Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013: Word for the Year

The beginning of a new year is a source of fresh inspiration and excitement for me! New opportunities, new goals, new growth. But a new year can also be daunting. So often, life just doesn't work out the way we plan. {I'm speaking for myself here and assuming you can relate!} We set goals that we struggle to attain, make plans that don't materialize, and in those moments, struggle with defeat and discouragement.

That's one of the reasons I find purpose in a word for the year. My word for 2012 was TRUST. And believe me, it was a year of growing in that! So often, when I was feeling fearful and uncertain about the future, I would remember this word. And it comforted me to know that even when I didn't know the outcome, God did. And I could learn to trust Him to provide for all the details. I'm still learning what this means, and will probably be for the rest of my life! But it was so wonderful to see God's hand in the word that was on my heart.

So, with these lofty expectations already in my head, I started thinking and praying about the direction of my life for this new year. And of course, a word! It was an interesting experience, because it didn't come to me right away. Actually, the first word that came to my mind was GROW. There are specific areas in my life that I am praying about, and longing to see change in. I want to grow, to be challenged, to mature. Shortly after that, I was reading about TRANSFORMATION and it touched a chord within me. But a few days later, I was with my small group, and different women were sharing their word for the year, when IT came!!! And I knew it was my word! 

Definition: To set free from confinement, restraint or bondage.
To relieve of care and suffering.
To relinquish.

The last definition is what came to mind; a relinquishing of my dreams, my plans and the need to control my life. And that scares me! Surrender doesn't come easily for me. But when I looked at the meaning of this word, and saw the first part of the definition, I was blown away. I can't set myself free; that is God's work. And it happens when I release everything to Him! Then, and only then, I am truly free!!! Can I say "wow"? 

So yes, I am excited about this year!! I know there will be change, and it's not all going to be easy or even pain-free. But that is when growth happens, and that is when I experience transformation. So if you think of me and my word, you can whisper a prayer that I will live this out and truly experience release in my life. And I'd love to do the same for you! What is your word for 2013? 


  1. I needed to hear this today, Ruby. Thanks for sharing your heart. I think my word just might be Hope. The phrase 'cling to hope' has been on my mind a lot lately, along with the hope we can find in God's promises, especially in Psalms.

  2. Hi Ruby dear love your blog always . So inspiring encouraging and brightening a dreary cold winter day !