How My One Word Found Me

A few years ago, I read a book entitled “One Word That Will Change Your Life” by Dan Britton.  The basic idea being -instead of making a lot of new year’s resolutions, etc., find one word that is meaningful to you and focus on it all year. My word came to me in what I believe was a spiritual experience and was the perfect word that I needed to get me through some very difficult times.

This year, it didn’t come to me as easily. After much thought, I finally settled on the word RENEW.   After two plus years of living from day to day, dealing with the stress, anxiety, and worry that came with cancer, death of a family member, along with excitement of graduations, child getting married,  child leaving home to go to the Naval Academy, and other things that I am still working through, I thought that RENEW would be a great word to help this empty nester get back on track.

After four months of health issues in 2015, I have felt quite discouraged, and obviously, nothing has been “renewed”!!!  I am thinking this word is NOT working for me!

I began to see a new word popping up everywhere… On social media, on paintings in stores, on stickers, on my daily desk calendar, in my time hop app of a photo I posted one year ago and then my pastor’s message was on this word. That Sunday, I went home and thought to myself, maybe God is trying to tell me something.

That week, a little girl came into my classroom, handed me a piece of paper and went and sat down.   This note was unlike any other note I have ever received from a child. It didn’t say the normal things like “I love you Miss Laneeus”, it didn’t have a drawing of me with a big head and long stick legs, it didn’t even have her name on it. It had only one word.  My eyes filled with tears. I walked over to her and said “thank you for this note. I love it!  I’m just curious, why did you choose that word for my note?”  She said, “I don’t know. I just like that word.”


So, this is the word that God has given me. Lately, I have expressed frustration to my sister and one of my dear friends over this very word. I have had dreams and goals that I was starting to feel were simply hopeless. That is a sad feeling.  BUT, my word found me or should I say — was sent to me!!!

Thank you God, for affirming to me that you are still in control.

Thank you God, for reminding me that you still have a plan for my life.

Thank you God that there is hope.

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