My 2009 Word for the Year

Peace and Perseverance

My Word: 

My words for the year of 2009 are Peace and Perseverance.


1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility
2. Peace of mind, sense of health (welfare) of an individual
3. Security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and         harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous"
4. Of the Messiah's peace. The way that leads to peace (Salvation)

1. steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in     achieving success.
2. Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state       etc; especially in spite of difficulties obstacles or               discouragement.
3. Theology. Continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading       to eternal salvation.
4. The quality that allows someone to continue trying to do           something even though it is difficult. 


Peace-tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness, privacy, solitude. 

Perseverance- persistence, tenacity, determination, staying power, indefatigably, steadfastness, purposefulness, patience, endurance, application, diligence, dedication, commitment, tirelessness, stamina. 

My Vision Boards:


"Peace is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ." -Sheila Wash

"Peace- It does not mean to be in a place where is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It mean 

"It is possible to choose peace over worry."

"Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace."

"Don't let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace."

"Peace begins with a smile. " -Mother Teresa

"As we pour our bitterness, God pours in His peace." -F.B. Meyer

"If God be our God, he will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, he will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble." -Thomas Watson

"Because of the empty tomb, we have peace, because of His Resurrection, we can have peace during even the most troubling of times because we know He is in control of all that happens in the world."

"The Grace of God is given in spite of our circumstances. God's peace comes when our difficulties would suggest otherwise." -Sally Clarkson

Finally getting a diagnose didn't solve everything over night. It wasn't an easy fix. There were other things going on in my body. After a referral our from Dr. Black and a referral out from a Consultant Neurologist, I saw a Neurosurgeon for my neck. Dr. Grimm had to go to bat for me when I was over looked by the Neuro Surgeon. He overlooked the temporary loss of being able to move my arms, legs and becoming like a rag doll. The Neurosurgeon finally listened to Dr. Grimm and ordered another MRI, then a discogram. He retracted his "There is nothing I can do for you" and proceeded with scheduling surgery for my neck. 

Let Go: 
I needed peace in my heart to get through all that was happening. I needed perseverance to make it through the pain, the unknown, the delay of treatment for my ears, and to make it through neck surgery and all the physical therapy to follow. 

Reason why: 
I just wanted to get "better." I wanted to do everything in my power to get "better." The word peace kept showing up in my life, on Christmas cards, verses I read, on a cup my Sister gave me. I needed to find the Everlasting Peace that can only come from God. To trust in Him. His timing that He is in control and He will work everything out.

Peace gave me perseverance to keep going. Once the neck was taken care of I was able to proceed with bed rest to see if it would heal the inner ear damage. From    to     I was on a strict bed rest. We got a hospital bed, put it in my living room. I was up for the bathroom and to eat six times a day. I was put on the Zone Diet to help regulate my ears. I had to start all over because of throwing up. I had bad headaches every day, all day long. I had to take pain prescription for the headaches and sleep medicine to fall asleep at night. 

Bible Verses:

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to god; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace." Psalm 29:11

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you."  Isaiah 26:3

"I have told you these things, so that in my you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. but take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"May the god of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to god. And the peace of god, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." II Thessalonians 3:16


"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;" Romans 5:3

"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of god, you will receive what He has promised." Hebrews 10:36

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

"being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light." Colossians 1:11-12

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that hte testing of your faith produces perseverance." James 1:2-3

"Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience," Colossians 1:11

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." James 1:12

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had," Romans 15:5

"And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good." II Thessalonians 3:13

What I have learned:

1. The only place we can find long lasting peace is in the Lord. 

2. Nothing in this world is worth loosing your peace. 

3. God gives us the strength to persevere. 

4. With God's Peace and strength we can persevere through             anything. 

5. Take one day at a time. 

Join the Conversation:

Is the word for the year new to you? Do you have a word for this year? How has your word impacted your life? Please share your word or any thoughts you may have.  I would love to hear them!

Love and Prayers ❤


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