Thursday, January 5, 2017

Spiritual Journey First Thursday: One Little Word for 2017

Thank you, Irene Latham at Live Your Poem, for getting this group back together.  I look forward to our year together as we explore spiritual topics. Carol at Beyond Literacy Link is hosting our first Spiritual Journey First Thursday of 2017.  I loved these words from Carol about choosing a OLW:  “Each year instead of creating resolutions, millions choose one word to guide their journey. Why? One, meaningful word becomes a focal point, a reminder, and a guide throughout the year. It makes its way into your life, tugs at your heart, snuggles into your being, connects with your lifestyle, and accompanies you on your journey. It can be your mantra, your go to word, your star to follow.” 

This is my 5th year to choose a word to tug at my heart and snuggle into my being.  Here are the words that have guided my journey for the past four years.

Abide and
Drum roll, please . . . 
My One Little Word for 2017 -   

This scripture in Psalms 107:9 spoke to me in December:  "For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness."  I considered the words satisfied and filled, but decided that nourished was the perfect word.  

There are so many ways that I want to experience being nourished in this new year:
Nourished by immersing myself in the good word of God
Nourished by extending love to family and friends
Nourished by choosing to exercise
Nourished by making healthy food choices
Nourished by observing beauty in the world
Nourished by embracing quiet time
Nourished by sharing my writing 
Nourished by reading the words of favorite writers
Nourished by stilling the demands that crowd my heart so I can
listen to the stillness,
savor the present moment,
stretch to grow, and always
abide in His love to 
nourish my soul and reach out in love. 


  1. I LOVE how you incorporated all your previous years' words into your thoughts for nourish. This is a wonderful word and I am sure you will nourish many others by listening to them, savoring those moments spent with them, stretching yourself to give to others, abiding in the love of your family along the way!

  2. This is so beautiful, Ramona! Here you are nourishing all of us. Thank you! xo

  3. After the drum roll, your one word marched it. Nourished is one of those words that has its arms open so this makes perfect sense that it would follow your other words. Your list of what you would to accomplish with your word is awesome especially this line: Nourished by stilling the demands that crowd my heart so I can...This is such a strong, reflective line from a humble heart. I think your word will reach beyond you to bring peace to all of us.

    1. I forgot to thank you for letting my words grace your post. I am honored and grateful.

    2. Lovely, Ramona. I feel nourished already by just being here. I really like your list of ways you want to be nourished. It should be a good year!