2019 Word of the Year – Immerse

*by Kathleen Guire

I started choosing a word a year many years ago because some friends told me about it. Actually God chose it for me. Some years it took months for me to hear it. Some years I tried to reason it out of existence. It would sneak into my thoughts again and once I wrote it down in my journal. About three years ago, I found out Debbie Macomber wrote a book –

One Perfect Word: One Word Can Make All the Difference,

I checked out of the library on cd and listened to it on a solo trip to South Carolina. I had lots of aha moments during the listen and wished I could write and drive. If you are wondering what all this “Word of the Year” stuff is, I recommend you read or listen to her book! On to my word.

From my journal:


Go deep. Hold your breath.

Go under. Come up breathless.

Enjoy the ride.

Take the plunge.

Do things that are exhilarating.

Get out of your comfort zone.


Immerse- 1. Dip or submerge in a liquid. 2. Involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest. Absorb, engross in, engage in, lose oneself in, involve with, bury in, swamp with, occupy with, fixate on.


Roaring deep calls to roaring deep at the thinger of your water spouts: all Your breakers and YOur roaring waves have gone over me. – Psalm 42: 7

Deep calls to deep.

When you go deeper, you are more prone to deep thunder, water power.

Breakers, waves- power surges.

I think of waves crashing over me at the beach. I have had waves of fear wash over me. Wouldn’t it be cool to have waves of joy? I’ve had waves of revelation. Wouldn’t it be cool to have bigger waves of revelation wash over me? I have sometimes had huge waves of revelation, but in order to have these, I have to set aside the time to dig deep. To immerse myself. Guess what? This is free for those who ask for it!

“Wait and listen everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].

Why do spend your money for that which is not bread and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently unto Me, and eat what is good and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy].”


Thank you for the Word this year and for the opportunity and invitation to go deep and immerse myself in your word. Thank you that immersion will bleed into other areas of my life and my soul will delight in joy.



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