I was inspired by a fellow blogger and pastor's wife (thanks, Alida!) to think of a word for this coming year. There are many words that come to mind (debt-free would be one, but that's really two words; fat-free... also two words, etc.) but the one word that comes to the fore-front of my mind is "RESTORATION".
If anyone has read my blog for any length of time you will know that things over the past few years have been pretty rough. This past year was one of watching the dust settle, so to speak. We had a lot of changes from summer of 2009 to now... tensions, fightings, and numerous deaths, and have finally (pretty much) adjusted to a "new normal". However, we still long for healing and restoration. Some verses come to mind as I think about this word.
"He restores my soul"
"He will restore the years the locust have eaten"
"He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age"
"Restore to me the joy of your salvation,and uphold me with a willing spirit."
So this is my word for 2011, RESTORATION. I'll be pondering this word more over the next days, weeks, and months.