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I think that I first heard about choosing a Word for the Year from Sara Frankl, known as Gitzen Girl in the blogging word. Sara was a 30-something Christian woman, a writer, and a chronic illness warrior who battled multiple autoimmune conditions. She taught me so much about faith, about choosing joy, about finding purpose in Jesus when illness changes your physical limitations, about navigating daily frustrations when living with a chronic illness... and also about enjoying life, about learning how to paint, and about being creative. I am immensely grateful to the lessons she taught me, and I miss her dearly even ten years after she passed away.
The premise of the Word for the Year is simple: choose a word for the year... a focal point. For me, this is an act of prayer and obedience. I ask God for my word. Sometimes I have to wait for it... sometimes for weeks. Other times, it comes almost instantly. Usually, there are layers of meaning to the word, and it applies to many aspects of my life. Often there is an element of fun, of teasing, of being so completely known and loved...
Always, the word is a surprise. It takes on new meaning as the year unfolds. It applies in ways I couldn’t have imagined. It is always an exciting adventure... a promise from God that He goes before me and will be with me... a remembering of His love for me.... a reminder that He knows me better than I know myself... that He has numbered every hair on my head...
To learn more about Sara Frankl, check out her blog: Gitzen Girl.
Some of her writings have been published in a book, "Choose Joy: Finding Purpose and Hope when Life Hurts". Click the link to go to Amazon.
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