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One Word: Savor [A More Uplifting Perspective]

For me, 2013 was a year to persevere. To fight through the messy middle and come out relatively unscathed in the process. 

January 2013, I committed to sticking with the call I felt God placed on my life to reach out in encouragement, and I have (my obedience brought me to begin this blog in 2011)

In 12 days I’ll have met the goal. Along the way, there were some wondrous peaks, some deep valleys, and a mix of challenging and rewarding paths.

But something is missing. I’m feeling a little empty in my victory. I think it’s because while I had set my eyes on persevering, I failed to focus on enjoying the journey.

Sometimes one just has to grit through some unpleasantness. But I don’t think God wants us to trudge through each day with a heavy heart until we finally find joy in heaven. In fact I know He doesn’t: “…God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17)

It’s All About Perspective

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Each day is a gift. One we are to delight in.

So … This year my one word must build on last years but be a bit more uplifting. One that challenges me to grow and persevere in my faith and ministry but also to seek joy in the journey.

I’m considering the word “savor” because it means “delight in” or enjoy. I find it a rich, vibrant word. And it’s applicable to the whole of my life.

I want to enjoy this adventure God has orchestrated in my life. I want to celebrate my victories and grow from my failures. I want to embrace the time I have with my family and set aside time for friendships. I want to delight in each sunrise and glory in gorgeous sunsets. 

Most of all, I want to savor my Savior.

Savor: What better way is there to journey through this life we’ve been blessed with?

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

Reflection: What are you looking to savor in 2014? Will you choose One Word for the year? If so, do you have one in mind?

Since Lisa-Jo is taking a break from Five-Minute Fridays for December, this is my own rendition of FMF with the word “savor.” So sorry, no linkup. 🙂

By His grace ≈


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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

6 comments on “One Word: Savor [A More Uplifting Perspective]
  1. Beth says:

    Hello Julie! I love your word! I’m smiling as God seems to have the word “Joy” in mind for me for 2014. I’m doing more praying first. But I think with the difficult year ahead for me He is wanting me to focus on still finding the joy He has for me in each and every day. He has me finding blessings in a deployment! Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

    • Julie Sunne says:

      Oh yes, joy! Praying you can have the eyes of Jesus to see difficulties as opportunities and sorrows as blessings in disguise as you enter into your deployment. Beth, may He be your strength and joy through 2014 and always. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  2. I want to be more disciplined and I believe that is the one word God may be giving me for the year: discipline. Love the word “savor.”

  3. Susan Ouverson says:

    I LOVE this and am printing if off for friends! Thank you!!

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