Several years ago, I stumbled into this amazing blogging community led by my friend at Grit and Glory… This community claimed one word to guide the year to come. I participated for a few years, and was always so inspired by the stories, the struggles, and the encouragement of others involved.
But life for me took a turn a few years ago, and I stopped participating in many things on social media, including the One Word 365 challenge. At the beginning of last year, I unofficially claimed the word SURVIVE as my one word for 2014. Living in the aftermath of thirteen years of military life, a broken marriage, and a move across 1,000 miles, survival mode seemed to be the norm. I spent 365 days praying I could survive what the next day held. Praying my kids could survive all that had been thrown at them in their short lives.
By the end of 2014, I was not only good at surviving, but even daring to hope for more… God had proven Himself faithful more times than I could count. Business was booming, my children were happy and healthy, and life was good. Perhaps survival mode no longer applied?
So when I saw the posts floating around social media for One Word 2015, I knew instantly the word to claim for myself for this new year. There’s a song by Casting Crowns that seems to sum it up well, and has become my theme song recently.
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive
It’s time for us to more than just survive. We were made to thrive.
In one of the videos on the Casting Crowns website, Mark Hall explains the inspiration behind this song. He talks about a tree planted beside the water, with deep roots “digging in and holding on” so that the storms and the winds are not able to make it move. Not only does the tree still stand, but it grows and it thrives and produces fruit as it should.
Mark references Psalm 1:1-3 in his explanation –
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.
I shared on Facebook recently that 2014 was a learning year for me. A year that my relationship with the Lord was deepened, a new respect and appreciation for His Word and promises was found. I suppose one could say it was a year that my roots dug deep and I’m learning to hold on.
So my prayer is that 2015 will be the year the roots hold fast through various trials and adventures – whatever God allows to come my way. And this will be the year we THRIVE!
ONE WORD 2015 :: THRIVE