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  1. Well I immediately thought of the verse Restore to me the years the locusts ate. I pray that for my friends and family as well as myself following hard or lean years. I am vacillating between “endurance” because I feel worn thin and need to rebuild in a few areas or two words “Stop It!” Have you seen Bob Newhart’s clip on this?
    Hysterical. and there are some things I need to apply this to 😆. At any rate after doing a one word for a few years I was so tired I’ve resolved to STOP choosing verbs 😘

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Great tip, Pamela! Yes, those verbs can be too much like resolutions:( And I was thinking of the locusts verse, too. Going to watch the clip; he’s so funny!

  2. Thank you for this special post. Praying for you and your family in this new year of Renewing and Restoring. I love the verse in Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul…”.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Yes, that one is on the possibility list for verses! Thanks, Stef!

  3. Well after reading this and thinking about my word, I chose peace, I worry about missing out on so much when I have my migraines and it’s always bothered me so much, so I want peace. Thank you for this wonderful post.

    1. I’m a fellow migraine sufferer too. I so get what you’re saying. Hoping God will grant you His peace in this and relief.

    2. Lora Bloomquist says:

      So glad it was an encouragement, Marlene. Sorry you are dealing with those:(

  4. Hi, Lori,
    My word is “Choose”. I want to be aware that everything I do is a choice. I don’t want to let life choose for me. I write a lot about it in my most recent book. About how we choose some wrong patterns (thoughts, words, actions) when we are depressed and that those choices exacerbate the condition.

    I believe God expects us to make wise choices. Anyway, God bless.

    God bless,

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Very wise words, Rebecca. Thanks for sharing them! And congrats on the book!

  5. Thankyou for sharing your precious thoughts and prayer for this year. I’m so sorry that you’ve had this long journey with your mother’s health, yet it’s those times that God reveals Himself to us and we grow more like Him. I love your choices for this new year. We all need renewal and restoration, daily. sending a hug and blessing for this new year.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, friend:) Hugs to you, too, and pray you will have a healthier 2022!

  6. Pamela Martin says:

    My Word for this year is DELIGHT. My verse is Ps.37:4
    Delight yourself also in the Lord,
    And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
    Believe it or not, I already have next year’s Word, JOURNEY. It keeps popping up everywhere.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I love your choice! And amazing that you already know next years!

  7. Hi Lora, thank you for the idea about a word for the year. I had already decided to make a vision board and now I can incorporate my “Word”. It is going to be Refresh. My soul, mind, home, financials etc. I understand about the journey of burying a parent. I’m sorry for your loss. I lost my mother 2 years ago and everything fell on me to handle and I don’t think I’ve taken the time to recover from all of that. So this is the year, I start to get my life in order and Refresh. I hope you have a wonderful year. I really enjoy your posts, can’t wait to see what’s next.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Tammy, and sorry you had to pick up the pieces after; know about that burden, too. It’s all a process, but I think the word Refresh sounds perfect!