Saturday, December 31, 2011

Breathe {inspiration for the last day of the year}

For the past couple of years now, instead of creating a whole list of New Year's resolutions (that I will unavoidably break by 3 pm on the first day of the year), I have tried to listen to God for a word that will point me in a direction for the year.  Last year, my word was engage.  As much as I struggled through a difficult season most of last year, I tried to engage - to show up - and be really present in whatever was going on around me.  The result?  I feel an aliveness that I have not felt in a LONG time!  The heaviness of a trudging season has lifted and I find myself in wide open {breathing} spaces!!

Over the last week, I found myself turning inward, being grateful for the word "Engage", and asking what the word for twenty-twelve might be.  I have had quiet mornings, sitting in my big red chair with only the lights of the Christmas tree illuminating the darkness.  (I am not only thankful for words, but also for the fact that my kids have entered the teenage stage and love to sleep late on holidays!)  I asked the question and waited for the answer.

At first there was nothing but quiet...although that in and of itself is a gift...but as I waited, there was a small stirring.  And that tiny awakening began to take shape into a whispered word....CONSISTENCY.
To be honest, I was hoping for something a little more exciting, so I listened for a few more days, but the song of "consistency" kept finding a rhythm in my heart, mind, body and soul.  My entire being was confirming that, yes, this was the word for me to enter into this new year.

I am not totally sure how this word will form itself in my life...that is also part of the ongoing listening process...but I can see my need for some consistent rhythms.  I have let some small habits go that need to be captured back and consistently practiced.  I need to consistently nourish my body (by eating well and moving); I would like to consistently find quiet moments to read, pray, and meditate; I need to consistently love those around me; I would like to consistently write.

Consistency...consistency...consistency.  What will it look like in my life in 2012?

So what is YOUR word?  What is the word that keeps tumbling through your heart like clothing in a dryer?  What is the word that keeps showing up even when you are not looking for it?  If it appeals to you, take some quiet moments as we start this new year and ask.  Then listen....see what happens.  God just might have a word for you too and it could be a delightful surprise that unfolds itself throughout the year!

Happy New Year!!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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