In January I shared my word for the year of 2017 in THIS post. You can read all about it by clicking the link.
I chose the word SELAH- pause and praise because that time in my life felt very chaotic and messy. I was doing too much and wanting too much and I wasn’t really finding fulfillment in anything. At that time I was itching for a more small and simple life where I would find contentment and most importantly rest in mind, heart and body. So, what happened? dun dun dun…
What I did to put this word in action
The first few weeks after choosing this word, I quit one of my jobs and stopped volunteering with two organizations at my church. It was such a weight lifted off my shoulders and I felt so free. It felt good. Months later, I started regretting all my decisions because I didn’t know what to do with myself and I just began feeling really empty as if I was not being a valuable member in society. Even though I was still volunteering with one other organization, working full time and doing something else really important, I still felt pretty useless. I guess that was a con from this whole thing.
Having some free time and really pausing allowed me to form new friendships and reaffirm old ones. I think I’ve met so many awesome people just by having time to be involved in community. I went ballroom dancing with the seniors (65+ years old, for my non-American readers) at church, went to a retreat and went bowling, just some few things I’ve never done before. I met and befriended people from so many different countries and tried foods I will never really touch, right?. I prayed for people and shared the gospel. I found new music and I think I wrote more on this blog, I think… but looking back this was such a good word for me.
My praises weren’t what you would normally consider praises because they weren’t that happy and dancing type of praises. These praises were me praying and singing God’s goodness through the pain and especially when I was struggling to believe in His goodness.
I’m really glad I picked a word of the year instead of making many resolutions I knew I wasn’t going to keep for more than 3 months. It was less pressure for me and anytime I would feel chaos, I would just remember the word and I will try to just pause and if I was feeling some type of anxiety and fear, really pray God’s goodness over my life.
I will be doing another word of the year but I don’t what I want it to be yet. A few words are coming to mind but I want a word that will really rock my world and really make a difference in my life. I have an idea of what I want it to be but I am still praying over it.
What was your word of the year or did you make resolutions? How did it go, I’ll love to hear about it.