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Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Word of the Year...








In years past, my word of the year came to me repeatedly over the course of the holiday season. Time and again, I had to see it several ways before I realized, “Hey…this is it.” This year’s word is no different.
Last year my word was UNSHAKEN. What a tough, trying year it was! One of the hardest seasons of my life.  I wish I could say I remained unshaken, but the truth is, I was tested over and over again from the stroke of the New Year until the world closed its eyes on 2015 last Thursday night. Hard, messy stuff. Painful, fearful times.  But…I’m still standing.  I’m stronger than I was a year ago.  In spite of it all, I am unshaken.
Once again, I found myself wondering what this new year will bring.  Not just in my word for the year, but life, in general. Once again, I found myself saying, “That can’t be it” or “That’s too simple.” Over and over, NEW became the theme. But NEW seemed too simple, really.  It didn’t quite cover what was running through my head. NEW STORY, NEW BEGINNING. That seemed to be a better fit, but neither of those is a word; those are phrases. But then, as I was reading, I came across…

tabula rasa 
[tab -yuh-luh rah -zuh]



Something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced.
Tabula rasa is Latin for“blank slate.”

Tabula Rasa.  Latin for clean slate, fresh start. (New beginning)
And just like that, I knew.

     Tabula Rasa
           
2016 will be my Tabula Rasa. My fresh start. My new beginning.












Along with my Word of the Year, I always choose a Bible verse to focus on throughout the year.  My verse for 2016 is an old favorite:

          Isaiah 43:18-19

This verse has brought me much comfort in the past. After a really trying and tough 2015, I am claiming Isaiah 43:18-19. God is doing a new thing...







Happy New Year!


 

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