New Year, Part 3 – My Word

I’ve had a migraine for the past two days and it’s finally lifted… for the most part. God gave me my word for the year after writing the post New Year, Part 2 and I’ve been wanting to dig in, research the word, and share with you! Unfortunately, I have been in bed for the past two days.

However, onward and upward.

In the previous post, I wrote about how I wanted more quiet in my life – a quiet mind – free from anxiousness and worry. A quiet confidence. The ability to be in the moment and to just live life.

And then on the way to work, God gave me the word.


Some things that came to me were “Be still and know that I am God.” and “He leadeth me beside still waters.” The image of still waters filled my mind and I immediately felt my shoulders relax. Can you picture still waters? Barely a ripple? Silent. Calm. Peaceful. True rest. What a perfect metaphor for what I want in my mind… a peaceful rest from worry and anxiety. Stillness.

Yes, this is the word.

Merriam-Webster’s first definition of stillness is: a state of freedom from storm or disturbance.

Isn’t that beautiful?

Merriam-Webster continues by giving synonyms for stillness which include calm, peacefulness, quietness, restfulness, serene, tranquility.

Antonyms include commotion, pandemonium, tumult, turmoil, unrest, uproar. (In other words, what my mind often feels like!)

It’s lovely. Stillness. I want a mind of stillness. To live my life with peace and confidence in each step I take. To not be overcome by tumultuous thoughts.

To set aside time for meditation and mindfulness, a time to purposely quiet my mind. To play a game with my daughter in which that’s the only thing I’m focused on. To snuggle, and only snuggle – serene and resting. To be still with my daughter.

To be still within my mind. To enjoy each moment and what it represents.

The shower. The walk. The drive. The coffee. The warm blankets. The cold nights. The I love yous. The friend dates. The teachable moments with students.

To be still in my mind and to be still in the moment… and to listen. To listen to what God has to say to me, to listen to what my daughter wants to tell me. To just listen.

So, my word for 2020 is Stillness. Have you chosen a word for yourself? What do you want to bring more of into your life this year?

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