Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This and That About.....One Perfect Word

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One Perfect Word
The New Year is almost upon us, dear readers! And as I reflect on the past year and plan for the new, I want to share One Perfect Word with you. Have you heard of the author, Debbie Macomber? She is one of my favorite authors that I have not yet shared with you. I first met Debbie in print many years ago, when I began finding her romance stories and reading them. She is a prolific writer and has published many, many books over the years so you will have no trouble finding titles by her! Her books are also frequently turned into Hallmark Channel movies and, of course, there is a series on Hallmark now devoted to her Cedar Cove series. As the years have gone by, however, she has devoted many books to her Christian faith. And I find that I love her most recent fiction books, as well, as they seem to speak to women more in my age bracket. Not that I don't like romance...but I find I now enjoy reading about the adventures of, shall we say, women of a certain age more now? But..I digress from the point of this post..which is One Perfect Word!

In her book, One Perfect Word, Debbie talks about her personal life, and how the Lord leads her to choose a word each year to focus on. Each chapter is dedicated to how a particular word impacted her life that year. I decided several years ago to try this and I must say that I have been amazed by how the Lord has spoken to me in the context of the word for the year! Here is the back cover of the book, if you would like to read more about Debbie Macomber and her book.

Over the years, I have chosen different words, each time praying that God would give me the right word. One issue I have, is narrowing it down to just one you will note that some years I have two words! That's just me...I have a hard time making my mind up! And sometimes, I feel that I hear leading to one word and then another comes. But, the key for me, is that I have a focus word(s) that speaks to me throughout the year and leads me as I search for the word in scripture, talk to the Lord about the word in prayer and generally meditate on what God is urging me to do through this word. My word(s) over the years have been...Prayer, Gifts, Trust-Acceptance, Hope-Present and this year for 2016...Make Room-Gratitude. I am excited to think where the Lord will lead me as I make room with gratitude in my heart this year!

Perhaps you would like to try one perfect word as part of your new year! And definitely try some of Debbie Macomber's other books as well. I know you won't be disappointed!! I close with the scripture Debbie shared in the preface to her book.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.    John 15:7

With Gratitude,

Linking to Imparting Grace

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