Have you chosen your word, or did your word choose you?
How are you going to keep it in the forefront this year? I found a verse from on the books of the Apocrypha, Wisdom 3:9, that speaks to the idea of what it means to abide.
Those who trust in him understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.
I used my new Cricut machine to cut out the words of this verse to make a canvas. Right now, this canvas is hanging on the Christmas stocking hangers in the living room because I haven’t decided where to put the canvas for the year.
Sometimes, our words make us feel uncomfortable. “Abide” makes me uncomfortable. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to abide in right now. Is it words? Gracious, I’ve been reading a whole heck of a lot recently, so I guess I am abiding in those words that I am reading.
Is it “art”? I have started a daily art journal practice, of sorts, following the ideas of Gina Rossi Armfield’s No Excuses Art Journaling, as well incorporating ideas from Theresa Reobinson’s Right Brain Planner. Each day I record a little bit about my day—a color that I like or that suits my mood, a word to guide me through the day or that expresses my feelings or my mood, a simple drawing of the weather. I use a ittle watercolor, or acrylic paint, a dip pen and India ink and sometimes I write some song lyrics to describe the weather. (Do you know how many songs there are about RAIN? I am beginning to find out!) Another thing I am trying to do is to record more images of the ordinary things around me, not necessarily every day, but several times a week. This week, I have photographed the orchids that are blooming in my home. I have two windowsills full of “moth” orchids, and one oncidium orchid.
This week, I am “abiding” in the joy of these new blooms, the color that they add to the room, and the feeling of lightness that they are bringing to me, after a fall and early winter of grief.
This week, I invite you to find a way to abide with your word. Use it in art. Write it on sticky-notes and put those colorful squares where you will see them throughout your day.
And when that word feels uncomfortable, abide in the dis-ease it brings to you. That discomfort may be telling you that this is the word you need for the this time.