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Monday, December 23, 2013

God's Favor

~ my fat flock ~
Since 2009, Alece Ronzino has been the author of

Forget New Year's Resolutions, 
Just Choose One Word.

She writes, "...The whole point of One Word 365 is living with intentionality..." and
from her blog, "Well, it's time to start thinking of your One Word for 2014...What do you want to focus on this coming year? Who do you want to be?

"Your word can be anything you want. All that matters is that it has personal meaning for you. It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, an action, a character trait. Your word will stand as a reminder, a nudge. something you can reflect on, that will challenge you, inspire you. A touchstone you can return to time and time again to help you stay the course this year...

The second page of her website says, "Find your tribe" where you can type in your word and find others who have also chosen that same word.

Unless you're me. If you're me, the word you've chosen isn't a popular word, it's old fashioned, out of date and akin to naming your child Oscar or Henrietta. My word is in God's favor. As in, I want to, deliberately and with great intention, focus on seeking, and finding, God's favor in my life in 2014. His blessings surround me daily; indeed, the very breath in my body is a gift from the Almighty, is His enthusiasm over and in me, meaning His inspiration showered upon me.  The very thought makes me gasp.
God's Favor

Some of you may remember my Daddy's saying, "If you're living the way you're supposed to be living, there's no need for New Year's Resolutions." I can't say I ever remember making any such resolutions but have been choosing a word since Dave got sick in 2010. In 2010 I didn't choose a word and can remember being totally clueless about what lay ahead. Neither Dave nor I had any idea of the path we were going to have to walk in that coming year. The word for 2011 was breath because I had trouble remembering to breath and was, constantly and continually, gulping huge, deep lungs of air. In 2013, the words were intentional grace. (apparently, I have a problem with only one word -wry smile-.) Frankly, I don't remember much of anything since he got sick in August 2010 and died in November 2011; keeping this blog has been a good thing for me, it's allowed me to have a sounding board and then, go back and read my posts. I am truly amazed at some of what I wrote; emotional shock is a hard thing to live through, especially when it seems to never fade or go away. Even today, there are days when I feel, somewhat, in control but, mostly, I'm still walking around in a deep fog, still crying bitter tears, still grieving like the past two years haven't happened; thank God for the animals and the farm.

Anyway, think about what Alece has written; think about choosing a word to be your focal point for 2014 and then, let both Alece and me know what word you've chosen.

Blessings ~ Alece Ronzino ~ One Word 365 ~ Daddy ~ God's Favor ~


  1. I LOVE your flock! So sweet! I decided to post tomorrow my fat flock, too :)

  2. This is a very interesting thing to contemplate, Sandra. I'll give it some thought.

  3. I love the photo, they look so peaceful!
    Here is a scripture I received in a Christmas card today:

    May the Lord continually bless you with heaven's blessings as well as human joys. Psalm 128:5 TLB

    A bit different than my KJV, but very beautiful. I hope you have a very Merry Blessed Christmas!

  4. I like the one word . . . and chose one this past year. And ready for my one word 2014.

  5. "Favor" is a very good word, I think. I have never chosen a word of the year, but have seen others do it.

  6. I think I still won't do this -
    But your word FAVOR is a good one, and because I know you a little, Sandra, I will probably remember God's favor along with you this year. Thank you, dear friend!

  7. Great post!

    Yesterday I was thinking about my word for this coming 2014, and the word 'conqueror' came into my head and heart.

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    I went to see if I had a tribe, no such tribe. :-)

    I love your flock. They look very content.

    Love and hugs to you dear Sandra ` FlowerLady

  8. Wishing you a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

    ~Have a lovely day!

  9. I love this post Sandra and I also LOVE this concept. I stopped making resolutions years ago but THIS? I will do and I already know what my word is. It's FAITH... I have a lot of life changing things, very fearful to me things I will need to begin facing in the next week and continuing on for a long time and as much as I love our Lord, I am human and my "trust" which I equate to my faith in Him wanes at times although not as much as it used too. Well all these things I am facing will require much Faith to get through them.

    I am sorry about your sadness. I too have deep deep sadness that some days I wonder how I am still standing but I give all the credit for that to the Lord because without Him, I surely would have drowned long ago..

    Thank you again for this wonderful post and while I know your heart is hurting this Christmas as is mine I do wish for you every good blessing this Christmas and always,


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