January 6, 2013

#OneWord365 - Living with my One Word So Far

It has been about a week...

Longer really - but a week since I bent low and decided to allow the One Word that picked me to be mine.

I posted about my struggle here last week, but in the end, I chose to let it choose me after all!

"Surprise!" at first glance seems exciting and fun... full of adventure and joy and laughter... rainbows and unicorns... Sigh... you get the idea!  Once I got to 'laughter' and 'rainbows' another angle of "Surprise" started to dawn on me... it could mean risk and unknown... scary and unwanted... it could - but I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't HAVE to!

You see, in just this short week of living with "Surprise" I have found myself a little more expectant, looking for surprises all around me.  I have noticed that already I am feeling a bit more spontaneous and having spur-of-the-moment ideas... with the boldness to follow through! Plus, I am learning right alongside Ann (with no 'e') that even in dark times, we count on... and we see God actively, intimately involved in our lives.  (Today's Joy Dare:to name one thing in your bag, your fridge, your heart: #585. In my Bag: Shea Cashmere Hand Lotion. #586. In my Fridge: Leftover Christmas Candy (peppermint patties). #587. In my Heart: Whomever the Lord brings to the new Tuesday study going through the 5 session DVDs based on 'one thousand gifts')

I am determined, no matter the Surprises... I count on!  Sure, some of the Surprises that come my way may cause me to catch my breath or want to run in the opposite direction, but the truth is that the Lord has changed my natural bent and I am now most often a Glass-Half-Full kind of girl anyway! So, with all my talking about embracing Change and feeling a stirring of desire for adventure - I have decided to lean IN, and hold ON... we are in for quite a ride!

How about you?  Do you have One Word for 2013? If so, I'd love to know what it is - and how you are seeing it show up in your life already this year!


P.S. I am linking up with Ann today for Multitudes on Mondays... counting our gifts, one by one!


  1. Love, love, love!
    that's not a big surprise, though :)

    I'm with you, friend. Expecting to be surprised by Him today! for He never ceases to amaze me!


  2. Oh, I love this, Karrilee! Now here is a beautiful posture of open-hearted surrender. . . It shows trust and faith and, yes, expectation for Him to show up and give in the beautifully surprising way that He does. Bless you, friend on this amazing adventure!


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