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One Word 2015: Dwell

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It did not arrive in a gold envelope. Nor was it announced with a Hear Ye, Hear Ye.

It started as a whisper in my periphery. A wish from the middle of my soul. A slow drawing towards a fresh experience. A message repeated in my every day.

Until I knew it was a royal invitation.

Come sit with me, Beth.

Stay close. Learn from my ways. Hide in the shadow of my wing.

        Remain. Abide. Tarry. Nest.

                 Reside. Lodge. Settle. Rest.


I have started multiple blog posts intended to announce Dwell as my 2015 One Word. But nothing got further than a sentence or two. And I think that’s because I was trying to rush what I have found to be a slow unfolding of wonder over the course of a year. I cannot yet know all that Dwell will lead me to and through in the coming days.

It’s too soon to give you an event report when I have only now returned my RSVP.

But I can tell you what I hope for.

I hope to be more Mary and less Martha. And to know more of Him, not just more about Him.

I hope to discover rest in the midst of routine life. And magic in ordinary moments.

I hope to have long talks with Him. And to be refreshed in our brief meetings, too.

I hope to listen well. And learn to speak His dialect.

I hope to know what David knew when He sang:

              Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
                     will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
              I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
                    my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)


If you are interested in meeting others who have selected One Word for 2015, head over to the One Word Link-up. Fellow One Word bloggers, please add your reveal post here so I can meet with and pray for you throughout the year.

If you are interested in my Words from previous years, check out these links … 2014: Grace; 2013: Fullness; 2012: Float; 2011: Courage

10 Responses to “One Word 2015: Dwell”

  1. In a world of hurrying, the hustle and bustle and go of this life can so often detract from the most important thing in this life. I love the word dwell because it is a reminder that we all need to slow down that we may be present in each moment. I love the story of Mary and Martha because it is a reminder that I need often to let go of the cares of the world and take the time to sit at His feet. Thanks for the reminder and for the link-up. Here’s to a 2015 full of what He desires to teach each of us and the ability for us to encourage one another in that. Blessings, Beth!
    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup recently posted…One WordMy Profile

  2. How I love that this word came to you, slowly unfolded in your year of growing wonder – and when you heard its whisper, you knew this is where you’d been led all along. It’s a beautiful, challenging, lifelong journey to dwell, and I am confident I will learn right alongside you as you give us peeks into your year of pressing into this more intentionally. I am grateful for you, friend. So grateful.
    Amber @ Beautiful Rubbish recently posted…On earthy hope, cocoons and the edges of wildnessMy Profile

  3. Sharon says:

    A lovely word, Beth – a strong and hopeful word. A consoling and peaceful word. And yet, a word that may be hard to learn. For it is indeed so hard to dwell in blessed assurance, isn’t it?! (Please tell me that it isn’t just me!!)

    Dwelling implies resting, and what a wonderful journey this will be. I am looking forward to sharing the path with you. I know that God will reveal new layers of meaning, new revelations of His truth in these words that He lays upon our hearts.

    To His glory, may we DWELL with Him in confidence and trust.


    (I linked up my 2015 word – HEALING. Wonder what God has in store?)

    • Beth says:

      Agreed, Sharon. It can be a hard word to learn. “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” — that’s from one of my favorite hymns, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. (I’ll hop over soon to read more about HEALING with you.)

  4. To know more of him, not just know more about him. That’s where I am too. Hope your new year is off to a good start, sweet lady!
    Kristin Hill Taylor recently posted…Hello, 2015!My Profile

  5. I really love this word of yours, Beth. And I love what you’ve shared here. I keep thinking about my word and feel there should be a post, but at the same time my commitment this coming year is to never force a post. They will be as God leads. Thanks for hosting the link-up too. I have come by a few times to see what others are sharing. Much love. xoxo
    Beth (@SimplyBeth3) recently posted…God with usMy Profile

    • Beth says:

      I’m glad you enjoy the link-up. I always enjoy reading from others about their One Word and thought it would be handy to have a group of them in one spot. I completely understand your desire to not “force” posts. I think that will be big for me this year, too. God desires alone time with. Sometimes I will write about it. Sometimes not. Can’t wait to see what God grows in both of us in these coming days.


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