My Word For 2022
For the past couple of months I’ve been thinking about a word, an intention, and a new practice for 2022. I didn’t think about them all at once, I thought about them at different times. Ideas came as I read or heard other peoples’ ideas about the new year. I came up with these three things that I feel will better myself and my life.
I’ve had a word of the year for about 15 years (I’d have to check with a former co-worker and great friend who started me on it). For all those years, I had the same word (s) STILL WATERS. Those two words calm me down and set me straight so often. I’m going back to it this year- STILL WATERS is my word for 2022.
I got the idea from one of Beth Moore’s associates at Living Proof Ministries. I read a blog post that one of the young women who works for her wrote. She wrote about being out on a ranch in Texas and looking out over a tank where the water was very still. She could see the reflection of everything around that tank-the trees, the livestock, the brush. She likened that to our lives. If I want my life to reflect Jesus, my “waters” have to be still. My life has to be still enough for Him to shine through!! That’s what I want in my life. Calm. Peace. No Waves.
2020 my word was Show Up– I wrote about it HERE.
2021 my word was Accept– I wrote about it HERE.
Since 2020 or 2021 weren’t the greatest of years, I’m going back to my tried and true Still Waters!! I need and desire a calm spirit!!
My Intention For 2022
I’ve never had an intention for a year before, but I’ve never experienced life the way I have the past two years either! The definition for intention that I found on Google is “ a thing intended; an aim or plan,” My sister and Oprah talk a lot about intention- mostly when it has to do with our actions, but I like that my intention for 2022 is how I intend to live or my plan (if you go back to the definition).
WWJD is my intention for how to live in 2022. When my Kids were young, What Would Jesus Do was a popular book and movement. We read the book and wore our bracelets with WWJD on them! It is such a great concept for kids to grasp. Products can be found HERE.
I hope for WWJD to permeate my life this year. How would Jesus handle all the things that I have going on around me?
Would Jesus argue with someone on social media?
Would Jesus think that it is OK to shout “Let’s Go Brandon”?
Would Jesus overeat?
Would Jesus get mad at someone over silly things (I’m thinking about me getting mad at Dr. T here)
The only way to have an idea of how Jesus would respond is to know how he DID respond while living on this earth. The only way to do that is to read my bible! I can’t be a follower of Christ if I don’t really know what I’m following. I can’t have still waters to reflect Christ is I don’t even know what Jesus looks like.
This brings me to my practice for 2022.
My Practice for 2022
Last year I used an app on my phone along with a Facebook group from my church to read the bible through in a year. I did it with very few days missed. It was a new experience, and I thoroughly loved it! That was my practice last year.
This year, I’m concentrating on my prayer life. My practice is to read ONE chapter a day in the bible. Use a journal that I’ve created for specific prayer and meditation (of which I hope to write a book about this year), and write out one Proverb a day. I started this practice yesterday and it took me about 15 minutes!! That’s all!!
I’m using this book to write out the Proverbs. I like this 17:18 Project experience. You can pick any book in the bible and write it all out. I love the book of wisdom so I’ve picked Proverbs for this year.
What about you? What goals, resolutions, plans do you have for the new year! I’d love to hear about them.
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