Friday, 1 January 2016

My One Word for 2016 - Choice!

I had my One Word for 2016 all planned out.  I had a blog post all written and ready to post on the 1st of January 2016 and 2 days before the end of the year another word chose me!  

So today, I unveil my One word for 2016.....

And the word is.....



This word hit me full in the gut!  It did somersaults in my heart.  Every single day of my life I have choices.  Looking back on the last year, a lot of my choices were negative, self-destructive, and not life-affirming.  I have not been choosing life!  In my words, in my thoughts, I have been choosing "not life"!  God in His Word has given us a choice...

Choose Life
Deut 30 vs 15-20:  (15) “Listen closely, I have set before you today life and prosperity (good), and death and adversity (evil); (16) in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk [that is, to live each and every day] in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgements (precepts), so that you will live and multiply, and that the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to possess. (17) But if your heart turns away and you will not hear and obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, (18) I declare to you today that you will certainly perish. You will not live long in the land which you cross the Jordan to enter and possess. (19) I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, (20) by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding closely to Him; for He is your life [your good life, your abundant life, your fulfilment] and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord promised (swore) to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

And so today, I not only unveil my One word, I unveil also my scripture for the year: 

Duet 30 v 19:  I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants


My goal for this year is to be more aware of what choices I make before I make them.  I want to make choices that are life-affirming, life-giving and bring hope, growth and joy.  I think in the emotional times, it will be tough.  But I think too, that making the right choice takes practice and decisiveness.  I know that as I step forward into this new year, God-willing, every day I will make right choices and when I don't I know that God's mercies are knew every morning and that it is also my choice to accept those undeserved mercies that the Lord so freely gives, and start anew every day!

So bloggers, what is your One Word for 2016?

God bless
Tracy

11 comments:

  1. Hi, Tracy! Happy New Year! Good "One Word"!!! I am still working on trying to figure out for sure what the dear Lord wants mine to be. I hope your year is very blessed! So thankful to walk this blogging journey with you. :)

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I am very grateful that you always comment and encourage me. Looking forward to sharing with you in 2016
      God bless

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  2. Declare is my one word for 2016.Happy New Year sugar! 😊 and I love your one word!!xoxk

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    1. Hi Stacey, that is a great word! I look forward to all you declare and receive in Jesus name
      God bless

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  3. Tracey, what a blessing to read your blog this morning. How beautifully you encaptured the essence of who you are. Thank you for this walk together. I take inspiration from your words. That, is my CHOICE today. To be inspired in grace and wisdom by those who walk with me on my path. A blessed and joyful 2016 to you and your family.

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    1. Hi Anita, thank you for your sweet words. They are such an encouragement to me. I look forward to your posts this year and trust the Lord work in our lives so we show the world more of Him and less of us.
      God bless

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  4. Great word, Tracy!! I think it's a word that shows *wisdom* ;-)

    You know, you're right. Sometimes it's all too easy to get caught up in life's circumstances, and we can feel like we're riding on a roller coaster at the mercy of the ups and downs. We forget that we have choices. It's important to live in an intentional way, don't you think?!

    My word for 2016 is grateful - and because this doesn't come to me naturally (I'm a nervous, negative sort), I am going to have to make a CHOICE to be grateful. I think God's got some deep work to do in me this year.

    Looking forward to sharing the journey!

    GOD BLESS!

    (If you get a chance, would love to have you visit and let me know your thoughts on my new word)

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    1. Hi Sharon, I think your word is excellent. We can never practice genuine gratitude enough.
      God bless

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  5. GREAT CHOICE ON YOUR ONE WORD...

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  6. I like what you said about being aware of what is going on around you. Often we walk with our head in the clouds and fail to see the gold at our feet. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  7. Choice is such a powerful word, Tracy! As you know already, it has played a big part of my word for 2016 - Live! Like you, I'm choosing to draw near to God and I'm choosing to live fully and embrace the plans He has for me!

    Blessings friend! Joan

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