Thursday, January 3, 2013

One Little Word

{You better believe those aren't my hands. It's far from gardening time. Photo here.}

The other day I stumbled upon postings by some of the great gals at Arkansas Women Bloggers. These posts were as intriguing as they were inspiring.

They were writing for a challenge called One Little Word and suggesting the rest of us lock in one word for 2013.

A word to not only represent the way we want to guide our lives over the course of the next 360-some odd days, but a word to provide inspiration, a word to pick us up when we are down, a word to make us better.

For a couple of days, I thought. I ticked through so many words my head started to spin. On January 1, I briefly listed a few things I'd like to accomplish this year. I tried to smush these ideas into a short, one-word summary.

In the shower this morning (the source of all my bright ideas), it came to me. Thus, I present my One Little Word for 2013:

I want to grow in many ways this year. The first are obvious. I will grow my belly, I will grow my family, and I will grow a little baby who I pray arrives safe and healthy this summer.

There are, however, a few more directions I'd like to grow in, too. I will grow my health. I will grow my garden and use it to provide for my family. I will grow in love for my husband. I will help my sons grow in new and exciting ways. I will grow as a mother.

This year, I will grow my faith, as well. I will to grow my relationship with God and follow a little more closely in our walk together. I will keep an open ear to what He's saying and encourage those in my youth ministry to do the same. (I wouldn't mind growing the entire program, too!)

The word itself is one of my favorites, too. Just seeing those four letters in that order brings to mind the hope of new life. Nourishment and greatness straight from the soil and the sun. Green, fresh, and lush. Happy and bright. This, my friends, is what I hope to be this year.

There you have it, my one little word for 2013. It's not exactly a specific resolution, but a lease on life. It's a specific way I'd like to live this year.

And I can't wait to look back on this growth when we flip our calendars to a blank-slate January once again.

What's your one little word?


Julie said...

Nice word choice! I chose Accept as my intention for 2013. I am so excited to see where it takes me this year.

Unknown said...

I love the idea of choosing one word for the year! I haven't written my post yet but I love this and am inspired to do so (even if it's a little late!). Thanks for sharing your word - great choice!!