As I reflected on my 2013, it seemed like the best response. Despite a number of really amazing highlights—trips abroad, relational miracles, this blog (and you readers)—the daily life of 2013 was really, really disappointing for me. Over the course of twelve months, I watched my life sink into slow orbit around my husband's job, a church where I never quite fit, and a growing level of spiritual attack against my writing, making it almost impossible to work on the book I desperately want to finish. It was as if someone was wringing out my identity in front of me, and all I could do was watch as my independence, strength, and productivity dripped into a puddle on the floor.
It was a year of refining fire, of everything being stripped away. And though I don't think for one second that God didn't use it for his purposes, I honestly don't know what those are right now.
After I stopped crying on New Years, I sat down and prayed that God would give me one word for 2014. I talked it over with Sam, too, and he helped me find my word: RECLAIM.
When I said it aloud, it rolled off my tongue with so much power, so much oomph, I knew it was my word.
As a writer, I appreciate words with nuance and multiple meanings. Reclaim comes from the Latin reclamare, meaning "to cry out" or "protest." If there's anything I feel like doing after this year, it's crying out. Mostly to God, but also to my community. There is so much injustice, particularly against women, in my part of the world, and I'm tired of being quiet. I'm tired of just letting things happen.
I don't know exactly how this reclaiming will go, but I do know that the word has given me hope and a fresh courage to walk forward. It's given me a vision for what this year could be, and a battle cry as I forge toward it.
Want your own word? Check out this guide to choosing one. Or go to OneWord365.com and see what other people have chosen, to give you a few ideas. I'd love to hear what word you choose. Leave a comment. Send me a message. Let's do this together.
Loving and reclaiming,
PS: In case you missed it, this blog was definitely one of the highlights of 2013 for me. It's been such a joy for me to write each week, even when I have to push through spiritual attack to get there. And it is the coolest feeling in the world when you guys read, like, comment, or share my posts. Thank you so much for your encouragement.