Word of the Year-End of year review

So, there’s two more days left for 2015. This year was the year of renewal for me. I had every intention of continuing with my word of the year posts, but things got crazy. real crazy. Like, husband graduates, we wait in limbo for months for him to be licensed, then he moved away from us for more than a month while I packed up our lives with the blessed little old house we called home for three years fell apart all around us.  Then we moved to a new city and about the time I began to catch my breath, my dad’s health spiraled down and he was in the hospital and before we knew it, he was gone. Then the next week was Thanksgiving, then Christmas…and now here I am, looking 2016 dead in the eye. However, though I wasn’t able to stay consistent with blogging about my word, it was very much a part of my spiritual life throughout each and every month.

And you know what? I don’t feel renewed. Today, I was sitting in my living room eating a salad and having a conversation about it. To be honest, I was alone and that conversation was happening in my head, but it’s still applicable, right? (Also, while I’m on the topic of honesty, the “salad” I was eating was basically chicken and bacon with ranch and barely any lettuce, but Walmart made it and who am I to judge. It was delicious.)

anyway, I was thinking about my word “renew” and my 2015. My favorite thing to do with my word is to google my word by itself and read the definition that pops up. So in between bites of my “salad” today, I googled “renew.”

  1. resume (an activity) after an interruption.
    “the parents renewed their campaign to save the school”
    re-establish (a relationship)
    “he had renewed an acquaintance with McCarthy”
    repeat (an action or statement).
    “detectives renewed their appeal for those in the area at the time to contact them”

And suddenly, I saw it. I had a year of nothing but interruptions. If 2015 was anything at all, it was a year of resuming and repeating. It was a year of perseverance. A year I hoped would end with tall, healthy stalks actually left me with raw plowed soil. So, I’m entering 2016 with aches and questions, but I’m also entering with confidence and hope. …which reminds me, 2016’s word of the year? Hope.

What about you? looking back on your one word, can you see now how it outlined your path? Can you google and read the definition with new eyes? and anyone have a new word yet? This is seriously the earliest I’ve ever had mine! I’ll leave you with one of my very favorite verses…a verse that led me to my word renew, and ironically, also led me to my word Hope.


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