Play off the Page and Peace Garden Writer. In their recent blog posts, they both offer the challenge of finding a word or phrase to represent the upcoming year.
So, I have been doing a lot of pondering and praying.
Hmmmm, before I could look forward, I found myself remembering the past. What word or words could I use to describe these past few years? Interestingly enough. the words that have come to my mind....start with R. (so does my maiden name--Reisch.)
In 2009--Rest. Traveling through cancer treatment, I quickly discovered that peace only comes when we rest in our Lord. (I also had to take a rest from many obligations.)
In 2010--Recovery and Reality. This past year most of my energy was spent recovering from surgeries and cancer treatment. It was with this recovery phase, that my new reality became clear. The reality that cancer treatment will always be part of our lives. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I thought I would go through treatment and than go back to normal. Only to discover that there will never be a "normal" like the past. It is exciting to learn that more and more research is being done with regards to survivorship and the challenges experienced post treatment.
In 2011--Renewal and Refinement. Webster defines Renewal as the process of restoring to freshness and vigor. I am excited! However, I will admit, I have been fighting the word refinement just a bit. Refinement often accompanies pain, yet it is within the process of refinement that we strengthen our faith.
How about you, do you have a word/words for 2011?