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One Word 2014: What’s Yours?

December 31, 2013


I remember vividly when Jennifer first told me that she was in love with Dave. We were walking on a local trail. It was sunny out, but when she turned and looked at me, her face was illuminated from deep inside. She was radiant, lit up like a Christmas tree. It rose up within her and spilled over, that love.

Have you ever been around someone in the early throes of a life-long love? They can’t hide it, can they? It is consuming and wild, bubbling over in their words and actions. It leaks from their eyes, and their esteem bathes every word that falls from their lips.

While on vacation this week, I’m watching Beth Moore’s “Law of Love” on the book of Deuteronomy and I’m so struck, right this minute, that I had to turn off the video and just write. This book is about love, God’s love, and our love for Him. It might be called one of the books of the law, the Pentateuch, but it’s not about law, it’s about love, first and foremost, beginning and end.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

This blog is about shining, letting God shine, letting the world see what’s on the inside, but I think, perhaps I’ve been focusing too much on the living, not just on the loving.

What does it mean to love the Lord your God, the one and only God?

I’m not sure I know. I’m so busy living. I’m so busy trying to behave as if I loved God, I think I’ve forgotten to take the time to really love Him.

To love Him so much it spills over, falls from my eyes and from my lips.

I’m a Choleric personality. I like lists, and rules. Judaism appeals to me in that…I like to know what is expected of me. I also like maps. I like to see where I’m going, to plan my route. And weather. Weather is very important to me. What is going to happen and when.

But love, and grace, aren’t about rules. They’re about soul. Soul isn’t something that can be measured, contained, or listed.

And yet, that’s what He wants. He wants my soul. Not my good deeds and my checklists, my soul.

Heart and soul. Whole-hearted.

It’s something I need to work on in the coming year. So there, I’ve said it aloud, and written it down. My word for 2014? Wholly.


adverb \ˈhō(l)-lē\

: completely or fully

1  to the full or entire extent :  completely 

2  to the exclusion of other things :  solely

That’s my word for 2014. What’s yours?


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One Word 2014 WHOLLY

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sylvia permalink
    December 31, 2013 4:59 pm

    We’re you reading my challenging thoughts?

  2. Sandy Jett permalink
    January 2, 2014 10:48 am

    Love it! I didn’t realize… I am Choleric! Love maps, weather, rules, directions and calendars! Love the word Wholly! Completely full to overflowing. I will take that word for 2014. May I be wholly full with the light of Jesus. The other word I like is Enough. God has given me enough. I have enough. I am blessed.
    Mops Mentor Mom

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