I did this last year for the first time; I gave the year a name. I walked through 365 days thinking of the name of the year, its theme, “Yes, I am Listening”, and how much I learned from it! How many times I came into my prayer closet asking my God to help me. In order to listen I had to learn, to practice being quiet; in order to say yes to others, I had to say no to my own desires more than often.
This year again, after praying and thinking, and talking with my husband; I have decided to do it again. This practice has worked for me much better than writing “New Year’s Resolutions”. So here it is, my new year ‘s name (or theme):
The last chapter on the book The Holiness of God by RC Sproul was decisive for me into choosing this theme (actually the whole book was!) I need to live purposely, knowing that because of Jesus, I live in Holy Space and Holy Time, every day, every moment; I am living naked before a Holy God.
C.S Lewis said,
I want to live fully aware of this truth. Whatever I do, I want to do it for Him, because of Him, to bring glory to Him. I want to meet Him in my daily journey through continuous prayer; I long to live praying without ceasing (I Thessalonian 5:17)
This is a year in which we are expecting many big changes in our family, changes that will certainly make us grow. The only way I will be able to walk through them glorifying God and not being anxious is knowing that I am living in the Sacred. He has written our life’s story. He is the Author. He holds me and my family in His hand. Our times are indeed in His hand. I don’t want to miss this awareness.
Living in the Sacred, means living before God in prayer.
“Think what it would mean to have every word that passes our lips winged and blessed with prayer—always to breathe a little prayer before we speak, as we speak. This would put heavenly sweetness into all our speech! It would make all our words kindly, loving, inspiring words—words that would edify and minister grace to those who hear.”
“Think of a woman amid her household cares—taking everything to God for His blessing, for His approval, for His direction. These are not by any means impossible suppositions. Indeed, this is the way a Christian is to live, should always live—doing all in the name of the Lord Jesus!”
This is what I long for this year; to Live in the Sacred; to live breathing out prayers.
May God help me.
Living in the Sacred… What it means? A Reflection on Psalm 63, A desire to be in the Holy Place.
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>Such tenderness and intention in your naming of this year, Becky. Wonderful to be at this christening & may we continue to encourage each other in the journey. Happy New Year!
>Great quote from Miller. Thanks for sharing it and your theme for the year. It will be interesting to see how you live it out and communicate it on here this year.
>Wow. What a beautiful blog! I love your idea of naming the year. I designated last year as a year of Holiness – where I wanted to read, think, mediate on holiness as an overall theme. I designated 2011 as the The Year of Prayer. So, I want to read, study, think, mediate on prayer. I wish I had thought of a clever name for it.
>This is great Becky. I'm with you all the way! I love the JR Miller quote. Blessings sister!
>I like your idea. I had "themes" for my years, such as 2009 was regaining joy and 2010 was finding hope again. I'll have to consider my next theme…
>I've never heard of naming years, but what a neat idea! I like the name you picked.I really enjoyed that chapter of Sproul's book too. The whole book was wonderful though. It's one I'm sure I'll read again and again. Blessings to you sweet sister!
>Great idea! Thank you for this post.