One Little Word

Have you heard of the whole “one little word” trend?

Actually, let me backtrack a little. Have you heard of the concept of a life verse? It’s a Scripture verse that has great personal meaning to you. Maybe it defines your life. Maybe it reflects it. Maybe it’s something that you cling to in times to adversity or maybe it’s something you strive to live up to. In my case, it’s a verse that has dogged me ever since I was a small child.

I don’t know when I first heard my verse, but I know that it’s shown up in the oddest places. It’s the inspiration behind Seasons of Joy. It sneaks up on me when I’m least expecting it. It’s both a theme and a goal, and it gives me hope when I am feeling overwhelmed or like I am missing the goal. It’s a verse that brings me back to center and allows me to get to the heart of what really matters.

My verse in Psalm 30:5:

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

I love this verse. I’ve had a fair bit of sorry and heartache in my life, as everyone has, but this verse reminds me what’s behind all those sad times. And, even better, it leads me to God, because it would be foolish for me to pursue any joy outside of Him.

Back to one little word.

I’ve had a word each year for the last two years. In 2009 when we had lost two babies and were so sad, my word was

Hope.

And last year, as I held my newborn twins and wondered if I would live or die, my word was

Peace.

And this year?

Joy.

This year, I hope to choose joy, seek joy, find joy in unexpected places. When I wake each morning, I pray I can put away any transient sorrows and worries and anxieties that cause me to weep and instead embrace joy. I pray that I remember that God’s mercies, like joy, are new every morning. And I fully expect as I seek joy that joy will find me and gladden my days in this year of our Lord, 2012.

How about you? What’s your word?