Wish:: a desired outcome
Hope:: a directed confidence
My word for 2010 was HOPE. Oh trust me, I had a wish about how it would turn out, but I chose to put my Hope in Christ.
For those of you that don’t know the story, I had chronic back pain for nearly 7 years. I won’t go into details here, but if you want to read on you can HERE.
Being a super frugal person, this whole thing was a hard pill to swallow. I chose a surgery that my insurance would not pay for. All I could do was HOPE. HOPE for finances and HOPE for a successful surgery.
I didn’t choose this word, this word some how chose me. It found me in January and I just began to cling to it as I went from doctor to doctor and surgeon to surgeon.
On my birthday in February a friend gave me a gift box and really big on top it said “HOPE.” She said to me I know I don’t normally give gifts like this, but for some reason I felt like I needed to give this to you. Wow!
I told my father in law, who is my prayer warrior, what my word was and he began to pray. One day he came by the house and put a verse inside my box that talked about HOPE.
I sit here today, pain free, for the first time since…well, I don’t even know how long it has been. I am officially off pain pills and I am slowly getting my life back. HOPE
Let me back up and say, I have never had a “word” for the year. Who does that? But like I said, that word found me and became my prayer. Trust me, if I could actually pick a word on my own it would be “PRANKS.” That’s right, and my goal would be to see how many pranks I could pull in that year. And that would bring me great JOY!!
It has happened again this year and my word is JOY. I am praying for JOY over my husband, my kids and our lives together. I want us to all find JOY in situations that no one can find JOY in.
Again, this word found me. It actually found me a few weeks ago. It’s fine by me, I would rather choose JOY over anger or discontentment.
Also when I think of JOY I think of cartwheels, who knows, maybe sometime this year I will feel good enough to do cartwheels. There’s always HOPE.
So, how about you…do you have a word for the year?
This post is part of Mama Kat’s Workshop. The topic :: Choose a word that encompasses 2010 and a theme for 2011.
Photo courtesy of Bethany Mae Photography