I recently heard about One Word 365 and thought I might want to participate. In true “Google Search Queen Fashion” I went on a hunt to find out more about this challenge. Several people had posted how the act of focusing on just one word actually made a huge impact on their year. There are two quotes that POPPED OFF the page when I was learning more about One Word 365. Check them out -
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
This is your word. It needs to resonate with your heart, no one else’s.
There is something extremely powerful in both of those statements. Something so simplistic about the challenge that I decided to join the One Word 365 community. And then my one word came to me ORPHANS.
Artwork created by Melanie at Only A Breathe (http://onlyabreath.com)
Over the last couple of months, God has been rekindling the God size dream he placed on my heart many years ago.
As part of my God-Size Dream Team homework, I had to write out my LIFE (LIFE = Love Is Faith Expressed ) statement/mission statement.
After several drafts and brainstorming with my mother here is what I wrote:
I believe God has created and called me to serve and care for orphans through visiting orphanages, sending care packages and nurturing them through the adoption process.
Now here is the tricky part about my LIFE statement – I am not doing any of those things currently.
Which means God is going to have to shake up my world a little. I am going to have to get out of my comfort zone and trusting him more. And let’s admit it …..I’m going to have to let go and let God lead me.
Let me just say, letting go of my version of control will not be an easy task for me. For example I love to dance but the minute I have to trust a man to lead me I seem to dance like I have two left feet. CONTROL ISSUES
Yet my desire to see God moving on my behalf is more important to me than being in control. Even if it means several times a day I have to pray Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
I am going to have to trust that this God size dream he placed in my heart for orphans is greater than my fears.
I am going to have to be ready to go when he tells me it is time to step into my God size dream and leave my job
I am going to have to spend time daily in his word to help me identify which orphans he would like for me to help that day.
Now when I think about how I am going to have to depend on him DAILY to help me with this God size dream then I become excited about the adventure. I want fulfill the unique purpose God has called me to0. Even if it feels like I’m about to go skydiving at times.
Thank you again Melanie for creating such a cute button for me. If you are interested in her creating one for you please go visit her website (http://onlyabreathe.com) or check out her guest post One Word 365.