Tuesday, January 1, 2013

One Word

 
So...I haven't been blogging, but I guess you already knew that since you haven't seen Seams Inspired in your Feed, Reader, or Email Inbox. I think I'm all blogged out...at least, for now. I simply have no words or desire to blog these days. I've felt this pressing need to get more and more away from my computer. And then I start to feel guilty about letting down readers and friends. And then I heap more guilt upon myself for not taking time to respond to your lovely comments.
 
For weeks (well, more like several days in reality) I've been thinking about my One Word for 2013. My word for 2012 was CELEBRATE, and I truly tried to make each day count...celebrate the small milestones and the big events alike. For the most part, I think I did. But for 2013...well, I just haven't been able to land on a word to define how I want to spend my year. Until the wee hours of last night, I had not one inkling.
 
I awoke in the middle of the night, thoughts all jumbled from too-little sleep, and began fretting about my OneWord. Why couldn't I think of a word? Why wasn't this easy? Why did I even care? See all the 'I's in these questions? :) After thinking and fretting, I began praying.
 
"Lord, just give me a word. One that I can focus on this year. I don't care what it is at this point. If You'll just give me that OneWord, I'll follow it...no matter how crazy it sounds to me or others. Just give me a word I know is from You and how You want me to live this year."
 
Holy Frijoles, friends! I think I prayed too well and too hard. Because when my OneWord came to the forefront of my mind like a neon sign...I kinda tried to dismiss it. I thought, 'There is NO WAY this can be my word!' And then I felt His gentle nudge and whisper, 'Yes. This is your OneWord.'
 
ABANDON
 
 
In this word, I plan to ABANDON the blog, ABANDON social media, and ABANDON the 'need' to stay connected to my computer for hours. It consumed me this year, more than I've cared to admit. I need to rein it in with how I'm spending my time.
 
In my OneWord for 2013, I plan to follow His will and pursue Him with wild ABANDON.
 
I'm excited. I'm scared. I'm kinda nauseous about it. And I hope you'll understand that I won't be posting often or maybe not even at all. Don't judge me too harshly, for I may fall down in failure quite a bit this year. And don't think I've had a sip of the Kool-Aid and becoming some pious, self-righteous religious wingnut. I'm not. Pinky Promise. :)
 
I'm simply going to follow my heart and His whisper...and see where it takes me this year.
 
 
What is your OneWord for 2013?
 
Happy New Year, dear friends!

31 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I don't believe in or subscribe to this one word idea, so I am sorry to read you won't be around much. However, I truly respect your decision to back away, that is your choice. I am not so sure that choice can be laid upon God but I will miss your great posts and insightful comments. Have a great 2013! I eve learned some sewing "ideas", your blog will be missed. Lord bless you!! :)

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    1. Thanks for your support and understanding, Gregg. OneWord is definitely not for everyone, but I feel I am strongly led by Our Creator to pursue Him this year...whether or not I subscribe to the OneWord community. Happy 2013!

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  2. I love this!! And you!! I will be praying that as you pursue the One with wild abandon, that He pours out lavishly on you with His best gifts!

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    1. Love you friend! Thanks for your support. I knew you'd understand what I was writing. :)

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  3. Somehow while making changes, I've managed to wipeout my Intense Debate. Since I'm in 'Abandon' mode...maybe this is a good thing. We'll try the Blogger thing for now. Let me know if you have issues with it.

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  4. I've missed you my friend, but totally understand the need to step away and refocus. It all stats with an abandoned heart. Oh what the Lord can do in and through one such as you! Happy New Year!

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    1. I've been lurking & reading your blog, Barbie. :) Thanks for your encouragement and support. It is truly appreciated. Love ya, friend! Happy 2013!

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  5. Im going to miss seeing your newsy posts more regularly but I cant totally appreciate your need to disconnect a little from social media and the computer. Dont be a complete stranger!

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    1. Thanks, Shay! I'll still be around, just not as much. :) How could I ever stay away and miss all that's going on Down Under? I'll need to find sewing inspiration somewhere. Your blog is definitely it!

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  6. I've missed, and will miss keeping up with you. But I certainly understand your desire. I have been feeling some of hte same lately regarding cutting down/cutting out the amount of time spend with the computer. It is amazing the amount and quality of things that you can accomplish without the computer time sucker in your life.
    Best wishes for God's blessings to you in 2013!
    Tracey

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Tracey! Yeah, the computer has become an issue for me. Looking forward to what He has in store for me without the technology. :)

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  7. I completly understand. I've gone through a similar backing off from so much time on the computer. My kids have told me they like having my attention. Praying for you dear friend.

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    1. Thanks for the support and prayers, Karen. My Momma friends definitely understand my plight. :) Love you!

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  9. Oh girl - I miss you and your words, but I totally understand!

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    1. I knew you would, Aurie! Thanks! PS - I'll be around...just not as much. :)

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  10. What a bold and brave word to follow. You will be missed (maybe you can give an update down the road) but it's amazing to see how this fits so well with your life right now.

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Amy! I'll be around, just not as much. :) He definitely amazes me. I'm still a bit in disbelief by this word. ;)

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  11. I will miss you but I understand why you are doing it. My word this year is intentional.

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    1. Love your word, Thea! Kinda wish it was mine. LOL

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  12. Oh My, Larri. What a step you are taking. I know this, He will bless you greatly for your obedience to His whispers. I cannot wait to see what this year is like for you, how exciting!!

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    1. Thank you, Kris! You are such an encouragement, and I've so enjoyed watching your journey this year. Thanks for being such a dear friend.

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  13. I love you-your heart for God and your family

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  14. Larri, I just love that you are following the Lord's lead and embracing this. When we are out of our comfort zones oh boy can He move, because we can't! LOL! I'm there too! Dance on sister!

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    1. Thanks for your love and support, Patti! Couldn't do this without the prayer from friends. Looking forward to your One Word and how He challenges us both this year!

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  15. This huge, Larri! Abandon is a strong word, used in many different ways and contexts! You are a strong woman, Larri, and God will continue to use you mightily! :)

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  16. I'll miss your posts, but you should do what your heart tells you is right for you. Have a joyous 2013.

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  17. Have a wonderful 2013! Don't do anything in Reckless Abandon!!!

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  18. Larri, Thank you for the years to dedicated posts to the nearing 2000 readers. They say that if you are wondering if you are meant to be leader, just look behind you and see how many are following you. The Followers of your ministry thank you for all the wonderful subjects that you brought before us to consider and ponder, plus some great crafty things. You will be missed. Stop by once and a while to say "Hi". It's like a family member leaving home to us. Blessings.

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  19. Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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