Closing Thoughts, 2016



These words of Parker Palmer’s are the words I’m taking with me into the New Year. With them are: congruence, wholeness, and listening (listen is my word for 2017). The beginning of this New Year will be an intensive writing time for me, which means the call to integrity and honesty is resting on me anew. Joining that call is the conviction to burn down those false mantles that are heavy and contradictory to my soul. In a word, paralyzing. It’s a call to trust myself more deeply as inklings surface and as desires deepen. And it’s an invitation to run headlong into offering that which I’ve been given. Gifts are best given. I was reminded of that recently.

I’m sharing all this with you because I wonder if you, too, feel like you lose your way about every week or so, that all the popular wisdom is confusing you more than it is helping you, and you are longing to live “divided no more.” I don’t know what that looks like in your life. I barely know what it looks like in mine. But I have whispers and ideas and thoughts and I feel compelled to tease those all out. And I want to encourage you to do the same.

Of course, integration requires listening. To ourselves. To God. Listening is a lost practice. And I’m going to rediscover it this year. No matter what this year has held for you — glorious or gutting — we must begin again. Always we begin again.

All my love,



4 Responses to “Closing Thoughts, 2016”

  1. Donna McCoy

    Yesterday at church, Dr Jeremiah talked about “Begin Again”..and I thought of you. He reminded us that God is a God of “start-overs”….we start a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year, etc….Good reminder for the New Year. Happy writing!

  2. Kirsten

    Can’t wait to read your new book! I loved Brazen and Breathing Room. My word for 2017 is “shalom”. A deep peace, completeness, and wholeness. I’m so excited to see how God will use your writing to speak to me this year. Blessings and favor as you write. God is with you in this, He will use you to bless many with your honestly and vulnerability!????????

  3. Gert

    I have not checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last handful of posts are really good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily blogtisl. You deserve it my friend.

  4. Kissimmee cheap auto insurnce

    Judy, I love all these quotes and I agree, there is magic in painting an abstract painting, it uses our intuition and we have to trust.I will have a quiet Thanksgiving with a few friends, this first one without my mother will be a hard one, but I am grateful and will focus on that. Wishing you a wonderful time with family and friends, Watson will have fun, he needs doggy friends. xoxo


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