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| written by Amy Young | 11 comments

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Last year was a year of cour_ge (you can read why the ‘a’ is missing). I quit my job of over 18 years, moved from China back to the U.S.  and have been adjusting to how much life costs here (oh man, this last one has required far more courage from me than ever imagined!)

This fall a new word started to pop up around the edges of my soul.

There are times when God gives us freedom to make choices. And there are times when He stalks us like a lion at a watering hole coming upon a tasty gazelle.

Trust, Amy, Trust.  

Trust?! How about laughter? Or Risk? Anything that doesn’t bring to mind a cosmic trust walk. Remember being blindfolded and asked to trust your guide?

Take three steps to your right. OH MY WORD! I’m sorry, did I forget to mention the coffee table that just slammed into your thigh. Man, that’s going to hurt. My bad. OK, keep going forward. What in the world?! I’m the worst direction giver ever. So sorry I didn’t tell you about the hole. So, so sorry.

Leaving me wondering where in the world has thigh high coffee tables and holes?!  

But God isn’t playing a cosmic game with us. When he asks us to trust, it’s not for raw sport. It’s for our growth and maturing. 

When I hear “trust,” I tend to hear “sit there and wait.” I’m not the best waiter. Or sitter. I’m a mover and a shaker. I forget trust can be an active verb too. Trust and keep moving. Trust and keep relying.

When I came here to OneWord365 and entered my word, I was curious how many others there were in my tribe. At that time there were about 12 of us! Twelve wanting to bring trust to life. 

What if they were serious about trust and as the bell rings December 31, 2014 they are different and I’ve meant to be intentional about exploring and implementing trust but got sidetracked. You know, by important things like solitaire and TV.

I realized, here were twelve people who could help me if I reached out to them. So, like a friendly blog stalker I went to each of their sites and commented, “Hi, I picked trust too. Are you interested in a monthly link-up? Basically, write something about trust, your journey so far with trust, or why you’re hating trust :).  Publish it on your blog and then submit the link to the link-up and we can pop around supporting and learning from one another.”

Seven of them contacted me say, “I’m in!”

And that’s when I realized that maybe YOU’D like to be invited too! Maybe not just us trust people need accountability, but you live and minimal and fearless and enough and gratitude and embrace people would like a place to touch base monthly with your journey as well.

Here’s the deal:

Every third Tuesday I’ll host a link up at The Messy Middle. Trust + Tuesday + Third = three T’s and I don’t have to mark my calendar with different dates! Just remember TTT. The first one will be on January 21st. The link up will be open for one week; after one week, you’ll need to wait until the next month.

I’ve also started a Pinterest OneWord365 board and want it to be a community board (meaning let’s have our OneWord365 posts all in one place!). If you’d like to join the OneWord365 Pinterest board as a contributor, you need to follow the board and then email me at messymiddle (at) gmail (dot) com with either your email address or Pinterest user name and I’ll add you as a contributor.  

If you miss a month, don’t beat yourself up. This will go on for the next twelve months and isn’t meant to overload you or make you feel guilty. We’re going to be a group of cheerleaders.

May your OneWord365 already have been coming to life.

Are you in? Does accountability help you?
See you next Tuesday!

Amy Young is readjusting to the messy middle of life in the US after more than twenty years in China. The distance didn't impede her passion for the Denver Broncos or the Kansas Jayhawks but she is enjoying cheering them during the daylight hours without having to get up freakishly early Monday mornings. When she first moved to China she knew three Chinese words: hello, thank you and watermelon. Often the only words really needed in life. She is known to jump in without all the facts and blogs regularly at messymiddle.com and tweets as @amyinbj and is the most non-crafty pinner Pinterest has ever seen (but she's having fun!).

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Jen @ raising Nats fans: What a great idea. TTT. Marking my calendar! Reply

Amy Young: Great Jen! See you next Tuesday! Reply

Jeanette: Great idea! What you wrote about trust reminded me of this song by Steven Curtis Chapman. It's on his new album. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niw-qA1JWeQ Reply

    Amy Young: So cool, I'm off to listen to it! Thanks Jeanette! Reply

    Amy Young: GREAT! If there are ways I can be of help, let me know. And what an empowering word for the year! Reply

      Amy Young: Oops! Good thing my word isn't "classy" :) ... I meant for this reply to go with Lisa's comment. Feel free to delete both or leave them as a reminder that oops' are a part of life :) Reply

Lisa: Great idea. I'm facilitating a One Word project with some teachers. It would be awesome for them to find others who share their words. My word is celebrate! Reply

    Amy Young: GREAT! If there are ways I can be of help, let me know. And what an empowering word for the year! Reply

Alison Lam: Thanks for sharing! I have one question to Alece or anyone. Maybe it's just me, but I just have no idea what it means to "link up" on a blog. I noticed this was mentioned all last year on various blogs for One Word, but I had no idea what it meant, and I consider myself very internet savvy. Haha. Please teach me thy ways :) Ali Reply

    Amy Young: Hi Alison -- GREAT question! A link up is where bloggers write a post, publish it, and then go to the link up place (in this case, www.messymiddle.com) and there will be a place on the bottom for the participant to enter the url from their post and "link up" -- here are two examples of link-up: http://velvetashes.com/the-grove-voice/ AND http://michellederusha.com/2014/01/hear-it-on-sunday-use-it-on-monday-for-the-times-you-pray-first-world-prayers/ One is still "open" accepting links and one is "closed" -- the time has ended and people can not longer "link" the posts. Even if you don't have a blog, you can still participate by leaving a comment on Tuesday! Please stop by and let us know how "risk" is going! Reply

      Alison Lam: Thanks, Amy, for the clear and detailed answer! Still getting used to the concept, but I like it! Blessings. Reply

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