My good friend, Amanda, has done the word of the year for two years running. Last year, I said that I would think about it, and this year I would actually like to participate. Really what it boils down to is choosing a word for the year that you want to live by. When I read her post for 2010, a word instantly popped into my mind and that word is ‘trust‘. Dictionary.com defines trust as:
1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
2. confident expectation of something; hope.
3. confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
4. a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
5. the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
6. the obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed: a position of trust.
7. charge, custody, or care: to leave valuables in someone’s trust.
8. something committed or entrusted to one’s care for use or safekeeping, as an office, duty, or the like; responsibility; charge.
My initial thought is that I want to grow in my ability to trust God and who He is but when I read that definition, I see the implications in other areas of my life too. Especially in terms of Jude but also in areas of my family, friends, husband, our material provision . . . Will you consider maybe doing a word of the year too? I’m excited to see how this word will continue to surface in all areas of my life as the year progresses.
In addition to meditating on this word throughout the year, I am copying Amanda’s great idea of creating a quilt block with the word embroidered on it. It’s cool to think that over the years, I’ll have eventually have a quilt full of meaning. Here is this year’s quilt block – it’s an Empire Star. The fabrics are from Heather Bailey’s new Nicey Jane collection. If you know me, you know I’m not a precision sewer. I mean, you pin things before you sew them? Not me! Well, turns out that this first foray into more complicated quilt block making requires some precision, so this block is try number 2 (I still didn’t pin anything though, shhh). The first one wasn’t awful, just didn’t quite meet my expectations so it will get turned into a tote bag or something. 🙂