January Journey:  WOTY 2024

January Journey: WOTY 2024

My One Word for 2024: Savor

My Word for the Year came to me from a blog by Jamie Rohrbaugh. It started with: “I want you to slow down and savor My goodness. Savor what I am doing for you".  The word Savor jumped out at me and I immediately knew this was my word.

As I dug deeper into this word, I was excited to discover that savoring would have some great advantages in my life.

  • better ability to identify, focus on, and increase positive emotions.
  • Greater life satisfaction and a deeper sense of gratitude.
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves coping mechanisms 
  • Improves the ability to limit any negative thinking
  • Increases levels of resilience 
  • Decreases depressive symptoms. 
  •  Increases in happiness and quality of life.
  •  Better quality relationships
  • A stronger connection and a sense of appreciation for loved ones

 I was also surprised to learn that savoring has the power to excite interest. (see Collins definition #4) Matt. 5:13 talks about salt not losing its savor.  By living life this way, I won't lose my savor or hide my light.

 

From my Journal:

I've spent January setting up my journal, so that is what I'll share with you today.

 

Savor defined

I like the Collins Dictionary definition of savor.

Savor (ˈseɪvər)
  1. TRANSITIVE VERB
If you savor an experience, you enjoy it as much as you can.
She savored her newfound freedom.  Synonyms: relish, like, delight in, revel in   
  1. TRANSITIVE VERB
If you savor food or drink, you eat or drink it slowly in order to taste its full flavor and to enjoy it properly. Just relax, eat slowly, and savor the full flavor of your food.  Synonyms: enjoy, appreciate, relish delight in 
Savor in American English (ˈseɪvər) NOUN
  1. a. that quality of a thing which acts on the sense of taste or of smell b .a particular taste or smell
  2. characteristic quality; distinctive property
  3. perceptible trace; tinge
  4. power to excite interest, zest, etc.
VERB INTRANSITIVE
  1. to have the particular taste, smell, or quality; smack (of)
  2. to show traces or signs (of)
rudeness savoring of contempt VERB TRANSITIVE
  1. to be the source of the flavor or scent of; season
  2. to taste or smell, esp. with relish 

 

Savoring is to attend to, appreciate, and enhance the positive experiences in one’s life.

 

Synonyms & Similar Words

Enjoy, relish, treasure, rejoice in, appreciate, delight in, revel in, admire, cherish, worship, feast on, luxuriate in.

Antonyms & Near Antonyms

Be indifferent to, hate, dislike, despise, condemn, scorn

 

Bible Verses

O taste and see that the LORD [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.  Psalms 34:8 AMP

 salt

 

 I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.    Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 MSG

 

My son, pay attention to all the words I am telling you.
    Lean in closer so you may hear all I say.
 Keep them before you; meditate on them;
    set them safely in your heart.
 For those who discover them, they are life.
    They bring wholeness and healing to their bodies.
Proverbs 4:20-44 The Voice

 

Quotes:

“I supposed to savour is to hold something in your mouth for more than a moment, to linger and draw out its details. Sometimes you are far too hungry to wait, and things get lost. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that I write things into remembrance. I like to linger long enough to name pleasurable things and seek out more.”

― Marlowe Granados

 

 quote

 

 

“There are two kinds of women in the world: those who savor, and those who don’t. The ones who savor know how to enjoy a good time when it happens. We dig in the claws and ride a rush as hard and as long as we can.

And then there are those other gals. I don’t know if they feel guilty about having fun or if they take themselves too seriously—or maybe they’re just afraid they’ll get their hair mussed if they throw their head back and have a good time. Whatever it is, they’ll push back from the table at d’Annunzio’s, still flushed from some masterpiece of chocolate-raspberry bliss, and their first words uttered will involve 'walking it off.”― Chris Dee

 

Action Plan

 Savor His Word—  Instead of rushing through my daily bible plan, take one verse and savor it.  Write it from different translations, meditate on it, and pray it over my life.

 Savor time with family and friends— distance, dementia, other health issues, death have all stolen time away from family and friends.  Remember to savor every moment you have with loved ones.

Savor My Blessings—My daughter got me a blessing box for Christmas. I intend to write one blessing a day to put into the box, as savor it that day.

 

Vision Board

I'm still working on this, but here is what I've got so far.

 

savor vision board

 

That's all for now.  How is you enjoying your Word of the Year so far?  I hope you will savor it.

See more of the One Word Journal by clicking picture below.

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6 comments

What a great word! When we savor, we do more than just be present. We enjoy what we do. I look forward to following your journey as you savor what comes your way.

Cheryl

What a great word! When we savor, we do more than just be present. We enjoy what we do. I look forward to following your journey as you savor what comes your way.

Cheryl

Love how you analyzed your word and found such great quotes too. I’m impressed you created an action plan. I think I will too. Thanks!

Jean wise

I love the list you made of “great advantages” that Savor can gift you with. It’s a beautiful word with lots of nuance! I always admire how organized and intentional you are with your One Word too. It inspires me to do the same.

Lisa notes

Hi Jodee, I just want to say Thanks for the WOTY idea! Started it last year and it’s been great. I always enjoy reading your emails and blog posts! Your word “Savor” is so good – it reminds me to make the most of the time Now and Today, to not look back. It’s like Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I do a new thing! NOW it springs forth; do you not perceive it?” Savor inspires us to keep alert to what God is doing now and to relish it. To keep us present in His presence and His presents of now. Thanks again for sharing your WOTY.

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