At the end of 2014 I joined my friend, Lisa, (Lisa notes) to come up with one word that would dwell in my heart for the whole of 2015. That word was ‘CHOICE.’
I certainly made lots of big choices in 2015. I made the choice in January to let the bank take my home. It felt like it was time to do that. However that would then leave me homeless. I prayed a lot back then, telling God of my needs and my fears. Although I wanted to stay near my daughter and granddaughter so that I could support them, God had other plans and in the end I not only let my home go, but made the choice to move a few miles down the road to Halifax.
I knew that God was directing me to attend church in Halifax, however I do not live in Halifax, I live at Bailiff Bridge. Bailiff Bridge is almost a pass-through. There are many house, but few shops or amenities. But, a couple of miles down the road is Brighouse. Brighouse is a perfectly form small town. It has every shop I have ever needed, thanks to the fact two of the main supermarkets have built stores in the neighbourhood. It is a perfect place to wander and shop.
I also made the choice to join the Library book group, which as we have got to know each other more the more we laugh, the more we share and the more we talk about the thing we love most, books! I also made the choice to read only one book at a time, which means I have read less, but I have read more fully. I made a choice to get a walk every day, that I can.
Other choices have been –
- to find quiet places in nature
- meditate morning and evening
- spend more time with God on a daily basis
- to make a new friend or two
- to be more patient, forgiving and understanding
- and biggest one of course, was making the choice to live
My biggest choice this year as left me in a very different place physically, spiritually and even emotionally. My flat is amazingly perfect, in a amazingly perfect place, church, although at the other side of Halifax to me, is warm, friendly and welcoming and I can say that I now have friends there. I love to shop in my little town and I have wonderful places to walk and meditate.
But, the time as come for a new word for a new year, which is just round the corner. Last year it took some pondering and the switching around of words, but this year the word came almost instantly and the word is ‘CHANGE.’
From making ‘CHOICES’ to taking those choices to the next level and consciously making ‘CHANGES’ in 2016.