of in between, of waiting. And since I've never been good at the waiting, it would be far too easy to ignore the now, crane my neck and desperately hope for a glimpse of what is to come.
Seeing this verse in the infant days of January was a stark reminder tomorrow is not promised. Now is a gift - one He carefully crafted and saw fit to give. Every moment is sacred and rejoicing in each as it happens is its own kind of worship.
It hasn't always been easy. In fact, for the last couple of weeks it was a little difficult as I long for spring in the midst of a cold and rainy winter.
But a few days ago, the neighborhood woke under a blanket of white and His splendor was in the sunrise and I saw as plain as day that His mercies are new every morning.
For that one day, seeing the gift came as easily as breathing. This is the day the Lord has made. I WILL rejoice and be glad!
So I suppose I do have one word for this year after all. And after thinking on it for eight weeks, it only took writing one post to figure it out.