My One Word for 2012…Over and Over Again

Friday morning my husband and I had our porch party. I wrapped the red fleece blanket around me and sipped my coffee.


“Lots of people pick a word for the new year,” I said. “You know, this year my word was courage.”

“Um-hmm. That’s a good one.”

“What word would you pick for 2012?”

It didn’t take him two seconds to decide. “Relax. Have more time to rest.”

“I like that. My word is surrender. Want to switch with me?” I said halfway kidding. Halfway not.

I’d found it the day before.

My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. December 22.

Here’s what Oswald says… “There must be a SURRENDER of the will…I must SURRENDER myself completely to God.”

The word jumped out at me. The letters seemed ten feet tall. I put Oswald down and read from my other devotional books.

SURRENDER. SURRENDER. SURRENDER. I found it three times. Three arrows to the heart.

I hear You, God, but I don’t want that word, I scribbled in my journal.

It’s up to you, the gentle voice inside said.

I know all about surrendering. I’ve done it. What else do I need to surrender to You?

Everything, He seemed to say.

Your will.

Your future.

Your writing.

Your fears

Surrender is a big word.  I can’t see what’s behind it.

But I can. I’m the Light of the world. Open your hands. Let go.  

I can’t do this without you.

Of course you can’t.

I’m probably going to have to surrender some things over and over.

That’s right. Moment by moment.

Maybe Rick’s word and mine aren’t so different after all.



Not my will, but Yours be done…” Luke 22:42 (NAS)

From my BFF’s blog. Her word for 2011.

Bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s word for 2012.

Has anyone else picked out your word for 2012? We can share mine if you want to. 🙂



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