their words.

They chose words too…

Andy chose health. Our friends laugh when they hear this. Andy just smiles. He knows. He knows he needs this. He knows I need him to need this. I’m looking forward to seeing how the word unfolds for him this year.

Hannah chose confidence. Do you know how remarkable I think she is? In fact, she just may be the coolest eleven year old on the planet. “What made you choose confidence?” I ask.

She responds, without missing a beat, “I need to figure it out because I want more confidence in myself.”

Stephanie thought and thought and thought about her word. I thought she should stick with the word from last year — peace. She could use more peace. Instead, Steph selected thankful. “I really want a grateful heart,” she said, “but it’s just hard to find one.”

Sam decided on faith. It’s a bold word and I hope it roots deep in his heart. He told me recently, “If I pray more, I think I’ll know faith better. So I’ve started to pray when I walk in line at school.”

They asked Jordan about his word. (It’s as if they expect the entire world selects a word for the year.) I’m watching him, planning to help him cultivate a word for 2013. It’s a life changing year for him. I’m sure a word will find him.

Their words are all a part of mine. I supposed that is the nature of family — we are woven together. I’m looking forward to seeing our tapestry unfold.


  1. Ruth, I can see the riches of Christ in your children with the words they have chosen. I especially love Stephanie's reason for her word. Glad Andy chose health.:) the way you weave a bit of conversation into your posts brings me close to the scene. MHG