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Published 1-9-12   The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Debbie Macomber, Soren Kierkegaard, Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, Buddha, Swami Vivekananda


Dear Readers,

Forget the New Year's resolution. Try praying
instead to be given a word, one word you can
live with, meditate on and grow in this year.

Watch what happens.

- Lisa

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Magnolias by Nan Rae
"Magnolias" by Nan Rae         All rights reserved

When we choose one single word from His Word
and spend a year with it, I've found that the Lord
takes us by the hand and walks us through the year,
teaching us about that word, about ourselves,
and even more, about God Himself. 

Excerpted from "One Perfect Word,"
by Debbie Macomber
Howard Books, 2012


Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Danish theologian and philosopher


God's Word is your resolution solution.

For us, this ONE WORD exercise, in its simplicity, has become
a focal point throughout the year. It helps bring clarity into a
very complex world. The discipline of developing a ONE WORD
vision has stretched us in all areas: spiritually, physically and
emotionally. God has transformed us in many ways through this
exercise, and we promise that through it God can bring truth
and revelation into your life, as well.

Courtesy of
"Wisdom Walks," by Dan Britton and Jimmy Page
Summerside Press, 2010

Koi by Nan Rae
"Koi" by Nan Rae       All rights reserved

The surprising thing is that when we decide
we want to focus on one word for the year,
God takes part in the choosing. That's why the word
is perfect for us. We may not see it at the time,
but as we look back we see that it all worked
together—our word, our life, our journey. 

When I find my word and begin to explore it,
God takes me deep into that one word. Because
I've kept journals nearly my entire life, I have
been able to look back at them in the light of my
word of the year and see how my life experiences
dovetailed with my exploration of that year's word.

Excerpted from "One Perfect Word,"
by Debbie Macomber
Howard Books, 2012



All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta,
founder of Buddhism (563-483 BC)



Ask God for the word. Just as Samuel said,
"Speak, Lord, your servant is listening," you
need to humble yourself and ask God to drop
the word into your heart, mind and soul. Be open
and willing. The word can be a fruit of the Spirit
(kindness, faithfulness), attribute of God (holiness, mercy),
discipline (prayer, memorization), person (spouse, child),
biblical principle (harvest, stewardship), spiritual focus
(devotion, intimacy, passion), character trait (commitment,
perseverance), values (integrity, teamwork) or characteristic
of Christ (serving, humility). Listen for the Lord's prompting.

"Wisdom Walks" by Dan Britton and Jimmy Page
Summerside Press, 2010

The Last Word:

Take up one idea. Make that one idea
your life - think of it, dream of it, live on
that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves,
every part of your body, be full of that idea,
and just leave every other idea alone.
This is the way to success...

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Founder of Ramakrishna Math


























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working
the moment you get up in the morning, and does
not stop until you get into the office.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)
American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner



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