January 03, 2012

One Word

Rough hands can be gentle.
I've been reading all over the place about choosing one word to focus on this year.  I had thought about jumping on the bandwagon and dismissed the idea.  Another thing to do is something I just don't need.

Then it came to me that the right word could simply go along with, support, and possibly flow out from the resolutions I've already made.

When I put my mind to it, it really didn't take long to come to a word.  The word.  My word for the year.

Gentleness.

Gentleness is so much more than a soft touch.  It is patience, love, encouragement, soft-spoken-ness, thoughtfulness in deed and word, service....and so much, much more.  It's key to being a Titus 2 woman.

Confession time.  I am not a gentle woman.  Though I can be quiet, my manner runs more toward what I imagine the "Sons of Thunder" were like.  Brash.  Impulsive.  Shooting off their mouths without thinking.  Critical of others.  Quick to judge.  I know this in my heart.  I know it because my daughter tells me so.  And lately  (this one really hurts) I know it because even my husband tells me so.

Gentleness.  The word and goal for the year.

What is your word?

Continuing to count blessings:


66.  The pale lavender and blue of a snowy morning.


67.  Words...that craft a story, comfort a friend, soothe a child, make us laugh.


68.  The hum of a furnace keeping us warm.


69.  Remembering the good in a tragic life cut short.


70.  Flags snapping smartly in the wind.


71.  Roads not nearly as icy as expected.

6 comments:

Modern Day Disciple said...

Happy New Year, Stacy! Good Word. Gentleness. We have lots in common. I am also not so gentle and that was one of my prayers early in my marriage. The journey sometimes feels slow. But at least it is a fruit of the Spirit. God will grow it in you! A good fruit for the New Year!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Prayer.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your word is wonderful. I drove to bowling today thinking about a word all the way. I have several that I like but I'm thinking ~passion~. Meaning that I would do all things this year with passion in my heart.

Stacy said...

Dawn, thanks. I've been enjoying your blog...even though I'm a bad "creeper" and don't always comment, I am reading. Gentleness comes and goes with me. Impatience is a problem and I am working on it.

Ellen....Is that your word? Or advice? Either way...

Debby...passion is very good!

Tink726 said...

wow a word - that is a hard one to really think about - but I think gratitude is possibly mine at first thought, because I am grateful to work with the seniors, grateful to work with others helping, grateful to my husband for his providing and support, grateful to my daughters, etc, but when I am grateful do they see it or am I harsh, sarcastic etc I need to be truly grateful so they realize that I am so blessed and know I am blessed to have them in or touch my life - so right now it is grateful

Stacy said...

Grateful is an excellent choice! If you haven't read Ann Voskamp's "One Thousand Gifts" I highly recommend it.

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