To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work – Mary Oliver
Happy New Year to all those who spare a moment to click across to my space here on the big wide web; I appreciate your support, encouragement and friendship, both spoken loudly in real life or quietly whispered through your comments.
I pray that you’re able to embrace 2016 with hope and expectation; may it be a year of great opportunity, boundless strength and abundant joy!
You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
I generally face the new year with scribbled notes, quiet contemplation and a spider diagram of how I envision this coming year to look. This year is no exception; I’m busy goal setting and schedule planning to boost the beginning of what will be a great year. I’ve often approached a new year with a specific word or scripture that has delicately marked my path; but this year I’m naming my year, a bit like a banner perpetually hanging over the days and weeks to come. I find that intentionally naming your year, after prayer and process, is an incredible prophetic declaration covering the next 36
5 6 days of opportunity.
So, 2016 will be my year of ‘paying attention’ – I will be paying attention to my God-given:
I’m still processing the details of these; but I’m more and more aware that focus isn’t just honing in on one small space, but it’s more often the art of taking away what shouldn’t be there. I want to pay attention to what God has placed in my path in this season; I want to be content to emerge strong out of that place and establish rich ground for each of these areas of my life, some of that might be practicing the discipline of saying ‘no’ or even moving things out of the room for
a while ever.
When we pay attention to something it grows and flourishes; the small things become the big things and the insignificant become magnificent.
I want to focus my attention and set my affection on Jesus – He leads me into all truth and that’s what my heart desires most.
So, have you named your year? What’s the banner over 2016 for you?
Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. – Mary Oliver