Goodbyes said to guests. Linens washed. Christmas decorations taken down and stored. Fridge restocked. Time to organize myself and face the new year.
Set up a new planner. Select journals. Reflect on the previous year and the new one. And choose a word for the year.
It had to be something about needing the Lord for guidance and help in the uncertainty of the year ahead. Dependance? Faith? Trust? Reliance? Clinging? But I wanted one word that would encompass all these concepts. I also wanted the Spirit to lead me.
During some moments of silence in Sunday’s church service, I thought back over the themes I had journaled on during Advent. And there it was!
I selected a verse that described my Shepherd’s tender care of me:
And one about my role in following him:
And lastly, how he will guide me:
Then I looked for quotes and found this that sums it up so well:
A shepherd leads and loves, pastures and provides, nourishes and nurtures, defends and dies, comforts and cares, heals and helps, guides and guards, tends and tutors.
What is your word for the year?
Thank you, Jesus, for being my gentle, good Shepherd. This year, teach me more about listening to your voice and following it. Help me to know the way to walk as the year unfolds.
For my planner, I chose the TUL Discbound Junior from Office Depot.
For my reflection, I used Lore Ferguson Wilbert’s New Year Questions.
And for choosing my word of the year, I used Danielle Coke’s A Good Look.