Welcome to the new year and a fresh start! In the past few years I have chosen a word for the year, and it has been interesting to see how that specific word impacts me throughout the 12 months. Last year my word was "perspective", and I think (hope) that my perspective has shifted from being rather narrow and fear centered, to becoming more focused on God and His bigger view of things. I went through the book "Jesus Calling" each day, looking up the scripture passages at the end of each day's reading. I was surprised at how many of the entries revolved around "do not fear" passages. But given how prone I am to fear, it turned out to be a very good thing.
This year my word came in a surprising way -- a dream in early December. I hadn't even begun to think about a word for the upcoming year when I dreamed that someone gave me an envelope with this word printed on the front. Before I had a chance to discover what was inside the envelope, I woke up. I was very disappointed that I couldn't delve further into the word in my dream, but then I felt a gentle nudge reminding me that I could spend a whole year exploring this word.
My word for 2015 is "treasure". There are so many directions this word can take me, and I think it will prove to be a wonderful theme for this year. I have begun two practices to help me mine the treasure God sends me each day. The first is keeping a gratitude journal. I have done it in the past, and I know it is a great discipline. The second is on my Instagram account. I want to post a photo each day that expresses a treasure I have realized. I am hoping to post these photos to my blog once a week and tell a little bit about them. Here are the first ones:
In case you want to follow me on Instagram, my name is Sunnytoo, and I am using the hashtag #dailytreasure on each of my daily photographs.