Friday, December 30, 2011

Brief Hibernation Ends - Word for 2012

Well, I TRIED to hibernate for awhile, but it lasted only a short time. I could probably hibernate for a couple of seasons and still want more.

As I wound down the year, I reflected on the busy-ness of 2011. We accomplished a great deal - enough that our lives are no longer considered "boring" by my kids!

Each year I pray for the Lord to give me a word for the coming year. For 2011, He gave me the word CELEBRATE. It was a difficult year in many ways, but through it all, we continued to celebrate HIM. Some of the things we achieved this year , through His guidance and favor, include:

  • Completed 10 classes for school. I was actually surprised I'd finished that many - and lived to tell about it.

  • Started two publishing companies that published three books this year, and we're already hard at work on the next five to be released during the first half of 2012.

  • Wrote one short script, a mystery novella, over a dozen short stories and essays, articles, press releases, marketing materials, and worked on two other novels.

  • Was interviewed over a dozen times, in person, by phone, and by email.

  • Participated in the Citizen's Police Academy.

  • Rang the bell for the Salvation Army.

Lots more, but that's enough to celebrate, don't you think?

My Word for 2012

When I prayed for a new word, the Lord gave me the word HOPE.

As I prayed about this word, God made it clear that the word isn't for me to HOPE for things, but to give HOPE to those who lack it. I'm normally quite the hermit, because my job allows me to stay home most of the time. But being out every day during the Christmas season, I experienced something new and heartbreaking. The world is filled with people who seem to have no hope. Why is that?

But the bigger question for me this year - what can I do about it?

Can you give someone hope this year?


Debbie Roome said...

You've inspired me to give hope to others next year!

B. J. Robinson said...

Beautiful inspiration. It's so sad to see people without hope. Blessings, Barb

Karen Power | Christian Speaker Services said...


HOPE is a big word these days. Glad you're tuned in to spreading too.

Thelma Wells started a HOPE focus in 2012 and it will continue into 2012. To remind you to share HOPE with others, check out her new fragrance, made just for Mama T ... Hope ... It smells really nice. I love wearing it and often get compliments on it.

BTW, you really did do a lot in 2011. I'm impressed! Looking forward to all that 2012 brings and anchoring my hope in Jesus Christ!

Blessings and joy,

Tracy Ruckman said...

Debbie and Barbara - you're both always such an encouragement to me. Thanks so much. And yes, it is sad - truly heartbreaking - to see so many who have no hope.

Karen - now I feel like I stole Mama T's word! LOL! I'm glad I know that God picked it and not me - and boy, we sure need a lot of hope to go around.

That perfume looks FABULOUS, and what a great NAME! Thanks for letting us know about it, and about her focus. I'll definitely be tuning in. I love her voice in her writing - she feels like a friend.

Tracy Ruckman said...

Oh - and Karen, I didn't even mention the bounty hunting case or the move we helped my son with! All at the same time the week of Thanksgiving! LOL!

It's a wonder my walls aren't padded.

Rita Garcia said...

So many need HOPE!!! Great word!