When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!
I have a piece of paper that I tore out of a magazine with OLW possibilities. No, the magazine didn't have OLW possibilities. I had written the possibilities on this page. Why not in my writer's notebook? Well, because I couldn't find it. I know losing your writer's notebook is a foreign idea to most of you. But losing things is a daily occurrence for me. And I've often written about how finding things is almost a daily celebration! Last week, my daughter asked me about my OLW. I shared my possibilities with her. I counted them. 11 words! She jokingly said, "Mom, add one more and you can change it to a word a month."
I did add one more (when I remembered it). Another word that had been following me around, but hadn't yet made it onto the piece of paper.
Here are my twelve possibilities for my 2016 OLW:
I'm recording them here because I'm not sure that I'll be able to find my writer's notebook, this piece of paper, or my mind by next year. But I love every single word on this list. I'm set for the next twelve years. I'll just revisit this list and choose.
My word actually found me in December, but I kept looking. Perhaps because it was such an old fashioned word, I wasn't sure if it would work. But ABIDE continues to lodge in my heart.
It came to me in a book I was reading, Stars: Reflections on Christmas by Chieko Okazaki. The chapter "Shepherds Abiding," breaks into three sections: Abiding in the Field, Abiding in Faith, and Abiding in the Savior's Love. I plan to visit these themes throughout the year.
I find myself humming "Abide with Me," as I work in my field:
"I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What, but Thy grace can foil the tempter's pow'r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me. "
I promised myself a quick celebration. Today I celebrate abide, my OLW of 2016. I'm looking forward to the journey of a new year as I seek to abide in the field, in faith, and in the Savior's love.