Many of my friends have picked words to define their year.
I choose three.
Deep. See. Dive.
They’re not new words. God’s been whispering them to me since at least September.
But this year, I want them to color everything.
In fact, I have a book burning deep inside.
Deep See Diving.
And I want to take you down with me.
To see Him in every moment. In every circumstance. In every object. Yes, even “overspiritualize” in order to keep Him before our eyes.
Are you with me?
I want to thank Kay Arthur who taught me how to see deep into the Word and dig for treasures.
And Claire Burge for her challenges as I’ve learned to dive deep with my little girl camera–and who offered advice toward the purchase of my new big girl (teenage) camera that won’t tuck easily into my purse.
And all those at The High Calling who journey with me and who inspire me every day.
And my family who puts up with my ever-changing (fickle) interests, especially my husband who is the victim of screeching tires and slamming doors and shoving matches–all in the name of capturing a moment in time.
And all of you, my readers, who have cheered me on and nurtured my spirit, laughed with me and cried with me.
And my sticky sisters (you know who you are), especially Tami Heim who encourages me to keep writing and has helped me find a focus. She suggested a posting schedule for this blog that will provide discipline and perhaps the ability to complete two–yes, two–books (fiction and nonfiction) by the end of this year.
A big issue for me will be that I might not be able to participate in as many blog chains, but I reserve the right to double post sometimes.
And so, drum roll, here is what you can expect on this blog as we head into 2011.
Subject to whim of spirit weather, of course.
Monday Meditations: Devotionals to open your eyes to the extraordinary in the ordinary. To prime your sight pump for the week. These will be full or abbreviated offerings from the devotional book I’ll write this year. So be sure to write lots of wonderful comments to impress a future agent or editor. Just kidding. Not.
Textures of Text: Babies are all about exploring textures and colors. Crinkly and silky and soft and rough and ridged and scratchy. They even have to learn to eat different textures, from liquid milk to smooth spinach and lumpy potatoes and chewy meats. It’s how they grow and stretch. On Tuesdays I’ll explore different texts–books (reviews and current studies), movies, music, a passage of Scripture. I might even review one of your blogs. We can grow and stretch together.
Window on My Writing World: On Wednesdays I might share a little of my own writing journey (so you can hold me accountable) or something I’ve recently learned about writing or some great resources. I might practice a little poetry or writing in place.
Through and Through My Life: Serendipity. Like life. Whatever strikes my fancy. For a few weeks, I’ll continue my reflections on @stickyJesus.
Fuel for the Weekend: Another devotional or a Bible study or maybe a prayer. Another day for lots of comments. Just kidding. Not.
Seasoned Sayings: I’ll continue to share inspirational or thought-provoking quotes from classic devotional writers, celebrities, writers, or maybe even something you’ve said. Timeless wisdom from past and present, sayings that are too long to tweet, Christian and non-Christian. Maybe I’ll even share a Snadyism.*
So that’s the plan, though I may get off to a bit of a rocky start since my daughter will have major surgery next week, which means I will be helping to care for her as well as her girls.
Pray for me as I work toward goals for this year–with the desire to balance Mary and Martha. To be before I do. To wait on Him and see deep. To pursue simplicity of head, heart, and home.
Will you join me?
*Snadyism: “Snady” was born of a typo, and the nickname has stuck. A Snadyism is a saying I made up.
Note: Linking this post to the Faith Barista Jam for Thursday, January 6, where she asks us to share our word for the year.