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Dorina is a multicultural speaker, author, Bible teacher, foodie, mentor, and trail runner. Her devotional, Walk, Run, Soar, will be released from Bethany House in September 2020. She helps people navigate grief and chase after God's glory. Dorina and her husband Shawn are raising three brave girls in Central California.

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  1. Dorina,
    A “word” party…what a terrific idea. My word for 2020 is “simplify”. My soul has been craving rest for a long time. I’ve longed to just languish in the Lord’s presence. I feel like I’ve gotten some of that rest. Now I need to trim or simplify my life…going through the tough exercise of cutting out what isn’t life-giving in my life and clinging to what gives life. This might sound a little selfish, but I’ve let too many things stand in the way between me and my Savior. Not all of them are bad, but I need to trim the fat and focus on the One person who really matters. Everything else is secondary. Excited to read others’ words.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Thank you for sharing! I need to pray on my word but what I am yearning for is the next step in his plan for my life. The masters he led me in I finally finished with distinction! Only by his hand did he carry me through the writing process. Now that I am finished I am working but at a temporary job in purchasing nothing to do with my Masters in peace and conflict. I want to serve, follow be his hands and feet but most of all I want to strengthen grow my relationship with him. Any suggestions of a word are prayerfully welcome!

    • PEACE : that was the word that came to me immediately, before I barely finished reading. It’s possible it could have been related
      to your Masters title, not sure but PEACE is the word that was spoken to me. I wish you God’s wisdom in choosing your word for
      2020.

    • Dear Jas, you have been in my prayers ever since you spoke about finding the right job to fit your degree. The word for you that just came to me is Flourish. Maybe that means for you to “bloom where you’re planted”. I have no idea! I’m just throwing it out there. When I was working as a nurse, I often struggled with a battle between doing the best job for my hospital and doing the best job for my patients. I chose my patients. And serving God through serving them. And, oddly enough, my hospital allowed me to do just that. I’m so grateful.

  3. Happy New Year and new Word!
    My word is Abide… I feel so enveloped in His love by this Word, His word for me! Yes I have abided even more so since this last year I’ve lost my mom and a younger brother. God’s sooo sweet as He gives me rest and family of believers to walk the journey of grieving once again..
    blessings to and through you sweet ladies \0/

    • Yessss, please on the word “rest.” I’ve been on a personal journey for the last four years learning about rest. One reason I love soar is that it implies resting and gliding, not striving or flapping our wings!

  4. I have not completely decided on my word yet, but I’m leaning towards delight. I get so caught up in the daily tasks of life and my to do list I forget to just enjoy my life and delight in my tasks, most importantly, my family.

  5. thank you for this article! After a difficult 2019, I am ready for 2020…my word for this year is BLOOM…I will bloom this year with all of the blessings the Lord provides with His promises, grace and mercy. May you all be blessed as well xo

  6. I love the word party idea too- such a good good way to begin the year mentally and emotionally. I just prayed up asking for a word and I believe it is minimize. Minimize the distractions including excess, debt, activities, and hoping for a move to get us into a little more comfort. Pray on these things so God knows our desire then live in abundance where He has us now. In life and in love. Be good stewards of the gifts he gave us now and without distraction. Spreading too thin is a big distraction we have and we need to learn to minimize this. Be free so we are clearly focused on Him. All the time. Minimize so our hearts want more of him. Verse for the year: john 3:30- less of me and more of Him. It’s everything.

    • I love that you are being intentional to reflect and write what you learn as you delve deeper into your word. Thanks for sharing your link!

  7. your write up is beautiful. my word for 2020 is ” attention”, not getting attention but attention in paying attention to the details in my life and around me daily..and being thankful I see them.
    I realized most of the past decade was spent chasing after my family daily that I never slow down..never look around anymore.
    I’m a great one at giving thanks to God and seeing his beauty in everything but that has been shoved away..so this 2020 I’m going to pay more attention !

  8. Dorina,

    I live in the mindset of scarcity sometimes. Feel like you can’t give more than x amount to this place or that. Truth is one can’t out give God. I know that & have seen it in my own life. He has blessed me immensely over the years & especially last year with a great new part-time job. Why so worried about money & not living abundantly? It takes a lot of trust & faith in God to live that way. In doing so you will see Him work in miraculous ways. My word is bloom this year. I want to bloom where He plants me. Doing my best to show His love & light to those around me. My motto is the John Wesley quote: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Simply live like Jesus did. Help those you can!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, what a great quote and focus for the year! It’s good to have boundaries and choose rest at times like Jesus, but it’s also important to live in that way that is generous and giving instead of inward and hoarding. I’m always aware of that fine line.

  9. My word for this year is BLOOM. I retired from the workforce in 2019, and then a couple months later my 88 year old mom fell and broke her arm and pelvis, which increased my caregiver role considerably. She’s doing fine physically now, but 2 months of hospital and rehab center took a toll on her dementia so that I was strongly encouraged to move her to assisted living/memory care. I’ve just completed moving her things from her old apartment, but she’s still having difficulty adjusting to her new home after 2 months. I’m tired and a little discouraged by how retirement has been shaping up for me so far. I love my mom and there are many blessings in caregiving, but I’m hoping this year will also allow me to bloom where God is planting me and grow in His grace and love. I am learning a lot and perhaps this is my season for ministry to the elderly. Then I want to be effective and happy sharing God’s love with them.

  10. My word throughout this year is Abide (as in reside/live in God’s Word). I feel safe, strong, supported, uplifted, wisdom filled, full of hope when I abide without wavering in His presence.

  11. Wow this word party is a good idea. I dont know what my word is yet but going to pray about it and see what God places in my heart.

  12. Dorina, Thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed reading this… Thank you for the gentle reminders of the things that truly matter. Congratulations on your book contract, I wish you the very very best. “He who began the good work in you will be faithful to complete it”, Amen.

    Blessings to you and your entire family! 🙂

    Bomi

  13. Dorina, I love this so much, friend — both your tradition of a word party and all the God taught you about abundance in 2019. I see the fruit of these lessons and God’s goodness in your life, and I’m so grateful for the ways you have shared from the overflow of your heart here at (in)courage. My word for 2020 in kindness — to learn all I can about God’s kindness, notice every evidence of it in my life, and spread it to others.

    • Thank you, friend. That’s what I love about doing a deep dive into one word. It becomes such a part of daily learning and living. I love that word kindness. God has been inviting me to notice and give in that direction as well.

  14. I have since 1992 prayed each December for a Word and for a Verse God would use to draw me closer to Him in the new year… last year was “Delight” and Psalm 121:8 as I experienced God guarding my going out and coming in daily.
    This year God drew me to “Abide” and John 15: 5&7. Hence I am praying I will produce more fruit and draw closer to him in 2020.
    I have found doing this all these years is so beneficial and it is exciting to see God work thru me.
    Happy New Year to all… excited to have you joining my long tradition.

    • John 15 is one of the chapters I studied when I wrote my Flourishing Together Bible study. It’s very special to me and God used it to challenge and inspire me. May He be ever-close to you as you abide in Him this year!

  15. Thank you for this post! Last year, in the midst of physical pain, I chose the word JOY. It carried me through pain, surgery, and months of recovery.
    I have not chosen a word yet, but as I read, the word “Cherish” came to my mind.
    My word may have chosen me!
    May you SOAR through 2020!

  16. my word is begin… I am timid and fearful, afraid of failure, afraid of being inadequate, afraid of what others will think/say… so afraid that I am frozen in place. So my word is begin..begin my journey to Jesus

    • Katherine, thank you for sharing honestly here. Begin is a perfect word. It’s about taking that next right step and following Jesus. It’s about reading His Word and filling our hearts with truth. It’s about pivoting away from the lies of inadequacy and approval and basking in His lavish love for us. I pray for you as you BEGIN here in 2020!

  17. Grace. He abundantly shines upon each trial that although at times so overwhelming I can’t breath they are reminders to me to quietly lean towards Him and surrender to His Grace and glorify Him in the gift of each trial.

  18. My WOY from the (in)courage quiz is bloom. The past couple of years have been really challenging, and I still feel myself searching for stability. For me, the word is a good way to focus on truly living each day and trusting that God will direct me where he needs me to be.

    • Thank you, sweet friend! I’m continuing to wait on Him for just the right wind. Learning to soar means creating new rhythms of rest and not striving, listening and gliding!

  19. My word of the year is come. I lost my son 2 years ago and the pain from that loss has been tremendous. The first year I clung to God. The 2nd year, I checked out. Now a new year, a new season. I know nowI can not do life without my Savior! He wants me to come back to Him. To fully rely on Him and His truths. I want to thrive and be rooted in his word! God did not allow this pain to not be used to glorify Him. I will glorify His name!

    • Thank you for declaring your word here. I am so sorry for your loss. Having lost my husband, I know that grief takes its own time and we need to be gentle with ourselves. God often beckoned me to come and rest with Him as I grieved. I am praying over you, my friend. May you experience His presence in a memorable way this year!