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......
Definition of REJOICE
: to give joy to : gladden
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.