Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What’s in a word?!


One word.


It’s cold here.




{{I could play all day with my Thesaurus}}

Our new house has radiant floor heating and it isn’t feeling very radiant.

And yet…..

We just had to mortgage our second cousin’s, uncle’s new house to pay the propane bill.

Speaking of words……..

I see all over the internet that people do this thing where they choose a “word of the year” kind of thing.

Quite honestly, I sort of mocked it at first. Mostly because I was sure that, like New Years resolutions, I wouldn’t be able to sustain it past January 2nd.

But the thought has taken hold and bumped around in that empty space between my ears until it dawned on me that the very reason I didn’t want to do it……… provided me with the perfect word!


Behind the masks. Beneath the pain. In that place where I still keep a little happiness and faith safely tucked away----I long for strength.


The strength to walk a mile……………..


The strength to smile more and to be less cynical….


The strength to say “yes” to my family more often…….


The strength to gather my family for scripture study and prayer, DAILY……..


Most of all, the mental and emotional strength to realize the difference between “my strength” and the “power of the Lord”………………..


One year.

One word.

An interesting experiment………………………….


Pedaling said...

I kinda mocked the whole one word experiment thing, too. Then last year I went ahead and picked a word and tried it. I was amazed how that one word (organize) stayed in my mind throughout the year. I like your word. gathering the family together for prayer and scripture study...daily---i totally get that daily part. why is it so hard to be DAILY diligent in this?

Cherie said...

I am the same as pedaling. I kind of thought "Whatever" when the word thing started to become popular but I picked a word last year and put it up on my wall and I loved it.
This year I have picked the word STRETCH and I am looking forward to stretching all sorts of ways.
Strength is an awesome word! A word is also much much better than a resolution (in my book anyway!) Good luck

Jess said...

That's way better than a mew years resolution. I have no inkling of what word would ever enter my mind to be my 'do something for the year' word. But I love the pictures- are they of the surroundings of your new abode, and why are you not a photographer if they're yours?

Sue said...

What an amazing post. The photos AND the words are just lovely.

You have inspired me!


LKP said...

high-5 on your 2011 word! >X<
you rock. strength is soooo good.
i would love to have borrowed it, or at least held your hand as we walked down the path of strength this year together, but for some reason i couldn't shake perseverance from my mind. it's been like that for weeks! so, know that my heart's with ya. (beautiful images btw, you've got an eye girly!) as for the 62nd mortgage of a distant relatives for your heating costs, i just got my power bill today, and mr LKP had to get out the defibrillator--Oy!
lub ya. ::hugs::

blueviolet said...

I haven't heard that one yet and I love it!!!

Garden of Egan said...

I love your word.
I think everyone in the world (OK at least blogland) has a word!
Good word.
I need to get me a word.

Uh, I just need you to know....I LOVE YOUR PICTURES! Every. Single. One!
They are stunning.
I can see them hanging on a wall, maybe a couple in sepia.
You are good!

DesertHen said...

You picked a mighty fine word! I like it! I have two that keep popping into my head and I need to make a choice...or do I. Maybe they will work together...we shall see!

Beautiful photos!!!!

Cheeseboy said...

Beautiful. Love the mix of photos and scripture for inspiration.

tammy said...

Love this.

Last year I picked a word. This year I'm mocking a little. But I think my word picked me.

Mikki said...

I love it Lisa Loo! A perfect word. Beautiful pics.
May all your weaknesses become your strenghths!!

Sorenson Family said...


Da Bergs said...

LOVE this idea... ONE word can make a LOT of difference!!!

PS I LOVE your pics!!!

karen said...

What a great post. It really does take strength to do all of that consistently. It takes strength to do good and be good and keep the cynicism at bay. I'm taking inspiration from you and we'll both/all try together to be our better selves this year. We'll encourage each other along the way, which, I believe, is the reason we were all placed here together. Suddenly it all makes sense, doesn't it? Here's to a great year, my friend.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh, gorgeous-- inspirational words and really awesome photos. I see STRENGTH being your word. You don't give yourself enough credit my friend, I think you are incredibly strong.
Wishing you a really terrific 2011, Happy New Year!

DeNae said...

Those photos are breathtaking. And I'm giving serious thought to this 'word of the year' thing. Thanks for making me re-think it!

Haeli Mae and Jae Jae said...

This link is to one of my favorite blogs...they are doing a give-away on the same subject you just posted about. You should apply to win!

Love you Lisa Loo!

Nana said...

I love your word for the year. It is very uplifting!!! I love the pictures you put with it. Hope you can find a way to pay the propane bill next month. LOL

Melissa said...

I love your one word, but how about "INSANITY" for wanting to walk a mile in the snow?!!! :)