For a while, I was thinking about choosing OPEN for my 2013 One Little Word. Last year, I focused a lot on the idea of keeping an OPEN heart. And this morning, I saw that Ali has chosen that word for 2013. I loved what she had to say about it, too, and I love her open heart necklace.
But, as I’ve been considering different words for the last few weeks, the same word just keeps coming to mind. And I think even though I love the idea of continuing to focus on keeping an open heart, this other word just might be exactly what I need in 2013.
So, the word I’ve finally chosen for my 2013 One Little Word is FURTHER. I don’t particularly like the way the word looks (or designing with it), but I DO like what FURTHER stands for and what it means — and could mean — for me in this season.
I want to take everything I learned in 2012 about keeping an open heart and moving FORWARD with hope, and I want to go FURTHER.
*I want to go FURTHER in my faith. I want to know Him more, trust Him more, hope in Him more.
*I want to go FURTHER in my art. I want to write more. Create more. Set up an Etsy shop. Use the gifts He’s given me to bless others and inspire joy in Him.
*And I want to grow FURTHER…keeping my heart open to His plan each and every day, going where He’s leading, and trusting Him every step of the way.
Here are my previous One Little Words (with snippets from those posts):
I think the word forward takes everything I experienced in 2011, and pushes me even further. As Holly wrote in her post, the word forward is about “not regretting anything that has happened in the last year and moving forward with new opportunities, new projects, and new goals.”
I love that—because there are certainly some things in 2011 that didn’t go as I planned or hoped they might. But that’s the way life works sometimes, isn’t it? We live as bravely as we can, taking risks, seeking God, and then we wait to see how it all will unfold, according to His perfect plan. Like it says in Proverbs 16:9: In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
I’m looking forward to all 2012 holds. There are so many hopes I’m holding close to my heart, hopes that I’ve given to the Lord, so He can establish my steps, according to His will.
I think it’s a great word that sums up how I want to live and experience life in 2011. I want to be present in every moment, discover new things, and seek out new experiences and adventures. I want to learn and grow from each new experience and continue to be shaped into the woman He wants me to become.
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