My word for 2007: STAND. Ali Edwards ( a major scrapbooker and life artist) challenged me to find a word for 2007 that will be a watchword. How often I've heard this word STAND used and was intrigued by its representation. STAND in the gap. Implies action while standing really implies no movement - yet when used this way there is fluid movement - it may be necessary to step out of my comfort zone to STAND in the gap. In fact to stand in the gap I may actually need to be on my knees in prayer. Oprah Winfrey said this: "Everyone gets through the tough times because there is someone standing in the gap to close it for us." I want to be that someone. How interesting is that! What is my life going to STAND for? What am I going to STAND for today? What am I going to STAND for this week? I want to STAND upon truth. Not my truth, or as the world sees truth but the one truth alone that is Jesus Christ, who is truth. A Chinese proverb says, " Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of STANDING still." I don't want to STAND still. I don't want to stand still in my relationship with Christ, with my husband, with my kids, with my friends, with those I will meet. I want to STAND and truly impact our world through service. I want to make happen in 2007 this STAND and impact my world by 1) going on a mission trip 2) joining the COMPASSION team along with my children, and support a child, 3) teach several bible studies for military wives, 4) lead a military ministry support group regularly, 5) move the military ministry of SCC forward (not standing still!!!) and my last STAND is STAND in awe of the one who gave it all - my JESUS, who stands in the gap for me that I might know eternal life.