One Little Word and Resistance

How are you doing with your one little word so far?

This week, I have resisted my word. Even more, I am resenting my word. Maybe that’s why I need my word.


Simple Definition of resistance

: refusal to accept something new or different

  • : effort made to stop or to fight against someone or something

  • : the ability to prevent something from having an effect

  • I’m not sure you can call what I am doing a refusal to accept something new or different, but I am fighting against it. 

  • I think it’s okay to resist the one word in the beginning. It takes time for the word to take effect. It’s hard to “settle in” to all that the word embraces and implies.

  • So if you are resisting the word, follow that resistance for a bit. It might be revealing.

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  • One of my “routines” for several years has been to engage in morning devotions and Bible study. It is one of the ways that I abide with the word of God. It’s important to me to know what God says to me and live in that word. This week, I have resisted that abiding. In fact, thought I continued to abide in my morning prayer time, I resisted opening the book. Maybe it’s because I have been reading the book of Job, one of the most depressing books in the Bible but only hopeful until the end. I mean, how long can I put up with Job complaining about his lot in life? And yes, he does complain! Oh, I know it’s not his fault. I know that this is really an allegory or parable of sorts. It’s a literary work more than a literal narrative. But still!

  • Obviously, I have been abiding with the first several chapters of Job. See how that word sneaks up on you? So, if you find that you are resisting your word and maybe resenting it a bit, just let it happen. Resist. Ponder, Resent. Than re-examine.

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By Olivia Fulmer

I am the OliviaIrene of OliviaIrene Photography. I am a photographer, a teacher, a story teller. I use this space to tell stories of life, family, and faith through words and images. I'd love to share your stories as well. Join me in this journey.

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