Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Year Of

It's The Year of Faith for many of us.  Others will have their own The Year Of and some will have both. 
 
I've seen The Year of Modesty, The Year of Respite, and The Year of the Rosary will be a wonderful year as well.  I didn't really have to think about what my year will be.  It's been in the making for months.  It's been calling me.
 
When I look back at the last few years the times I've enjoyed the most are when gratitude has been marked or captured.  When I look at my gratitude I feel glad about my life, my blessings, my gifts, I thank God.  When I reflect on my gratitude I give thanks to Our Lord, complain less, focus on me less.
 
Gratitude is going to help me with my word of the year.  For Christmas my beautiful sister-in-law gave me a devotional to help me keep track of my gifts.  I've always like this community of gift markers so I've decided to add the 1000 Gifts app to my phone to capture and track my gifts, to help me with my word.

And here it is......


Rejoice!

re·joice

verb \ri-ˈjis\
re·joicedre·joic·ing
 

Definition of REJOICE

transitive verb
: to give joy to : gladden
intransitive verb
: to feel joy or great delight
re·joic·ernoun
re·joic·ing·ly \-ˈji-siŋ-lē\adverb
rejoice in

I want to be rejoicing in the Lord, my family, my friends, my life, my blessings, all my gifts from God.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  ~ Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)

Rejoice!  Rejoice in what is right here right now, rather than wishing time away to something else, another time.  The time is here, right in front of me, this time to rejoice!   





Do you have a word for your year?  I'd love to hear it.

16 comments:

  1. Love your word...I think I know my word, how fun to have a word for the year!

    I responded to your comment on Colleen's post, but will tell you here--when I broke my leg, I also got unorganized with my time and prayer life...funny how that happens...so I looped a plastic rosary around one of the crutches, that way it was always there, and I saw it often, even if only a decade was done at a time, at least it was prayed.

    Beautiful post...

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    1. I can't wait to hear your word!

      Glad you posted here about the Rosary tied to my "crunches". I will tied a corded Rosary on them! They are always with me!

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  2. Yes, being joyful and rejoicing in what I have been blessed with is definitely something I need to do more often!!!

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    1. I think I feel out of sorts otherwise.....???

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  3. Tina, that photo is stunning! Did you take it?

    I love your word and like you, I struggle with gratitude. Counting definitely helps and it does lead to joy. Good luck in your journey!

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    1. Hi Colleen,



      I did take the photo...it's from last year. I think minor edit like lighten it a little? Thank you!



      I need to count. Keeps me from wallowing. :) Excited to capture as much gratitude as I can.....that makes everything more fun!

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  4. Love it!! Rejoice was my word last year!! And, it took almost the full year to really get it down. It was sometime in December that I thought to myself, "I think you finally have rejoicing down. (in the way that God wanted me to and what He was calling me to)"

    My word this year: Wait. I am going to write a blog post about that at some point!

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    1. Can't wait (ha!) to read about your word. Plus I'd love to hear more about your journey with Rejoice!

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  5. That's a great word to combat the discontentment I've been prone to at times. I'll have to keep that in mind. Thank you for sharing. Love that picture of the snowy road. :-)

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    1. You have a great word for 2013 too. That could easily have been mine!

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  6. Embodying true joy is such a worthy goal. Your word is beautiful. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the lovely picture, too.

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    1. Thank you Jeannine! I love your word too and I love how you came to find your word!

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  7. Popping over from Suscipio to wish you a blessed journey with your beautiful word! Lovely post and peaceful photo to go with it:) It's a constant goal for me to live in the moment and appreciate the little things....WIth my oldest off to college, it's living proof for me that time goes by too quickly. Thank you for sharing your heart!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Tiffany. I hope to rejoice as much as possible, I realize already how quickly the time is flying by. This was very apparent while watch an infant baptism at Mass yesterday!

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  8. The word that the Lord gave me I thought strange at first until I understood. My word is FULLY as in fully alive,fully engaged,fully present and in the present and fully open to the Lord's will. This is the first year that I've ever thought about asking the Lord to name for me. Now I feel as though I have a focus and an area to concentrate on improving. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. What a great word Candy! It seems all our words tie together in one way. We can all learn from each other's journey with our words, I like that. Thank you for sharing with me your word. I hope I can do my word justice. :)

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