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On naming the new year

January 9th, 2011 at 8:51 pm. Posted in Journal.

Reading Ann’s post on her yearly ritual challenged and inspired me. I never had thought of doing that before but it makes sense. Naming a year seems to make it more purposeful, more important, more intimate.

So I set out to discover my own word for 2011. Like a child in a wondrous candy store, nose pressed, heated breath fogging the glass, I searched for the perfect word to summarize the focus of 2011. Would I choose something sweet and lemony like Refreshing? Maybe sugary satisfying Joy instead. Or would I select the licorice root Righteousness? Oh what a wonderful dilemma!

So while I prayerfully considered my choices I reviewed some of the scriptures that have spoken to my heart lately. Then it jumped out at me.


And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday. Is 58:10

I am poured out to be refilled.

It’s not simply “giving ’til it hurts” or until I am depleted. God doesn’t work that way. He gently and completely pours into us so that we can pour ourselves out again.

It’s such a beautiful thing when it comes full circle. Pouring to be refilled to pour out again. I am going to seek out ways to pour out to my family, my friends, the world, so that their needs might be met. And then getting refilled becomes the sweetest treat of all.

18 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Barbara Johnson
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    What a beautiful thought, Anna! And so well put.
    Love you,

  2. Anna-Marie
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    Thanks for the kind words, Mom! Love you too.
    .-= Anna-Marie´s last blog ..On naming the new year =-.

  3. Mandi
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    I love this! I am reminded of Brother Lawrence’s words in Practicing God’s Presence: “You can’t out-give God.” ( :
    .-= Mandi´s last blog ..Homemade Additive and Preservative-Free Meats Part 1- Sausage =-.

  4. Anna-Marie
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Yes! And I just read Ann Voskamp’s book. It’s resonating so much of this with me, the idea of being emptied out and being filled (with thanksgiving).

    And I am working to keep it in the front of my thoughts. I really want God to use this word to transform me this year. I plan to post on this topic many times throughout the year.
    .-= Anna-Marie´s last blog ..On watching “reality” TV =-.

  5. momofm&ms
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Outstanding!!! Ann is always such a gift to me.. I love your word of the year!

  6. Anna-Marie
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Thanks for stopping by! Ann is quite wonderful.

  7. liz
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    beautiful word choice. Mine is joy. I work in a candy store.
    .-= liz´s last blog ..Sunny Sunday =-.

  8. Anna-Marie
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Joy was one my my word finalists. :)

    A candy store? Divine! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Ginger
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    Beautifully illustrated!

  10. Becky@Daily On My Way To Heaven
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    Love this year’s name!

    Have a blessed week!
    .-= Becky@Daily On My Way To Heaven´s last blog ..Prokop Progress – P2R Week 3- =-.

  11. Carrie
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    what a great idea! I love your word.
    .-= Carrie´s last blog .. =-.

  12. Anna-Marie
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    Thanks Becki! You have a blessed week too.

  13. Anna-Marie
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Carrie. Have a fantastic week.

  14. Rose Catriona
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Wow! what a wonderful name and idea, I had never thought of naming our year, I’m going to have to give that some thought and do it for our family as well.
    Have a wonderful blessed day!!!
    Rose Catriona

  15. Katie L.
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    I’ve been thinking about choosing a word for this year, too. “Pour” is such an awesome one! I hope the rest of 2011 is one continuous stream for you! :)
    .-= Katie L.´s last blog ..Scripture &amp A Snapshot Week 18 =-.

  16. Anna-Marie
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    Thanks for your kind words, Katie. And thanks for stopping by.
    .-= Anna-Marie´s last blog ..Sheltering and books =-.

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