I posted earlier that I was participating in ONE LITTLE WORD again this year.
For 2009, my word was NURTURE.
For 2008, my word was RENEW.
I have to be honest…I don’t think I’ve lived up to my words in either year. I also have to be honest about something else..I documented in my first post of 2008 that I was glad to see 2007 go…
I’ve been glad to see each of the last three years go. These last three years have been huge with joy and blessings, but also huge with conflict, struggle, anger, bitterness and hopelessness. (How awesome is it to be really honest about how things are going?)
Through it all, God has shown Himself strong and I remain thoroughly convinced that in addition to giving me some amazing fruit - like Jayden, Noah and all the girls in my life group - He has also been doing some pruing. And...well...pruning is painful!
I considered doing Nurture again for 2010…as having two boys and a husband much in need of momma’s attention make the word very appropriate. AND I feel as though it would be something I wouldn’t have to work too hard to keep in the front of my mind throughout the year.
But…for this year, I think a more appropriate approach would be the word CULTIVATE.
CULTIVATE is defined:
1. To improve and prepare
2. To grow or tend
3. To promote the growth of
4. To nurture; foster
5. To form and refine, as by education.
6. To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.
There is much I wish to cultivate…things I wish to improve, grow, tend, refine, to make friends with.
This word reflects my desire to show good stewardship over my blessings, to provide good leadership, to make my witness to those around me, especially my children, a good and wholesome witness.
I received some powerful insight just after Christmas – that I am no longer who I was, that I am not stuck with who I once was. The revelation that my journey has taken me far from the person I once was has given me fresh perspective. Its as though I suddenly see the things around me with new sunshine.
So…I suppose you could just call me “farmer Felecia”
I’m off to cultivate the life I’ve been meant to be living!!