(This is the third year of my choosing a word to focus on. I chose Hope in 2010 and Grace in 2011.)
This year I wrote a list of nine words and prayed about them.
I finally decided, with God's nudging, that my One Word for 2012 is:
fel·low·ship /ˈfɛloʊˌʃɪp/ Show Spelled [fel-oh-ship] Show IPA noun, verb, -shipped or -shiped, -ship·ping or -ship·ing.
1. the condition or relation of being a fellow: the fellowship of humankind.
2. friendly relationship; companionship: the fellowship of father and son.
3. community of interest, feeling, etc.
4. communion, as between members of the same church.
Social situations exhaust me. In my empty-nester season of life, I am happiest at home where it is quiet and soothing and I can recharge myself for the next day or event.
Yet through the years I have come to realize that life is about relationships.
Deepening relationships with God and with people.
Relationships with people take face-to-face time and energy.
I make the commitment to God.
I need to invest myself in being in fellowship with people too.
I believe God places every person in my life for a reason.
Some fit like a glove, others not so much. Yet I become a better woman from each type of person. Spending time and listening to them teaches me things I hadn't thought or experienced personally. Sometimes the lesson is in my personal reaction or thoughts and how God can shift them (my reactions/thoughts) to appreciating who I usually refer to as my "Christian challenges." :)
In 2012, I will focus on fellowship.
Opening my heart and home to people.
Dedicating time to God through worship and studying scripture.
Sharing my time with people,
and with a generosity of spirit, socializing with others.
2012 is my year of fellowship.
Do you choose a word to focus on each year? Would you share it here?