Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My One Word 2013...

My One Word for 2012 has been "Focus" and my Word for 2013 is "Diligent"

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The culmination of 2012's word and the beginning of 2013's word happened all in one night for me... Saturday night, December 29th when my parent's home caught fire. 

Focus because as Job spoke in Chapter 2:

"Should we take only good things from God and not trouble?"

It will require focusing on God and choosing to praise God.

Praising God that my family and their pets are alive and possessions can be replaced.
Focusing on the fact that God is good even when what you want to be a bad nightmare is reality.

Focusing on God instead of the "What If's" when they try to take over
 as they did early on Sunday morning....

- What if the smoke detector hadn't worked? 
-What if they couldn't have gotten out of the house?
- What if....What if...What if and What if...


It will be my choice to focus on praising God through this storm.

2013's word "diligent" will be required this week as we walk through the rebuilding process with my parents. To be honest, I am not fully aware of the magnitude of "diligent"
but that is okay, I have a whole year.

"But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged to you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments, and to cleave unto Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul." 
Joshua 22:5

As we prepare to walk through this next week, here are a few specific prayers and praises from me:

Specific Prayers:

~ To remember that God is in control of all things
~ That we must praise God in all things (whether good or bad)
~To be the child of God & daughter that my parents are going to need 
~ Strength and Rest for my parents and family as we journey through this storm
~ My parents health (spiritually, emotionally, and physically) during this storm

Specific Praises:

~ All my family is alive
~ My Dad & Nephew saved his dogs & bird 
~ Family that is there when you need them
~ A loving God who is in control even when our focus is impaired during the storm 

Thank you for your prayers. 


  1. This is great Dawn...and I am so thankful your parents were not harmed in the fire. I will be praying for your family this week as you all face the restoration process. Shelly Hollis

    1. Shelly: They were truly blessed that all the people and animals are okay. Stuff is replaceable...my family isn't.

  2. What a challenge - the fire of your parents. So glad they are safe. You said, this, " I am not fully aware of the magnitude of "diligent" but that is okay, I have a whole year" - it is wisdom that you have to understand you aren't behind but that understanding will grow. And, when you asked God that you be the daughter your parents need you to be - that is simply heart beautiful! Wishing you much blessing in your diligence journey!

    1. Thank you for all of your kind words. I am learning each day about being "diligent". This is a journey and I am so happy God is the one in charge.


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