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what’s your word?

Jenn over at “Mommy Needs Coffee” posted a unique challenge. Instead of a list of resolutions (or as I like to call it, a premature list of failures), just summarize all your resolutions in one word. one. (like bloggers can ever type just one word. Pass me that bag of Lays potato chips.) It’s like a theme for the year. I came up with my word pretty quick.


from everything to damaged relationships to home projects to the purging of excess stuff from my house to the learning of new software for work to . . . just closure. I wondered how that word came to me so quickly and then I remembered. A book. (anyone who knows me is thinking, “what else?”) I started it sometime mid 2006 and it’s been sitting in my “reading spot” (low in the stack) ever since. I got busy reading to learn (again). It’s a book called “Guilt Free Living” by Robert Jeffress. He talks about closure extensively and says:

“closure is the feeling that you have done everything that needs to be done at that time. Therefore you are free to relax and enjoy yourself without any guilt.”

This is a Christian based book and I wrote more about it on my devotions blog, but non-Christians, don’t freak out. If I can read a non-Christian book and filter it through my Christian perspective, non-Christians can read a Christian book and filter it through their own perspective. There’s a LOT of good stuff in here. Like Marcia K. Hornok’s paraphrase of Psalm 23:

The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest

It makes me lie down only when exhausted

It leads me to deep depression, it hounds my soul

It leads me in circles of frenzy for activities sake.

Even though I run frantically from task to task,

I will never get it all done, for my “ideal” is with me

Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.

They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule.

They anoint my head with migraines, my in-basket overflows.

Surely fatigue and time pressure shall follow me all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever.


what’s your word?

January 5, 2008 - Posted by | books, intentional living


  1. Interesting question. I think mine has to be ‘holiness.’ Not in a Sunday school answer sort of way, but really it is less a resolution than a fervent prayer. I elaborated more on my blog today. Thanks for inviting me to participate!


    Comment by Rebekah | January 7, 2008 | Reply

  2. I’ll think on this. One word? A challenge to be sure!


    Comment by lisa writes... | January 7, 2008 | Reply

  3. I’ve posted on my word! Check it out!


    Comment by lisa writes... | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  4. Because of my perspective…I thought the word “Guilt” was GLUTEN…and I got really excited because I was just thinking how much I love your blog and then it seemed as if you were talking about Gluten and that would just be too wonderful that this blog would have EVERYTHING that I care about….
    And then my sleepy eyes focused on GUILT…

    My word last year was GLUTEN(FREE). It changed my life. Slowly my health is returning. So HEALTH is my word for 2008.

    You have one of the most articulate and interesting blogs around. And I’ve been around.

    alexsandra – Health. GOOD word. And THANKS for the compliment! (by JSM)


    Comment by alexsandra | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. hmmmm…. In one word… “Freedom” :)


    Comment by Amy@ Joy of my herat | November 15, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thanks for this again… I wrote a blog about it girl! Yay!

    Loved this idea!

    Hugs.. Amy


    Comment by Amy@ Joy of my Heart | November 15, 2008 | Reply

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