ONE song can spark a moment
ONE flower can wake the dream
ONE tree can start a forest
ONE bird can herald spring
ONE smile begins a friendship
ONE handclasp lifts a soul
ONE star can guide a ship at sea
ONE word can frame the goal
ONE vote can change a nation
ONE sunbeam lights a room
ONE candle wipes out darkness
ONE laugh will conquer gloom
ONE step must start each journey
ONE word must start a prayer
ONE hope will raise our spirits
ONE touch can show you care
ONE voice can speak with wisdom
ONE heart can know what is true
ONE life can make a difference
Many people believe that power lies within numbers… but I think the greatest power lies within one.
To start even the longest of journeys, you must begin with one step.
When there is one leader, many will follow.
To start a revolution, it begins with one: one idea, one person, one belief.
“ONE” of something can change a life.
So right now, right here… let’s choose ONE!
I wrote about this concept earlier this year (click HERE to read my post). In a nutshell, a friend of a friend of mine started encouraging people to choose ONE word for each year that would be personal and meaningful, a word which you could reflect and focus on for the upcoming year. When you choose the right word, it should challenge you, motivate you and maybe even scare you. (Click HERE to read more about the original One Word 365.)
So let’s pause to allow you some time to think of your word….
*Insert Jeopardy theme song here*
Got one? Good! (If not, just keep thinking.)
Well, since my life, heart and mind have become completely transparent for the world to read upon the pages of this blog, I will share mine with you!
Yeah, it seems easy… almost like a cop-out. But I can assure you, it is not.
You see, for the past two years, I have chosen the word “Miracle”. I was at a place in my life where I was desperate to see some miracles. I prayed, I believed, and yes, I did see a few of them. I especially learned to see the everyday miracles God had blessed me with that I had taken for granted.
But I think there is more!
I believe that God (yes, that BIG GOD who lives up in the sky) is alive and well, and that He is the same God from yesterday as He is today! I believe that He still performs miracles today, just as He did thousands of years ago.
But over the last six months, God has really been stretching my faith. One of the things I wanted to accomplish while I was forty (click here to read that post) was to be known as a woman of FAITH. But how can you be known as a woman of faith unless He gives you situations in which your faith is stretched and put to the test?
“…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
If faith truly moves mountains, then I believe the mountains in my current and future paths are there for a reason. Some of them may require great faith before they can be moved! (Now do you understand why this word kinda scares me??)
BEFORE the miracle… you have to have the FAITH! Not this little halfhearted, wimpy, quickly-pray-as-you-need-something faith… but earth-shaking, mountain-moving faith that takes God literally at His word. You have to have a faith that truly believes GOD IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS and that HE WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO!!
I need to know this, to breathe this… to live this! I need more faith!
So I raise my glass and toast to 2014! I pray God will increase our faith, belief, hope and trust in Him! I pray hearts will be drawn close to him, relationships will be strengthened, those in mourning will be comforted and that so much joy will be overflowing that ALL will see how wonderful and glorious our God is! I pray that we will never take a single day for granted, and that we will continually show love to others! May we live each day with eternity in mind, and live to the fullest while here on earth!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2014 be immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine!
If you have chosen Your word for 2014, please leave me a comment below! Oh, and check back soon… I AM GETTING A FACELIFT!!! (… in a manner of speaking!)
In closing, I would like to dedicate this blog post to a very dear man and family friend, Jeff Stumph, and to his family. On December 31, 2013, Jeff lost his nine-month battle with cancer, and received his complete healing as he entered the gates of heaven! He was truly an amazing model of faith and what a Christian should be: the hands and feet of Christ! He became the “father” to the fatherless and poured out his life to help lead others to Jesus! Jeff was actually one of the potential miracles I had hoped my faith would see healed in 2014…. God’s plan may not always be our plan, but we trust Him through it all, even when we do not understand! I now pray that there will be much comfort for his wife, two children, grandchildren, extended family and friends! I pray their faith continues to grow, along with the faith of all the other countless individuals whose lives Jeff has impacted. Though he will be greatly missed here on earth, we look forward to a day of rejoicing when we are all reunited in Heaven! Thank you Jeff for showing Jesus to so many!
May you find the beauty in today,
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
~ Leave me a comment, I would love to read YOUR thoughts~♥
Recent entries from my gratitude journal (to read more about this, click here):
401. A fun dinner with my friend Jenny!!