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One Word 2014: Today

Have you seen all the buzz about having a “Word of the Year,” instead of making New Year’s Resolutions that are seldom achieved? Evidently, you choose just one word – something that you can work on or focus on during the year- and focus your energies there.  I’ve never been a big one for resolutions, but I thought maybe I could handle this “one word” thing with some degree of success.  Just one word to focus on for a whole year.  I can do this.

But have you tried to pick your “one word?”  OK, I can pretty much come up with a list of several “words” that could use a little tweaking! How on earth can I  pick just one??  I started thinking it should be “Hope”…I know I can look forward to the future with hope thru Christ, but I don’t always feel that hopeful. Then I thought, maybe my bottom line problem is “Trust”…I know I can trust God, but am I really trusting if I’m not looking forward with hope?  But maybe it’s not about trust or hope. Maybe, bottom line, the word is “worry.” I need to quit.

So you see my dilemma?  One word inevitably leads to another.

SmallOneWord2014But really, if you boil it all down, hope, trust, and worry are linked to the same issue.  I need to rejoice in today.

Today’s milestones, today’s accomplishments, today’s good moments, even today’s struggles… being grateful for today and what today holds.  So maybe that’s it! My word should be “today.”

Last night, as I woke up, once again about 2am, it became clear.  As I layed awake, worrying in my sleepy mind, I knew my word should be TODAY.

Psalm 90:12 says this, “Teach us to number our days, so that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Don’t dwell on past issues. Don’t worry about what the future holds. We have today. Value today. So this year, I will make an honest effort to cherish each day for what it holds, not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow.

What about you? Have you chosen a “word” for 2014. If you have, I’d love to hear about it! Please comment below.

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How Am I Supposed to Get Anything Done?

My desk sits in front of big picture windows. It is filled with paperwork in progress for the business, items to be reviewed for Mosaic Reviews, bills to be paid, homeschool files and lots of other junk needing to be taken care of!  So I’m sitting here, a bit overwhelmed at times, trying to be productive and in flies a flock of some kind of bird. All 20 of them land right in the tree closest to the window. I don’t know what they are…quick grab the camera…oh no, it’s downstairs! So I run downstairs, hoping they don’t fly away. Grab the camera, run upstairs, whew…..they’re still there….snap a few pictures. Ok, now they’re closer to the downstairs window so I run back downstairs. Awesome!

But what are they? Then I remember the Audubon Birds app on my iPad, which is, of course, upstairs! Back up I go! I do an advanced search…small like a sparrow, in Michigan in January, has yellow, tan, white, red…….It’s the Cedar Waxwing!

They are beautifully designed, don’t you think?

I love the mask.  It makes them look mysterious. 🙂

And all that reminds me of this…

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,

and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Matthew 6:26

So let’s put our worrying behind us and get on with our day.  He’s got this!  As for me, I think I need to move my desk away from the windows.  How am I supposed to get anything done?

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