If I Did This . . . {September One Word Linkup}

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“If I did this . . . ” Challenge

Sometimes our One Word “works” or doesn’t “work” based on other things happening in our lives.

Are any of those circumstances within your control?

As you exercise your word the next 30 days, see how you would fill in these blanks.

I could have more [YOUR ONE WORD] in my life if:

I did this _______________.
I didn’t do this: _______________.

Try journaling or praying to decide which responsibilities belong to you and which ones don’t.

This One Word linkup will remain open through Friday night, September 30.

The next linkup opens on Saturday, October 22.

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14 thoughts on “If I Did This . . . {September One Word Linkup}

  1. Lois Flowers

    Good fill-in-the-blank exercises, Lisa. I suppose the thing about my word (dawn) is that I can’t have more of it in my life in literal sense, but I can definitely pay more attention to it (get up earlier so I can actually see the sunrise, look for what God is teaching me through it, etc.). In other Word of the Year news, I finally wrote a couple of posts about my word from LAST year that I’ve been meaning to write since, well, even longer than last year. Planning to post those next month, Lord willing. 🙂

    1. Lynn D. Morrissey

      Lois, perhaps, too, it depends on what you mean by “dawn.” Yes, in the literal sense, rising earlier to meet the dawn is one great way, but the visibility will depend on things out of your control. So . . . if you mean other definitions, as well, like: *(n.) the beginning or rise of anything, *(v.) to begin to open or develop, *(v.) to begin to be perceived, IF you did those things, then what? I just went back and reread Lisa’s prompt, and I got it twisted, but my improvisation prompt, so to speak, is also interesting to contemplate.


    2. LisaNotes Post author

      True; we only get one literal dawn per day. 🙂 But I almost always miss it, even if I’m awake. I definitely could improve on appreciating the one I get. I’m glad you’re writing posts about your last year’s word too! I’ve found–and I’m sure you have too–that God continues to work through our words for years to come. Sometimes we get a bigger revelation about our word long after our year is over.

  2. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Lisa, how I love journaling prompts! They’re short and sweet, but when engaged, can lead to deep contemplation and illuminations.

    As I noted above for Lois, I misread this. At a cursory glance, I was thinking it to read: If I did ………. then I’d have……..

    My word “finish,” I am considering (mostly) a verb, so fitting it in your blanks, doesn’t exactly work for me, as in “I could have more finish in my life, if I did……”

    But I could say, “If I finish, then I…..” that would work for me, and b/c I am so far behind, it discourages me some. However, it could also be a motivation as I think of what life would be like!

    thanks for ever making us think. (And my flipside could be, “If I don’t finish, then I….”

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You’re free to interpret the prompts however you choose to, Lynn. Even better if you find a different angle than the one I was thinking about! 🙂

      When I think about being overwhelmed with “finish” my mind immediately goes to photos. I’m so behind on sorting and printing photos I’ve taken the past 4 years that I’ve become frozen and stopped making any progress at all. I would not want to go back to the days of print photography, but in some ways, those days were much easier to stay on top of.

      1. Lynn D. Morrissey

        Oh I get this. Photos. Those and papers and books are my demise! Yes, digital photos open up a whole other can of worms. Sometimes our convenient technology is anything but. All the best w/ this!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I need to schedule some time with the questions myself to consider them in light of Release. At this point in the year, it often gets harder for me to continue to engage my word, but this is also when I start to notice more breakthroughs if I don’t give up….

  3. Jeanne Takenaka

    Lisa, what great questions to ask. I’m finding God uses my One Word in many ways. As we’ve walked through some hard stuff this year, my One Word has had me clinging to Jesus a lot. He’s teaching me a lot about trusting Him, especially in the painful unknowns.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      This has been a tough year for me, too, Jeanne, so I have benefited by reading your blog as you walk through extra struggles this year as well. I love how word CLING and my word RELEASE may appear to be opposites on the surface, but they have a common root of trusting Jesus underneath.

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