Sunday, January 1, 2012

Autumn Asks: What Is Your Word Of The Year?

If you have read here for the last few years, you know that each year instead of having New Years Resolutions, I have a word of the year instead.

2009 and 2010 my word was Love.  And I'm very happy to say that those two years produced so much growth in that area.  I developed a heart for my neighbors and learned to love through disagreements and differences of opinions in a much deeper and easier way. Very life changing.

2011 my word was Embrace.  Embrace for all the changes I felt coming. And I think I've done rather well. To date I have not lost my mind or been impatient (a big challenge for me) about the retirement and beginning a new life as civilians.  Just a year ago I would have been completely off the wall with the fact that Hubs has no job lined up. Instead I have embraced the time I have had with him and enjoyed every minute.

I've had a hard time coming up with this years word. There are many things that would fit our situation. But one situation shouldn't rule the whole coming year.  Twelve months is a long time and bigger than a situation. (Or at least I hope it is!!!)

But I wasn't feeling anything I came up with.  When I finally did find my word I was as first dismissive because is was like 2009/2010...just a continuation of the year before with a twist. But I think sometimes God just isn't done working with us after only 12 months.  So I am going to go with it.

So this years word is:


Although not exactly the same as Embrace, its very close.

Receptive to however long it takes to find employment - without impatience and fear

Receptive to where ever we end up - I have a preference for where I'd like to go. And I know we could go there.  But its more important that I am receptive to what Hubs wants than wanting what I want at his expense. That's what is most important.

Receptive to finding a  new church - instead of giving up like we did here.

Receptive to making new friends and developing deep relationships - which I have avoided for the most part (with a couple of exceptions) here.

Receptive to all the changes that are staring us in the face - without impatience and anxiety.

Receptive to all the things I can't even imagine that are about to be thrown our way.

And most importantly....receptive to what God has for us.  Where He has for us.  When He has for us.

Its going to be a busy year.


  1. I just love your perspective on life, Autumn. Having said that, my word for 2012 is...SLEEP!

  2. Good word!! That is one that if I was in deficit of it would be very ugly. So here's hoping sleep is your friend in 2012!