Wednesday, January 9, 2013


"All who WANDER are not lost."
                                                                                  J.R.R. Tolkien

It has been hard to choose a word to carry me through 2013. 
So, to get me started, I chose a letter.
...I will continue to of my very successful 2012 pursuits. {will.not.loose.this.focus.}
...I will write more. 
...I will drink more water and eat more water {yes, I said know, fruits and veggies}
...and I will continue to pursue answers to my questions about worship.

That list was easy. Obvious. A continuation of the best that these past few years have given me.
{Well, except the water - I really need to eat more fruits and veggies.}

As I thought about beginning this new year, I discovered that I long for a continuation of what is. As I wracked my brain looking for some big new idea, I had to admit that I'd be fine with my current path. This was so shocking! And comforting. And confusing.

It all got me thinking...why? What about this past year or so has been so fulfilling? And in asking that question, I found my word for this next year. too begins with a W!

To ramble without a definite purpose or objective; roam; rove.
To go aimlessly, indirectly or casually; meander.
To go astray, as from a path or course.

Seems like an odd word to choose - no definite purpose or objective in goal setting?? How can I choose aimlessness when the point is to set a path, to stay the course? 

Because I long to be led.
Led by the Spirit.
By all that is beautiful around me.
By good choices made - in the minute.
Because I love the sense of peace and calm and timelessness that takes over as one meanders.
Because it really is all about the journey. And I want my day to day to reflect that notion.

"Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from as old."
Psalms 25:4-6

May we all enjoy whatever wanderings come our way in 2013!

Linking up at Alita's place today!


  1. Just beautiful, Adrienne - the photos and your words.
    I've always loved that quote, too.
    Hoping that 2013 will be a wonderful year for you!

  2. What an absolutely perfect word for your 2013. I love it!

  3. I love yout take on this word, Adrienne! I've never thought about some of the peace that comes from slowing down and meandering along, following where we are led. Lovely!

  4. Oh YOU will OWN this word. You already have! Good pick.


  5. Love this, how special of a word!! You made it special and made it your own, your own to hold and nurture and create with this year!! Go girl! :)


  6. a gorgeous entry adrienne, your pictures, your words....

    everything flows so beautifully!!

  7. i love how you always match up your photos with some great writing!

  8. Oh, you know I'm TOTALLY a fan of "wander." :) I think that's a great word for you this year!

  9. What I love about this is how true to life it is. We make our plans, and that is well and good. But in the end we don't really have control and must be willing to wander where He leads us. You are such a wise philosopher!